Deadpool (2016) – Ace Mini-Review

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein
Written by: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Directed by: Tim Miller
U.S.A., 2016

How good is this movie?

I was expecting Deadpool to be crass and irreverent. What I didn’t expect was it to be that rare movie that makes crass and irreverent genuinely funny. From the opening credits, Deadpool is wickedly entertaining, just self-referential enough to make us laugh and just serious enough to keep us invested. The first hour is nearly perfect. Sadly, the second hour doesn’t live up to it. The conflict is a bit bland, the climax is weak, and even some of the later jokes fall flat. The film declines steadily, but it declines from completely freakin’ awesome to just kind of mediocre, which still averages out to pretty darn good.

How ace is this movie?

Part of the crassness means having a lot of sex and sex talk. Sex is also central to the romantic relationship, which is in turn central to the story. Deadpool is almost refreshingly blunt in portraying two romantic leads interested in nothing but really great sex. An extended sex montage is almost all we see of the relationship, and Deadpool’s primary motivation in the second half is his fear that he is no longer hot enough for Vanessa to love. It’s all done with a good dose of humour and avoids taking itself too seriously, but it can’t be called ace-positive.

3.5 Stars; 2 Aces

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