Perhaps best known for having the most annoying fans this side of Death Grips, Deadpool has become a fan favorite in the Marvel Comics universe, so hype around his first solo film was massive. People were worried that Fox may have fucked him up as they did in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the promotional material put those concerns to rest. Clearly, this was the Deadpool movie fans wanted. But still, it seemed like a long shot. I mean, a hard-R superhero movie with a pansexual lead and no established heroes in it? A considerable amount of analysts thought it would flop.
These analysts failed to account for a number of factors: the Fox hype machine, which made the film practically unavoidable this past month; the aforementioned fans, who make up a sizable portion of the young adult demographic; and of course, the fact that it was coming out pretty much unopposed on Valentine’s Day. Really, I’m not at all surprised by how well this film is doing.
I am glad, though, because it’s like, really good. It doesn’t just have good action (but it does have phenomenal action), and it’s not just a good X-Men movie (undoubtedly the best in the franchise), but it’s also one of the best comedies I’ve ever seen. Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, and TJ Miller light up every single scene they’re in. It’s a hundred jokes a minute and 80% of them hit. It’s written by the duo behind Zombieland and directed by first-timer Tim Miller, whom I’m very excited to see more from.
I really don’t have any complaints. See it. I give it an A. Run along now.