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Review: Ryan Reynolds is a riot in 'Deadpool'

Review: Ryan Reynolds is a riot in 'Deadpool'

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Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) isn’t afraid of a fight. In fact, he relishes the prospect of busting heads — or worse. And fortunately for him, the world is full of bad guys. It’s just a matter of deciding who to take on.

A prime candidate is Ajax (Ed Skrein), the mad scientist responsible for transforming Deadpool from a head-turning hunk into a guy forced to hide his disfigured visage behind a mask.

Before his fateful encounter with Ajax, Deadpool was Wade Wilson, a cynical but likable mercenary who’d found his soul mate in a cynical but likable prostitute named Vanessa (Morena Baccarin).

But their romance hit a roadblock when Wilson received news that spun his life in a whole new direction — leading him to make a decision that had unforeseen but irrevocable consequences. Or is that a bit too vague?

Don’t worry. You won’t have any trouble keeping up to speed, because Deadpool speaks directly to the audience — when he’s not causing mayhem.

Despite his insistence that he’s nobody’s idea of a hero, he still has the option to assume that role. Or he can continue on his murderous path. What would life be without choices?

Based on the unconventional Marvel Comics character, “Deadpool” is something different in superhero flicks: a self-aware sendup that works overtime to be as rude and irreverent as possible. Naysayers may dismiss the whole enterprise as irredeemably juvenile, but that would be their loss. Once you get past its over-the-top violence, this is one of the funniest films of the year.

Working from a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, director Tim Miller keeps the laughs coming while hinting at the darkness underneath.

But the film wouldn’t work without the comic talents of Reynolds, who played a watered-down version of Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009). And Baccarin, who’s best known for her work in television (“Homeland”), makes the most of her clichéd character.

Smart, sexy and outrageous, “Deadpool” delivers.


What “Deadpool” • 3½ stars out of four • Run time 1:47 • Rating R • Content Violence, language, sexual content, nudity

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