Movie Review: Deadpool

I'll admit that I didn't know much about the Deadpool character before going to see this film, in which Ryan Reynolds plays the title role. The movie is also rated R, which is unusual for a Marvel film - the Avengers movies and others are usually PG-13. The movie ended up being a more tongue-in-cheek film, and it was a lot of fun although it definitely deserves its R-rating.

Wade Wilson (Reynolds) is a normal guy for the most part. He has a girlfriend, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), he has friends like Weasel (T.J. Miller), and, oh yeah, he's also a mercenary for hire. When he gets diagnosed with cancer, however, it's obvious that he only has a few months to live, and he leaves his girlfriend in order to spare her the pain of him dying. Then a mysterious man (Jed Rees) approaches Wade at his usual bar hangout one night and offers him an intriguing deal: he can cure Wade's cancer. Wade decides to take him up on this, but things don't go as planned; the side effects leave him feeling, let's say, not like himself, so he renames himself Deadpool.

This film will spark your interest from the very beginning - make sure to pay close attention to the opening credits, and they're a little unusual. Reynolds was very good in the part of Wade/Deadpool, and you might also recognize Ed Skrein (The Transporter Refueled) as an enemy of his, as well as T.J. Miller (Wade's friend), Morena Baccarin (the TV remake of V), and a few other minor characters.

Yes, see this movie, but if you have younger kids, do be cognizant of the movie's R-rating; it has a lot of sexual content and violence. That being said, it is probably one of the more "fun" Marvel movies I've seen to-date; a fellow screening friend said that it reminded him a bit of Guardians of the Galaxy (in that it doesn't take itself too seriously), with which I would agree. Deadpool is also an "anti-hero," as he calls himself - he does what he does out of good, for the most part, but his morals and goals aren't 100% noble like most of the Marvel heroes. Remember to stay after the credits for an additional bonus scene, as well - it's short but worth seeing.

Deadpool is in theaters today, February 12th, and is rated R with a runtime of 108 minutes. 4 stars out of 5.

{click here to pre-order Deadpool - it will be released Spring 2016}

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