Movie Review: Deadpool

Deadpool: A Valentine's Day movie in the style of Roman Lupercalia
Deadpool: A Valentine’s Day movie in the style of Roman Lupercalia

In ancient times, the Romans celebrated Lupercalia, a fertility celebration with some vague ties to Valentines Day.  Lupercalia involved blood sacrifice, lots of nudity, and a little bit of violence.   In that fashion, Deadpool is the perfect movie to celebrate that holiday.

I thought that writing a review about the new Deadpool movie would be easy, but it’s more difficult than I thought.  My first comment would have to be: Do not take your kids to this movie.  I don’t care how progressive a parent you are… just don’t.  At my showing, there were over a dozen families in the audience… and at least a few of them headed for the doors not long into the movie.  Your kids don’t need to be exposed to this stuff, and unless you’re ready to explain some rather esoteric humor, you’ll probably be glad you left them at home.

That disclaimer aside, it’s a complicated movie.

On the one hand, it is outrageously vulgar and violent…. while being accurate in too many ways to fully describe.  The violence is at once cartoonish and yet the wounds, the manner of death, is particularly accurate.  The profanity and vulgarity are both over the top and yet utterly fitting.

On the other hand, the movie is absolutely hilarious.  I haven’t laughed so much in any movie I can recently remember.  The humor is dark, sarcastic, and often inappropriate… but it works wonderfully.

It’s a complex movie, filled with slapstick and it takes time to point at itself and laugh.  From the opening credits to the final end-scene, there isn’t any waste.  Everything in the movie is designed to be funny and entertaining.  It is fantastically done.

This isn’t a movie for the faint of heart.  There’s enough realistically depicted violence, sexual content, and horrible things to offend just about anyone.  That said, if you go into it with the right mindset, you’ll probably walk out with a smile on your face.  It points and laughs at itself, it points and laughs at the audience for watching, but the movie has the balls to pull it off, great marketing, and you can tell they really enjoyed making the movie.

Stick around after the credits (assuming you’re not one of the families I saw in the theater, who generally fled as soon as the credits rolled).  Pay attention throughout the movie, there’s plenty of humor to be found.  I’m excited they’re making a sequel, I’m looking forward to seeing that, hopefully with a bit bigger a budget.

As a side note, literally not one of the movies they showed trailers for looked remotely appealing.  Yes, that includes the upcoming Batman vs Superman  movie.  Don’t even get me started about The Purge…

Next movie I see will probably be Captain America: Civil War.

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