“Deadpool”: A Comic Book Movie Like No Other
If you’re a Marvel fan, chances are that “Deadpool” was at the top of your list of movies to see in 2016, and for good reason. The misrepresentation of the character of Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was disappointing to many Marvel fans. Better writing in “Deadpool” allowed both the character and the actor to gain redemption. With all the flair and sass that should absolutely come with any movie starring Deadpool, this newest Marvel film far exceeded box office predictions and may have changed the game when it comes to comic book movies. “Deadpool” has proven that not all superhero movies need to be family friendly or released in 3D in order to be successful.
“Deadpool” raked in more than $132 million in one weekend, according to Forbes, something unheard of for an R-rated film. That’s over $44 million per day. The comic book adaptation has now earned more than $328 million domestic and is all set to cross the $700 million mark internationally. All of this is aided by the brilliant, money-saving decision to release the film only in 2D instead of needlessly converting it to 3D, as happens so often now. You won’t be needing 3D glasses to enjoy “Deadpool” because it’s just that good, all on its own.
“Deadpool” is insanely funny while packing in outrageous fight scenes. During the opening credits, jokes about previous Ryan Reynolds movies are mixed with sly jokes about the comic book movie genre.
“Deadpool” also surprised us with its inclusion of strong female characters. In contrast with the beloved but male-dominated Marvel Cinematic Universe which gifted us with “The Avengers” and other such films, “Deadpool” actually starred a remarkable number of plot-important women so that the two sexes were (almost) equally represented.
“Deadpool” is a shining example of what can happen when the people making a comic book movie actually care about staying true to the comics, and when the actor playing the lead is just right for the part. It breaks the fourth wall in all the right places, referencing Deadpool’s dank cinematic past and cementing itself as the superior. The film’s makers have more than earned the right to roll around in giant piles of the money they’ve made. We won’t judge, just as long as they promise to give us more.
MPAA Rating: R for violence, nudity, and profanity.