Anti-Hero breaks box office records

dedGritty, yet hilariously dark, “Deadpool” is not your ordinary everyday super hero movie.Unlike most of the big-budget blockbuster super hero epics in recent memory, there is no hero to be found here. However, there is something more human, more entertaining — and not to mention a hell of a lot funnier — under this film’s mask. As a result, “Deadpool” opened to a record breaking turn out and just recently crossed $673 million in box office sales worldwide. Look out Marvel fans, there’s a new antihero in town. Said antihero also happens to be the film’s protagonist under the alias Wade Wilson, who takes up the badass superhero moniker Deadpool. Played by a loveably snarky and irreverent Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool is an ex-special forces mercenary turned immortal mutant desperate for revenge. The film’s first half recounts Deadpool’s origin story in a series of masterfully paced flashbacks. His transformation from man to unkillable mutant is surprisingly dark and involves implied and explicit scenes of graphic torture that leaves Deadpool scared, maimed from head to toe, and utterly indestructible. The second half shows Deadpool’s journey to regain his lost good looks in order to resume his life with his lover. If his behavior sounds incredibly vain and narcissistic, well, that’s because it is. Deadpool, like many other superhero’s, is flawed. He’s so proud and selfish that he refuses to return to his longtime girlfriend, who believes him to be dead, until his looks are returned to normal. A flaw like this would normally be treated as a serious and touchy subject. Here, it is used as fodder for a wide variety of self-deprecating jokes. If Deadpool is anything, he is self-aware. He is so self-aware that he knows he is in a movie, often addressing the audience directly and even physically moving the camera. Deadpool takes any form of a fourth wall and gleefully demolishes it with a wrecking ball of sarcastic irony, never taking himself too seriously. Although Deadpool himself is the main draw here, with Reynolds carrying the film through almost every frame, there are also a few highlight supporting performances. T.J. Miller is excellent as Weasel, Deadpool’s sidekick and source of comic relief. Morena Baccarin, known for her reoccurring roles in television series such as “Homeland”, plays Vanessa, Deadpool’s strong, independent, yet realistic love interest. Some of the film’s best comedic moments revolve around Reynolds and Baccarin’s romantic and often hilarious chemistry. As a result, Deadpool will undoubtedly be one of the funniest movies of the year. It’s snappy pace, deftly directed by first-time feature length director Tim Miller, and witty dialogue provided by screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick make it a winning comedy. However, there are also plenty of choreographed fight scenes and surprisingly gory action sequences to quell any desire for high octane thrills. But be warned, the clever, yet unabashedly raunchy dialogue, and the violent action scenes add up to a well deserved R rating from the MPAA. However, Deadpool’s self aware R-rated comedy causes the film to never take itself too seriously, which establishes a more realistic, down-to-earth, and ultimately human hero. Deadpool is a welcome breath of fresh air in Marvel’s line-up of blockbuster franchises, one that makes any half-sane adult question whether to bring their child or not.