Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
It s a film that s amused with itself, but thanks to a screwball screenplay by Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick and a charmingly snarky lead turn by Ryan Reynolds, that amusement is both thoroughly earned and completely contagious.
A really raunchy, very dirty and pretty funny goof on the entire superhero ethos, as well as the first Marvel film to irreverently trash the brand.
It s fun, but it s not for everyone, and definitely not for families.
Ryan Reynolds gets the full-throttle wisecracking showcase he deserves in this scabrously funny origin story.
Deadpool benefits from an intimate story with more heart than you would expect, but also a go-for-broke zeal, edging at times into Naked Gun-style parody.
Rarely boring, but not half as smart, funny or subversive as it clearly believes itself to be.
Just as Deadpool himself wears a mask to hide his hideous features, Deadpool conceals a highly conventional origin story under a lot of winking self-awareness.
Deadpool avoids enough pitfalls to both embrace and flamb? the superhero genre while also finding time for romance, doling out equal handfuls of bullets, barbs and warm fuzzies.
The politically incorrect material suits Ryan Reynolds as snugly as Marvel s tight red costume, giving the Canadian actor a chance to work out his mutant power for hurling snarky one-liners.
Reynolds is entertaining; it s rather sweet to see this eternally not-quite-a-star get closer than usual to justifying star billing.