Welcome to another edition of Movie Review Monday!
This week's film is the recently released Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, and TJ Miller.
I wanted to highlight this movie as it is the first big movie of 2016 that I have seen in theaters and it is something special indeed. Focusing on the fan favorite character from Marvel Comics, Deadpool is an origin story movie to get the movie-going masses acquainted with this unique character. With a hard R rating, the movie does the character justice, showcasing his full range of violent acts, vulgar language, and all around silly fun.
What I appreciate about this movie existing, is just that really, that it exists. It took a long time to get out of development hell, and we all should be thankful it did. It shines as a unique, original movie among the current comic book superhero movie landscape. It is like you mixed the awesomely visceral action of Netflix's Daredevil series with the fun and humor of Guardians of the Galaxy, and added a little self-aware meta material for good measure. Plus, it allows Marvel (or Fox more specifically) to explore another uncharted corner of their comic book universe. Deadpool's wacky adventures can be smaller scale and exist outside (and alongside) the exploits of the X-Men or possibly The Fantastic Four (since Fox owns movie rights to both of these).
I'm really pleased that Deadpool is opening very strongly this weekend at the box office. I highly recommend any fan of the character, any fan of comic book movies, or any fan of fun to go see this movie. You will not be disappointed. While it is not a perfect movie (and hardly any are) the good stuff far outweighs the weaker spots.