My original review of the first “Deadpool” from two years ago is gone, but here is an alternate version of it. It is a Marvel action R-rated comedy that became one of the highest grossing R-rated comedies, making fans laugh out loud. It does a swell job satirizing the Marvel universe, as well as the star Ryan Reynolds and some of his movies. Unfortunately, I did not eat up the movie the way most people did.
When I first saw the movie, I was having a difficult time processing the fact that Wade Wilson (Reynolds) is ” a bad guy who gets paid to f*ck up worse guys.” He’s mean and obnoxious to almost everyone. “Almost,” because he hits it off with a hooker named Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). These two find out he has been diagnosed with cancer, and out of the blue comes a man, who offers him a cure.
The film’s main bad guy Francis Freeman (Ed Skrein), AKA Ajax, injects Wade with a serum that cures his cancer, but leaves his body looking like he’s been burnt. He ends up becoming the anti-hero Deadpool, and continues with wisecracks on the bad guys, including two X-Men members-the steal giant Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) and the kid Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand)-who both think he could be an X-Men if he had the right potential.
They join forces with Deadpool to get his girl back from Ajax.
It took me 2 years to process the fact that Reynolds’ character is a jerk, who again picks on most characters. But I do admit Reynolds does a nice job playing that kind of guy. I also liked Skrein as Ajax, and his dialogue and vulnerability makes him charming. And there are some likable supporting characters like Wade’s bartending friend (TJ Miller) and a taxi driver (Karan Soni), both of whom can take his dialogue.
I also admit there are laughs, some good music (from DMX to Salt n Pepa to George Michael), and a lot of nice R-rated action scenes. But the problem with the movie is how the story has to jump around from Wade’s love life to Deadpool’s battles, and how mean the jokes can be.
I didn’t really want to say those things at the time of its release, but now, I just have to say them. I can laugh at a comedy where some mean jokes are added, but only if they have flexibility.
Sorry about this guys.
Playing as part of the “Deadpool’s Double Feature” in select theaters May 17.