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Monday, February 22, 2016

To be honest, we did not see Deadpool at the drive-in, but not for any fault of ours. Since the movie was released in mid-February, we had to go see it at a hard top theater. So, we decided that we would go all out and see it on the IMAX screen, which was the right choice. But to be honest, this movie would be good on any size screen.

After many years of rumors and innuendo back and forth, the Deadpool movie was finally released. Before anyone asks, no Ryan Reynolds did not reprise his Wade Wilson role from the X-Men series for this Deadpool movie. This Wade Wilson is nothing like the mindless killing machine we saw in the X-Men (Wolverine) movie. This was the real Deadpool, and it is a movie that was done to perfection.

Is this a family movie? Well, if your family enjoys decapitating bad guys and throwing around F-bombs like they are part of mama’s home cooking, then yes it is. But if you are like most families, then this is not for kids.  This is a movie for adults only, which is just how Deadpool is supposed to be.

There are a lot of things left out of this movie that were a little disappointing. My hope is that they bring Deadpool’s two inner voices into the second movie because, in my opinion, those voices offer half the comedy in his comic books and in his video game. This is the Deadpool origin movie, and it was loosely based on the origin story that was already out there. When I say loosely, I really mean loosely.

The core of this movie is a love story, which is something no Deadpool story I have ever read has ever been. I found the love story angle to be something that Reynolds and the others who made this movie had to put in there to make Fox Studios happy. After all, Fox is the studio that continues to mutilate the Fantastic Four series and put out lousy superhero movie after lousy superhero movie. When I first saw that Fox was involved in this film, I was disappointed. Luckily, Marvel was also involved, and I am convinced that it was Marvel that saved this movie.

Reynolds is Deadpool, almost. To me, Deadpool is a huge, muscle bound smart ass who is not interested in doing anything but causing chaos. Reynolds has it all except the muscle bound part. Yes, Reynolds got really ripped for this movie. But Deadpool is built more like Bautista, which I felt was an important part of the story. But, we do not get Bautista as Deadpool, we instead get lean Ryan Reynolds. The good news is that Reynolds makes it work, and it is easy to get lost in the movie.

The movie takes a lot of liberties with the Deadpool that comic fans are familiar with. Reynolds’ Deadpool is not nearly as deformed as the one I remember reading, and Deadpool’s humor tends to be a little more bathroom-based. But, I am going to admit that I like the fact that Reynolds avoided the potty humor and went to comedy that was more entertaining. Reynolds’ performance as Deadpool was convincing and extremely entertaining. The supporting cast was also fun to watch, and I would suspect that many of them will be back in the sequel.

Right from the clever opening credits which are a satire of the opening credits we see in every single superhero movie, we know we are watching a movie that was meant for the audience. Deadpool breaks the fourth wall on a regular basis, but he only does it as Deadpool. As Wade Wilson, Reynolds never addresses the audience directly. But when he is Deadpool, it is like he is sitting next to you watching his own movie.

There are some minor flaws with Deadpool, but there are also plenty of reasons why it was the first R-rated movie to open with more than $100 million at the box office. There are plenty of really good reasons why this movie will pull in close to $1 billion in worldwide box office before it is done. It is a funny movie, and it is the kind of movie that you have to buy when it comes out on Blu-Ray because you will want to watch it over and over again. Trust me… it is that good.

Rating: 4 out of 5

+George N Root III is a drive-in maniac who hopes that Deadpool makes it as a second feature when the drive-in opens. Follow him on Twitter @georgenroot3 or send him a message at

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