Skip to main content
Now building my TET.Life Store.

Movie Review: Deadpool *Very Minor Spoilers*

Ryan Reynolds may have only starred in one Deadpool movie to date but, in my opinion, he's already reached Hugh Jackman's status for Wolverine in that it's hard to imagine anyone else playing Deadpool. Thanks largely to all the promotional publicity shorts and TV spots Ryan's been doing backed up by a film that delivers on its promise.

The 2016 movie Deadpool is pretty much what I hoped it would be in terms of how Ryan plays the character and how it's funny, self aware humor and fourth wall breaking conversation works so well without ever falling into being a parody of superhero movies.



I'm not a Deadpool comic reader, in fact I've mentioned many times that I've never really read superhero comic books that much at all. So I don't know how accurate this version of Deadpool is to the comic book version but I do know, Fox Studios has finally got a superhero character that's cooler than Tony Stark whilst still having one foot set in the world of dirt and grime that us non billionaires can recognize.

I first took interest in Deadpool as a character around the time Ryan played him in X-men Origins: Wolverine and fans took offence to that version which removed his ability to speak. The more I learned about what the character really was about the more I knew Ryan Reynolds was the perfect actor for the role if they'd just give him a proper go at letting him portray what the character should be.

Obligatory mention of the leaked test footage here. Studio green lights the film after years of saying 'No'.

An 'R' rated superhero movie has always seemed like a risk but thank goodness Fox finally came around. The world was definitely ready for a superhero movie you don't have to sit through with a cinema half full of PG-13'ers. Childish humor, grown up style. Brilliant. Deadpool didn't need to be 'R' rated but I bet Stan Lee read the script and really campaigned hard for it (you'll understand when you see his cameo. He's never going to get a cameo like that in any other Marvel movie).

So I haven't really said much about the movie yet? Honestly you don't need to know anything going in. It's an origin story, told through a really cool series of flashbacks, as a major action scene plays out before your eyes. You're never waiting to see Deadpool on screen, he's there, in the thick of things right from the very cool opening titles.

What's also cool is that there's no Deadpool saves the city, world or universe cliche plot line. Instead it goes for the much smaller Deadpool saves the girl cliche, which is fine as I'm pretty sure the first three Spiderman movies had finished using it.

The important thing here is, so long as the story is good enough and told well (and it is on both accounts), you're really going to see Deadpool be Deadpool. That's what makes this film unique. There's just so much fun to be had with a character that not only knows he's in a movie but also talks to the audience and has access to jokes that no other character can reference. Jokes that only you the viewer find funny because you're in on the secret that Deadpool knows he's in a movie.

Ryan Reynolds is so good as Deadpool I really think that Fox could save it's Fantastic Four franchise by including their new team of FF actors in the next Deadpool movie and just have Ryan make fun of them periodically for the short comings of their reboot movie.

Personally I think Deadpool is among the best of the Marvel Superhero movies released by Fox Studios. I'd even rank it among the top Marvel films produced by Marvel/Disney themselves.

In many ways Deadpool is what Sony tried to make Spiderman in their second reboot. A quipping, funny but ultimately cool and relate-able superhero. Unfortunately Andrew Garfield's Spiderman just came across as an arrogant teen where as Ryan Reynolds Deadpool is also arrogant but has the life experience and cynicism to balance it out, making him more of a likable asshole than an arrogant prick.

I never once found myself wanting to slap Deadpool like I did Garfield's Spiderman every time he opened his smart little mouth.

To sum up, there are other characters in this movie. All played really well, and many cool in their own right. I'd particularly love to see more of Deadpool reluctantly teamed with Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) so she can continue to pick him up on his out dated references.

However, all that really matters is that you come out of this movie entertained and liking Deadpool. I'm pretty sure you will if you enjoy superhero movies. You don't even need to understand or pick up on all the references and Easter Eggs to have a good time.

Comments


Buy Gifts and Apparel featuring art by TET

Popular posts from this blog

Guest Post: MY SOOPER DOOPER NEW CONSERVATORY/ART STUDIO!

Today's guest post is by Artist, Writer, and Mental Health Advocate, Jo B Creative who writes for her blog, Creating My Oddessey.

You should see our (almost) brand new conservatory, half of which is my art studio. 'Lucky me!' I think to myself. Not every creative bod can boast that. It's HUGE! Like a giant greenhouse.

We first moved to our pleasant cul-de-sac house - great for raising kids - when our son, who's on the cusp of thirty-one, was four. One of the main reasons that we wanted it was that, apart from its location on the fringes of a historic market town in rural Hampshire, UK, it had a sizable conservatory looking onto the back garden. It was brown wood framed and had a corrugated transparent roof sloping down from downstairs ceiling height. On the face of it, it doesn't sound that glamourous, but we loved the idea of a conservatory. Luxury! I even liked the red brick walls which it was built against - the original exterior of the house - and the light …

Revive Skateboards, Design a Lifeline Competition - My Pizza Monkeys Entry Submission

About a month ago Revive Skateboards launched their #DesignALifeline competition where entrants had to purchase a specific Lifeline template skateboard deck, draw their design on it, and then post a photo of their finished board to Instagram with the hashtag #designalifeline.

With only 200 template boards being made available, I liked those odds, and bought a deck within an hour of seeing the competition announcement video on the day it was posted. The deck cost me US$40.00 and about that again to have it mailed to Australia. It's the most expensive competition entry I've paid for to date.



The winner gets to have their design released as an official deck as part of Revive's Spring 2020 product release. As well they get three copies of their deck along with a sponsor pack (which typically consists of a number of decks, clothes, wheels etc. from Revive's range). Four runners up will get a sponsor package only.

If you're thinking you might like to enter, unfortunatel…

The Star Wars Saga: Episode II, Attack of the Clones *All Spoilers*

Continuing my series of posts, as one of my local TV stations shows every Star Wars movie in order, every Saturday, for the next six weeks leading up to the release of Star Wars, Episode VII, The Force Awakens, here is my response to and thoughts on Star Wars, Episode II, Attack of the Clones.

After The Phantom Menace I just wasn't interested in seeing Episode II in the cinema. I don't think I made any effort to see it or even had any anticipation for it's release.

Momentary pauses in cyberspace...

I got to thinking about blogs and the fact that anyone can leave a comment to my posts. When someone comments, the polite thing to do is to respond with a comment under theirs. This may prompt an additional comment but really that person has no real intention of in depth discussion. They're just passing through.

It's a lot like walking down the street with a complete stranger approaching from the opposite direction. Your intention is to simply pass them by but as you come within talking distance the stranger says 'Hi, nice day isn't it.' Like they needed to share that little highlight of information to brighten your day too.

You can smile and nod in agreement, or go so far as to say 'Yes isn't it' whilst passing by without so much as a break in stride. It's all that is required to be polite.

Sometimes though, you want a bit more from your stranger. Why did they decide to say 'Hi' to you? Unfortunately you can't back track and ask your stran…

Boom Crash Opera Born Classic But Not Again

Boom Crash Opera are an Australian Band that reached the peak of their popularity in the mid to late nineteen eighties. They are a band that I knew about at that time but was never really excited by until they released their ill fated double album Born and Born Again in 1995 (Album cover pictured).

At the time of its release I was very much into emerging Australian musical acts and was also looking out for new sounds that were different and had kind of a futuristic/electronic sound. Artists that I was buying at the time included; Swoop, Nine Inch Nails and Pop Will Eat Its Self. As well as a really interesting release by David Bowie, the concept album, Outside.

Born was a fairly radical departure for Boom Crash Opera (BCO). The first single, Gimme, was often compared to the sounds of Gary Glitter, particularly his single, Rock n Roll part 2, because of the pounding drum loops. Watch the video below.



My favorite single from the album is dissemble which probably went nowhere on the char…

"You are the Generation that bought more shoes..."

"You are the generation that bought more shoes, you get what you deserve." This quote is a song lyric that I heard on the radio (my apologies to the writer and artist that it belongs too because I don't know who either of you are). It's a great line and I can only assume it refers to the apparent lack of interest today's eighteen to twenty somethings appear to have in more serious and deeper issues.

Not that I'm trying to hold myself up as someone who campaigns strongly for the greater good of human kind or that I spend significant amounts of time raising awareness of important issues. I'm certainly not a poster boy for changing the attitudes of people with too many shoes but lyrics like that do make you think.

It's at this point that I really don't know where to go with this article. Should I focus on the material nature of modern society and its obsession with having more stuff? Or should I mention a few important issues, like Human Rights Abuses,…

Kids today are smarter than their parents?

How often have you heard it said that kids today are smarter than their parents? I’ve heard it quite frequently in the media – even Dr Phil has said it. I say speak for your self. It’s not true and don’t let the media fool you.

Today’s kids may have access to more information that may give them more choices but in my experience, they only take in what they want to hear and still make stupid, uninformed decisions. Just like we used to at their age.

Like any cross section of people there will be exceptions. There are kids that are genuinely smarter, more mature and responsible for their age. However the vast majority know everything they need to know by the time they turn fourteen. They’re ‘adult’ enough to be responsible for all their own decision making so parents should just let them do what they please…right? Just like we thought at fourteen.

Don’t be fooled. Just because your son knows how to download MP3’s onto an ipod, or your daughter can chat to five friends at the same time on he…