|DEADPOOL (director: Tim Miller; screenwriters: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick; cinematographer: Ken Seng; editor: Julian Clarke; music: Tom Holkenborg; cast: Ryan Reynolds (Wade/Deadpool), Morena Baccarin (Vanessa), Ed Skrein (Ajax), T.J. Miller (Weasel), Gina Carano (Angel Dust), Leslie Uggams (Blind Al), Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead), Karan Soni (Dopinder), Jed Rees (Recruiter), Stefan Kapicic (Colossus-voice), Randal Reeder (Buck), Isaac C. Singleton Jr. (Boothe); Runtime: 107; MPAA Rating: R; producers:Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds; 20th Century Fox; 2016)|
|"Witless, wisecracking, lewd and
irreverent Marvel’s comic-book
by Dennis Schwartz
feature director Tim Miller helms this witless,
wisecracking, lewd and irreverent Marvel’s
comic-book creation. Writers Rhett Reese and
Paul Wernick ply all their efforts to dumbing down the
superhero film to slurs, cheap rape jokes and
references to X-men.
former Special Forces operative turned
mercenary, Wade Wilson (Ryan
Reynolds), undergoes a rogue experiment
after he contacts cancer and that leaves him with
accelerated healing powers. The super-cool anti-hero,
adorned in a red spandex costume, seeks revenge on the
person who disfigured him. He uses his alter ego name
of Deadpool, as the scar-faced mutant plays it
footloose in superhero drag while showboating a foul
The shallow film makes no emotional connections with the viewer. It's a novelty superhero film that rests on showcasing extreme violence and extreme bad taste. It's played for laughs. But I didn't find it funny. It's exhaustively crude and smug, and never got off to a good start with me. The film strikes me with the same feelings the villain arms dealer played by Ed Skrein says to the mutant, "I find you so relentlessly annoying."
REVIEWED ON 2/21/2016 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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