Rejoice Deadpool fans! The newest addition to the Marvel Comics movie machine looks to be great way to spend Valentine's Day with your sweetie. That is, of course, if your sweetie likes crude humor, violence and quick one-liners spewing forth at breakneck speed ... and let's face it, who doesn't?
Rotten Tomatoes is currently showing a certified fresh rating of 84%, as many film critics rate the Ryan Reynolds showstopper a fun, fast and much-needed shot in the arm of the superhero genre. He constantly takes time to break through the fourth wall and include the audience in his shenanigans.
Critic Kurt Loder states on Reason:
"First-time director Tim Miller, best-known as a visual-effects artist, stages some spectacular (if over-extended) stunt and demolition work; and Reynolds—so long tethered on the brink of full stardom—gives a furiously athletic performance, kicking heads and ventilating opponents while firing off a continuous barrage of sick one-liners, many of them meta."
Jackie K. Cooper of Huffington Post opines:
"The jokes are good and the action sequences are sharply done. The tone of the movie is consistent. It is all snarky comments and four-letter words galore. We even get some nudity thrown into the mix. This all accounts for the R , rating, which might provide a mild stumbling block for the target audience, which is teens."
Of course, there's always at least one Debbie Downer -- which, in this instance, is Kenneth Turan of LA Times, who tells us:
"You're initially jazzed by his effrontery, but Deadpool, with his relentlessly glib, nothing-sacred attitude, is not an individual who wears particularly well. Despite everyone's good intentions, watching him in action makes you feel like Mickey Mouse in 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice,' desperate for the off switch that is not there."
Either way, it sure seems like movie-goers will get their money's worth. Go forth and enjoy yourselves!
Deadpool also stars Morena Baccarin (she of Firefly fame), Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones), and comedian T.J. Miller (Big Hero 6). The movie opened in the US on Friday, February 12.