by Tony Medley
Runtime 108 minutes.
Not for children.
The song ďAngel of the
MorningĒ opens this movie accompanying the credits. That was the last
thing I liked.
It is an apparently
tongue-in-cheek look at superhero movies, starting out with credits
describing the filmmakers with names like ďThe Other Funny Guyď(or
something like that; I didnít write them down). Then itís narrated in
the first person by Wade Wilson who becomes Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds).
What follows is an extremely violent story, filled with the vulgar
language and references that have become monotonously the same in
superhero picture after superhero picture; gory, violent fights between
characters who are invulnerable and can only be killed when the script
calls for them to die. Otherwise, bullets go through them, knives pass
completely through their chests to come out the other side, but they
just pull them out. Someday it will have to be explained how it is
possible for such creatures to die, but die they do, however only on
Whether creator Stan Lee
knows it or not, this is strikingly reminiscent of Stephen J. Cannellís
anti-hero private eye, James Rockford, as played by James Garner.
Deadpool has the same devil-may-care attitude as Rockford and defies
every superhero rule, except the one that says he canít be killed. If
you like superhero movies like I like private eye movies, you will
probably be entertained and get all the in-jokes.
The film is egregiously
violent and has some torture scenes that are gratuitously offensive and
I sat next to a
20-something critic for an online publication. She loved it. She laughed
at the credits and throughout the film (because the narration is meant
to be funny). She had warned me before the film started that if I didnít
like Marvel Superhero movies I was in for a long night. When it was over
I told her that she was right, this is definitely a generational film
and Iím not in that generation. As far as Iím concerned all these Marvel
X-Man superhero type films are intellectual diarrhea, filled with boring
sameness. How many times can one sit through the same thing?