Best Superhero Movie Ever Made!
1. The opening credits are not names, but descriptions – unflattering descriptions.
2. Seven minutes in marks the start of a car chase sequence that is the most exciting, most thrilling car chase that I’VE ever seen. It’s a brand new classic – fuhgeddabout “Bullett” and “The French Connection”. Of course CGI has a lot to do with that, but hey, that’s the way we do it today! The chase is all about Deadpool’s desire to stop Ajax (AKA Francis), played by Ed Skrein.
3. Deadpool, or Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), is a bit gender-nonspecific, and the X-Men, represented by Colossus (voice of Stefan Capicic) and Negatonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hidebrand), have a seriously phallic spaceship.
Then the opening is over and a flashback begins: a tragic discovery is made, and the Best Superhero Movie Ever gets downgraded to merely one of the best, saved from plummeting even lower by the heavenly presence of Morena Baccarin, as Wade Wilson’s girlfriend Vanessa.
And then, still in the flashback, Wade turns down a recruiter (Jed Rees) for Francis’s gang (at this point he does not know Francis), heads to the bar, and says, “His drink’s on him.”, and my ranking of the film starts to climb again.
Leading us to: 4. Wade has a great line to Colossus : a question about Dr. X. And when he decides to use the name Deadpool to hide his identity, there’s a line about a franchise. And Deadpool has a great line while he’s driving a zamboni (don’t ask).
Lots of humor, lots of snark, lots of snarky humor, and lots of talk about sex and the bits and pieces that make it work. And remember when Monica and Chandler asked Phoebe to help them move to Connecticut and she said, “I could… but I don’t want to.”? Well, here Wade’s friend says, “I’d go with you, but I don’t want to.” So there’s even a small homage to “Friends”.
Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and directed by Tim Miller, and featuring Leslie Uggams as Blind Al and Karan Soni as Dopinder, and using old songs like Angel of the Morning, Calendar Girl, Mister Sandman, Hit the Road Jack, You’re the Inspiration, and Careless Whisper, and Deadpool’s instructions to those wise enough to hang on past the closing credits; hell, it IS the Best Superhero Movie Ever Made!