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‘Deadpool’

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Well then!

So the usual primer: I know my comic books and comic book films, but really, knew next to nothing of Deadpool.

(Which probably made me the target audience for this film.)

Just my opinion, but I think you have to go back to the first ‘Avengers’ to find a comic book film this funny and that ‘knew what it was.’

Most of us recognized Ryan Reynolds had ‘it’, at least a decade ago.  The women loved him, he’s quick witted, can’t say I’ve ever had a bad story about the guy, ever (which is borderline impossible in this town).  And he’s had some ‘shots’ but they never…quite…worked out.

Until now.

Short non spoiler setup: A mercenary learns he has terminal cancer and volunteers for a ‘secret project’ that can potentially cure him.  And he’s cured all right.  Mutated to the point he heals from any wound inflicted on him.  Down side…he looks like a burnt piece of shit.  The ‘story’ of the film is a fairly straightforward ‘revenge’ story where he seeks out the people responsible for ‘curing/destroying’ him.

The real joy of the movie is the number of in-jokes for the comic book (movie) crowd.  No one is safe: not the studio (Fox), not the comic giant (Marvel), not Ryan Reynolds’ um…past attempts to headline a comic book franchise (Green Lantern).  And that’s not even half the jokes.

(Especially if you’re like me) if you’re a little fatigued at this point by the genre, you have to see this film.  It’s worth it.

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Green Lantern

 

The best way to start this is by saying I probably know more about the backstory of this character than most just through having a good friend who’s a diehard fan of this character, but in terms of my expectations for this movie, I wasn’t expecting to be blown away.  And as I turns out, I wasn’t.

Now that doesn’t mean I thought this film was bad, that’s going too far.  From my point of view though, there were two major problems.

One, it was trying to be all things to all people.  There’s a storyline about the three main characters and their relationships with their fathers; that’s interesting.  There’s the visual, outer space story about how the Universe is broken up and how there’s a Green Lantern for each section of the Universe.  That’s interesting.  There’s the love story between these two childhood friends who can’t commit to each other.  Interesting.  And there’s a story about their third friend who is the smartest of them all but gets the least emotional support.  Also interesting.  And the movie tells all four of the stories, fairly equally.  So you have about a half hour total with each story, with the tone moving from ‘The fate of our world is at stake’ to ‘I look pretty cool as a superhero’ to ‘Daddy didn’t love me’.  I think you see where I’m going with this…it was a lot.  And that was my take as a casual fan; I heard some true fanboys spewing hate as the credits rolled.

The other problem for the film (which others have said) is that this is a rough time to make an ‘average’ comic book film.  The bar is just ridiculously high.  And especially if you’re not one of the Big Three (Superman, Batman, Spider Man), you have to really knock it out of the park to get the casual moviegoer to say ‘I want to see more of that.’  I’m kind of indifferent to ‘Thor 2’ for example, but I am interested in how ‘The Avengers’ will turn out.

You’re on deck, Captain America…