We are in the new age of superhero movies. It arguably began in 2000 with the release of Bryan Singer’s X-Men. It was followed in steady progression by films like Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, Superman Returns, and the launch of the new Marvel Universe with Jon Favreau’s Iron Man in 2008. Since then we have seen superheroes of all shapes and sizes from well known icons like Superman in Man of Steel to unknown cult heroes as in the spectacular Guardians of the Galaxy. And now we have been introduced to one of the most unique superheroes ever with this week’s release of Deadpool.
Ryan Reynolds plays Wade Wilson, a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary who finds himself facing terminal cancer. When he is offered the chance to not only cure the cancer but to become an enhanced soldier, he takes it not expecting the experiment to horribly disfigure him while giving him extraordinary abilities. Now going under the identity of a masked vigilante named Deadpool, Wade sets out to find the man who disfigured him and seek his revenge.
Deadpool is about as unique an experience as you are likely to get in a superhero movie. Not only does the film break the fourth wall allowing Deadpool to comment and relate his situation to the viewing audience but it is chock full of lewd and crude humor, insane action sequences and spectacular special effects. Ryan Reynolds was born to play this over the top character and does so with such conviction and glee you can’t help but be sucked into his world. The action sequences, both fist fights and gun battles, are stunningly choreographed and the entire cast including Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin and the scene stealing T.J. Miller are all on point. This is all the showmanship of the best superhero movies combined with the sidesplitting humor of the best raunchy comedy and it works exceedingly well. Reynolds and director Tim Miller reportedly spent years trying to get this movie made with the intention of it being 100% faithful to the comic and it paid off in spades with one of the best times you will have with a superhero movie ever. Very highly recommended.