REVIEW: ‘Deadpool’ an ‘absolute joy’

by Steven Young

youngst@mnstate.edu

The lastest movie from 20th Century Fox is an absolute joy — and a good return for a studio that has, lately, been delivering everything from divisive to downright awful comic book movies. “Deadpool” is not only a breath of fresh air, but also one of the rare early-month movies actually worth watching.

“Deadpool” follows the titular “Merc with a Mouth,” as he seeks revenge against the man who kidnapped his fiancée and transformed him into his current state. Though the plot is unoriginal, it’s successful, making up for any flaws with indisputable entertainment.

In a lot of ways, the movie echoes “Dredd,” a hyper-violent comic book film released in 2012. That film was also known for its mature content, but “Deadpool” is much more effective. The film is clearly a comedy, and because of this, the audience is able to comprehend the movie’s sense of humor better, as opposed to the sometimes confusing style of “Dredd.”

Another memorable strength of “Deadpool” is its dead-on casting. Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool, and he ignites the screen with a magnetic and charismatic performance. He stays true to the comic’s character, and unlike many superhero flicks, his romantic motivations actually strengthen the subplot.

Additionally, comic book fans will be ecstatic to see an on-screen depiction of the  character Colossus. Speaking as a fan, I was happy to see him act and look like his comic book self. 

This fantastic comic book movie is a must-see for anyone who loves action, comedies and even romance. While the story is formulaic, it makes up for it with excellent direction, smart writing, razor sharp wit and near-perfect casting.

Make sure to stay through the credits.

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