Deadpool ★★★½


Deadpool, directed by Tim Miller and starring Ryan Reynolds, is a winking, formulaic joyride built by convention but constantly in love/appalled by its restraints. It's a whole lot of fun, spectacular in the rapid-fire nature of every gag and featuring a surprisingly tender romance at the center of its fucked-up heart. Pretending that it's anything more than that almost nullifies the low stakes of what Miller and company have tried to achieve, but I believe from the opening credits, Deadpool showcases itself as openly and honestly as possible, bringing engaging characters (except the bleh villain) to the forefront and playing off of their own restrictions. I laughed until my sides hurt, I actually cared about Wade Wilson's plight, and by the end, I was ready for more. Job well done.


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