Friday, February 12, 2016

'Deadpool' movie review

"WAIT! You may be wondering why the red suit. Well, that's so bad guys don't see me bleed. [Points at a thug on the left] This guy's got the right idea. ... He wore the brown pants!" — Deadpool

"Deadpool" — the concise review: Vulgar. Violent. Inappropriate. But hysterical, brilliant and ohhhh so much fun! Grade: A
"Deadpool" — the not-so-concise review: I haven't laughed so hard in a movie theater in … well, does it matter? I just know I laughed my a** off!

And the male-dominated, mostly teenage and young-adult crowd that saw it with me Thursday during a special preview showing at Norwalk Premiere Theatre 8 howled too. (Note to teenage boys: It's not cool to smell like a boys' locker room in public. Take a shower. Or two! Luckily, the aroma of popcorn overcame the occasional whiffs of B.O.)

I can't imagine what Deadpool would say about some of the B.O. that a couple of fans had kickin'. … Wait, yes, I do. He'd say it's "a total d*** move."

In short, Ryan Reynolds nails the Merc with the Mouth. The rapid-fire, stream-of-conscience dialogue in the comics gets turned up to 12 onscreen. Reynolds' Deadpool is even mouthier and filthier than the print version. 

"Deadpool" — which is rated "R" for good reason! — is the fourth-wall breaking film you'd expect. And in oh-my-god-he-went-there ways!

The one-liners come hard and fast. (Wow, I can tell Deadpool is wearing off on me.) And there are almost as many references to Reynolds' other superhero outings, other movies and pop culture. 

The irony here is Reynolds is one of Hollywood's most likable and handsome leading men playing Wade Wilson, a horridly scarred man with a potty mouth that would make most sailors blush, who wears a mask for a large majority of the film. The dishonorably discharged Special Forces veteran wants no part of being a superhero. Deadpool shouldn't be appealing, but you can't help but like him. 

The deeper irony is that Reynolds, our leading man, now is playing one for a third time. "Green Lantern" and his unrelated take on Deadpool in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" aren't just referenced; they're the butt of some pretty good jokes.

From the hysterical opening credits, director Tim Miller's film dares to be boldly different, weird and odd. That's just like the premise of "Deadpool": a revenge flick/superhero film that somehow, as Deadpool says, "is a love story." A sick and twisted romance with the smokin' hot Morena Baccarin (whose character is just as twisted as Wilson, making them a perfect match in fact!), but a love story nonetheless.

So, check your brain at the door, kick back, (ignore the B.O. if applicable), have fun and get ready to laugh your rear off. And make sure you wear your brown pants. Just in case. Grade: A

This moment is even funnier in context.

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