On its way to a record-breaking President's Day weekend, Tim Miller's Deadpool is the latest craze from the Marvel Comics universe. While I'm here to confirm that the film is definitely a strong watch for a multitude of reasons, I can't say that I'm on board with the massive, over-the-top outpouring of affection handed to Ryan Reynolds' decade-long passion project. But as long as you temper expectations to a reasonable level, you're destined to enjoy one of the finer films adapted from Marvel Comics.
Wade Wilson (Reynolds) is a self-absorbed mercenary who finally experiences the powerful, life-altering ability of true love when he meets Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). But as their emotional bond grows throughout the passing months, Wade eventually discovers that he's suffering from widespread late-stage cancer. Desperate to overcome the fatal illness and, more importantly, refusing to grow weak and feeble in the eyes of Vanessa, Wade disappears and accepts a nefarious offer to transform his dying body into a mutated form with super-human abilities.
Deadpool is a self-aware and relentlessly sarcastic superhero flick unlike anything audiences have ever experienced. The film's desperation for laughs becomes almost as detrimental as it beneficial. But comedy is the most notable aspect of Deadpool, its non-chronological and well structured story is delivered extremely well. This consuming 100 minute high-octane ride offers magnificent fight sequences, spectacular visuals and something the other film's from the Marvel universe always seem to lack, a developed and enticing villainous foe. Deadpool isn't the finest superhero film to ever captivate audiences, but it's one that's certainly worth a viewing or two.