Dearest Blog: Yesterday I took my Valentine (me!) to Marquee Cinemas for the first of 2016's bucket of superhero offerings, Deadpool. Spoiler level here will be mild, nothing you wouldn't know from the trailers.
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, a mercenary undergoes a series of experiments that leaves him with some unique powers.
Ryan Reynolds has long been ridiculed as box-office poison, fronting flop after flop, but I've always said he's great, he just needed the right vehicle.
In Deadpool, he's finally found the right vehicle. Deadpool is all about the attitude. Frequently breaking the fourth wall to address the audience directly, he's snarky, rude, and foul.
The movie contains some nudity, a boatload of in-jokes, maximum carnage, and pretty much nothing but bad language, so it's definitely not for the kiddies; however, the incessant puerile humor may wear thin with many adults, too.
Certainly not *this* adult (#driveby!), but...well...some folks may find it a bit much. Deadpool takes its time with a solid story, spelled by well-crafted action and fight sequences, and, though it's Reynolds' movie to carry, he's lucky to be backed by a great supporting cast, particularly the hilarious TJ Miller.
Neither as light as most other Marvel product, nor dark in the same way as DC, Deadpool may be exactly the superhero movie die-hards have been waiting for.
Deadpool clocks in at 108 minutes and is rated R for "strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity."
Deadpool's explicit content will take it off the table for some viewers, but, if you're not among the easily offended, you can't go wrong with this funny and thrilling costumed-hero outing.
Of a possible nine Weasleys, Deadpool gets eight.
Until next time...