Deadpool – a second opinion

The Movie Snob dissents!

Deadpool (D).  Alas, I cannot agree with the glowing review of this movie posted by my amiable colleague the Motor City Reviewer.  It’s yet another superhero movie, but I gather that Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds, Adventureland) is supposed to be a different kind of superhero.  He’s a cynical, motor-mouthed mercenary who doesn’t care about anything or anyone except his beautiful girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin, Serenity).  Unlike your usual Marvel fare, this flick is tarted up with gory violence, incessant vulgar language, and gratuitous sex and nudity.  And Deadpool himself frequently breaks the fourth wall by looking at the camera and commenting on the action for the audience’s benefit.  Some of that commentary is kind of funny.  Reynolds is a likable enough performer, and Baccarin is stunning.  But the plot is same-old-same-old, and the R-rated stuff is really beyond juvenile.  Here’s hoping Captain America: Civil War breaks the recent superhero slump.


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