Marvel’s ‘Deadpool’ kills with sadistic humor

Shea Beaumont, Contributing Writer

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Meet Deadpool. A slightly psychotic, openly cynical, and foul-mouthed anti-hero crossbred with a ninja assassin and a highly talented marksman. Oh, and did I mention he has incredible regenerative healing powers and strength?

Ryan Reynolds plays Wade Wilson (Deadpool), a comic book supervillain who dresses like a superhero. Starting out as your everyday mercenary, Wilson turns into a rather, freakishly powerful one. Deadpool begins a slaughtering mission while cracking joke after joke and painting the screen red with one kill after another and addressing the camera in between.

Deadpool could not have said it any better in the beginning of the film, “Surprise, this is a different type of superhero story.”

The majority of “Deadpool” plays out in flashback after opening events in which Deadpool destroys a convoy carrying his arch nemesis, Ajax (Ed Skrein). We learn that Deadpool used to be a mercenary named Wade Wilson. We meet Deadpool’s girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and his best friend Weasel (T.J. Miller) who serve as two important figures in his life.

Wade and Vanessa seem to be living the ultimate, storybook love story with a “happily ever after” ending when Wilson is suddenly diagnosed with late-stage cancer. Weasel runs a bar that Wilson frequents oftenly along with other mercenaries and hit men. Within the bar he runs a “dead pool,” a betting pool with odds on which one of his patrons is likely to die next. Weasel, a funny guy but a terrible person, bets on his best friend when Wade learns he has been diagnosed with this terminal cancer.

A mysterious recruiter (Jed Rees) offers Wilson a deal to undergo the testing of the Weapon X program, a government run, genetic research facility project, in order to save his life and cure him forever. After thinking long and hard about the situation at hand, Wilson leaves Vanessa in bed in the middle of the night to find the recruiter. The bad news is that Wilson is experimented on by Ajax and his partner named Angel Dust (Gina Carano) and becomes a mutant and scarred forever. The good news is that the cancer was gone and he is given enhanced fighting and regenerative powers that help his injuries heal astonishingly fast. When Ajax leaves him in a burning building, Deadpool spends the next year training to hunt him down and kill him. Two X-Men, Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) try to intervene to keep the delicate balance between mutants and humanity from getting too violent, and end up fighting alongside Deadpool.

Deadpool keeps you on your toes the entire movie because you never know what sarcastic comment or joke will follow his violent, blood-filled kills. The filmmakers seemed to combine every aspect of a great Marvel superhero movie from the past and put it all into one with Deadpool.

If you are looking for your typical superhero movie, or a movie where someone saves the day for an entire city, you will not find it in “Deadpool.” But if you are looking for a film to please your gory, violent desires and your passion to laugh uncontrollably in a theater where you will not feel like the only one, then you came to the right place. “Deadpool” will not disappoint but it will make you want to come back to watch it again.

Despite the lack of anything other than humorous bloodshed, Ryan Reynolds’ impressive performance combined with the unique storyline makes this film one of the most comical and entertaining films of the new year.