Movie: Deadpool (2016)
Director: Tim Miller
Writer: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Karan Soni, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Stefan Kapicic, & Brianna Hildebrand
One-Line Plot Synopsis: Deadpool (Reynolds) is a former special forces team member who generates special healing abilities after he's subjected to experimental test and begins to fight crime...sarcastically.
If you're looking for a different kind of Superhero movie, then Deadpool is definitely for you. If this movie were PG-13, I think it would have fallen completely short of what it was going for. It's going to sound weird, but the fact that Deadpool can swear when he's talking shit to villains is half of the reason that the entire schtick of having a smart-ass super killing machine Superhero works in the first play. This movie really hinges on the ability of Ryan Reynolds to be a snarky and arrogant fucking prick but to do so in a good guy sort of way. It's pretty tough to pull off teetering on that fence without becoming insufferable but we've seen Ryan Reynolds do it before in movies like Van Wilder. He's the prick who is also being a jerk as a cover up for his soft and gooey heart of gold inside. It's in there if you search hard enough in Deadpool and that's part of what makes the character work.
A ton of people absolutely loved Deadpool as it became the highest-grossing R-Rated movie in history ($775 million grossed worldwide) but the real genius was in the advertising campaign for the movie. The movie came out Valentine's Day weekend and a lot of the advertising made it look like the movie was actual a date movie that you can see on the oh-so-heartfelt Valentine's Day weekend with your significant other. Just take a look at this movie poster.
They even put together a couple of teasers where they had Ryan Reynolds dressed up as Deadpool in some romantic scenarios. That is perfect PR for this movie.
I enjoyed the movie and thought it was pretty funny even though I thought a couple of the back-and-forths with Reynolds tossing insults dragged on forever and made the movie a little stale at points. I mean, I think the jokes probably land better if there isn't a sarcastic comeback for every...single...comment...made. It got a little repetitive to me after a while, but it was a good change of pace from the very same Avengers/Iron Man movie that comes out each and every summer, and I'm always up for a breath of fresh air and new take on a movie, genre, or trope.
P.S. This trailer made up as a romantic drama is pretty great. I'm a sucker for this trailers cut to make the movie look like a completely different genre.