by Laura C.
As part of the Marvel studio franchise, Deadpool was a film backed by a budget of over $65 million and a team of hugely successful writers, including Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The movie gained a lot of pre-release attention with its quirky advertising campaign that highlighted the antihero main character and his loose morals. Once it hit theaters on February 12, 2016, the movie proved to be worth the hype. In just four weeks, the film has brought in over $700 million in profits for 20th Century Fox Studios and broken multiple box-office records for its genre.
In the movie, actor Ryan Reynolds plays Wade Wilson, a Special Forces soldier who suddenly gains super powers when he agrees to undergo a secret new “medical treatment.” When the treatment ends up horribly disfiguring Wilson, he sets out to find the doctor who can fix him and return his life to normal. Wilson is a darkly humorous antihero, and the plot of Deadpool is notably more sinister and raunchier than previous Marvel films.
While professional critics have handed out mostly lukewarm reviews, casual moviegoers have greeted Deadpool with enthusiasm. Its crude jokes and sexual content definitely earn the film its “R” rating, but the movie still manages to have an intelligent plot that engages the viewer. Adding to the film’s unique aspects, Deadpool also breaks the fourth wall repeatedly and makes “inside jokes” to the viewer about other super heroes and comic book franchises. While the movie is made to entertain Marvel enthusiasts, the action and romance will keep non-geeks entertained as well. Although the raunchy elements are a little exaggerated at points, Deadpool is still a fun and funny movie that marks a solid addition to the Marvel franchise.
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