Prediction 8-18-15: Deadpool (Red Band, NSFW)
Shiri: And with that, Shiri lost all concerns regarding the feature film starring one of her favorite “heroes” and marked her calendar with hearts, stars, bloody spray, and chimichangas. I would appreciate it if someone informed my husband he is the luckiest man in the world because all I want for Valentine’s Day ’16 is someone to watch the kids so he and I can go watch Ryan Reynolds cut off some heads and so we can bear audial-witness to such bon mots as, “You look like Freddy Krugger face fucked a topographical map of Utah.” And let it be known that I giggled intermittently but out loud as my kids played with a sandy topographical map at the Science Center this weekend.
I mean, come on. The last frames of the trailer are a yellow box. A YELLOW BOX.
Is it February yet?
Luke: After such successes as Green Lantern and RIPD it is still a pretty big surprise that they kept Ryan Reynolds around for a Deadpool movie. Especially, after you remember this is his second time playing Deadpool. You might have forgotten X-Men Origins: Wolverine, aka the first Wolverine movie, because I know I am still trying to forget it. And, as those of us who lived through it and still read comics will always remind people, the character Deadpool sprang from the too-many pouches and big guns era of X-Men when for some inexplicable reason Rob Liefeld, he of the impossible muscle structure and inability to draw feet, was given creative input on the New Mutants of all books. So, this is a character with a bunch of awful, horrible baggage in a movie with an actor who has a pretty bad track record in choosing good comic-book movies. (It is the director’s first movie, so he gets a pass. And one of the writers did Zombieland, which is a good sign. Though, there are two writers, and on IMDB they don’t appear to be writing partners. Which negates the Zombieland thing. Three or more writers would have been a bad sign.)
But, all of that being said, Deadpool has pretty much risen above his tortured beginnings to become a pretty amusing character. Not my fav, but there were some runs on Deadpool that were pretty hilarious. And much like the character, the movie looks like it is forgetting that there was anything that came before it. This looks like an all new start for Deadpool, and other than Colossus(?) there looks to be no X-Men relationship. Which is good thing given the last few X-Men movies.
Back to this preview, it has all the things that make Deadpool great: stupid over the top action, the best patter this side of Spider-Man, and Deadpool getting horribly savaged for purely comedic value. The whole subplot with his wife looks a bit deep for a Deadpool movie and it is about the only thing I could say I was not cheering for in the preview.
All in all, this is a movie about a character I am not heavily invested in. Which means after a great trailer like that I am there. Might not go see it opening night, but will catch it in the theatre.