Still a better love story than The Notebook
Release date: February 12, 2016
Director: Tim Miller
Who should watch this movie: Folks who hate Marvel. People who laugh at “fail” videos online.
When should you watch this movie: When you can’t agree on what to watch with your partner, but the relationships is still too new to really fight-fight about it.
The sell: Ryan Reynolds is just funny enough to pull off this irreverent train-wreck, and just charming enough to make it sweet. In fact, “just enough” is really the key theme here. Some might say that this movie does not take itself seriously, but I would argue that it takes itself just seriously enough to have convincing stakes amidst the barrage of toilet humor. This movie is NOT subtle. Deadpool, unlike many other “superhero” movies (though the extent to which this qualifies as such is questionable), was written by individuals who care deeply about the source material. In so doing, they wrote Deadpool as Deadpool was meant to be: a piece of shit chaos agent with selfish motivations and a weak moral compass. The intense sarcasm and destruction of the fourth wall are all in service of this character and all work in producing a dumpster-fire masterpiece. The end result is something bizarrely enjoyable and genuinely unique. Do not watch this with your kids. (or do if your kids are cool).