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Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Every so often a movie comes from nowhere to become immensely popular.  This weekend Deadpool earned domestic revenues of $133 million, with Kung Fu Panda 3 #2 at $20 million and How to be Single #3 $18 million.  Actually World revenues totaled $300 million!  All this without China, which banned the showing because of graphic content.  Deadpool (but don't click on this if you plan to go see the movie, for this posting features spoilers) is now #1 in opening day box office receipts for R-films.

How can a film I never heard of overwhelm the competition by so much?  Rotten Tomatoes reviewers gave an 84% rating, but 95% of the audience liked it.  Here is a site that tells the whole story.  Whoops, this one also has spoilers.

Part of the reason why I ignored this production was because it was, I thought, just another Marvel Comics' X-Men type flick.  Yes, it was about do-gooders with superhuman strength, but different.  For one, this was R-rated, and rightly so.  It was also a comedy with twisted humor...a parody...with a lot of gore and action.

These three scenes well-represented the whole thing:
  • There are basically two opposing forces, the good and the criminal.  Partnering with Deadpool are Colossus (Stephan Kapicic), a gentle 6'7" muscular Russian, truly powerful, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand).  In the other corner, the leader Ajax (Ed Skein-who medically transformed Deadpool) and  Angel Dust (Gina Carano--a former mixed martial artist).  Colossus and Angel Dust have this battle royal, both on the verge of killing each other when Angel's left breast plops out of her dress.  Colossus shields his eyes and points out this embarrassment to Angel.  She thanks him, places her mammary back in place, punches him in the groin and the two continue trying to decimate each other.  Don't remember who wins.
  • Deadpool is handcuffed to Colossus (yes, they are on the same team, but Deadpool is being difficult), and to escape, Deadpool cuts off his arm near his wrist.  He has the power to regenerate, usually almost instantly.  But his hand takes time to grow, and there are scenes with him first baby-size.  Anyway, you surely must get the point.  A physical representation of tongue in cheek...a long one-liner.
  • Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee, at the age of 93, makes another of his frequent cameo appearances.
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool actually has been around for a dozen years, and this is his third film as this anti-hero, the first in a starring role.  I guess if you don't read Marvel Comics nor got to Marvel Comics films, you just don't keep up with the obvious.  You might remember last year Reynolds with Helen Mirren in The Woman in Gold.

Deadpool is supposedly omnisexual, but the driving theme in this movie had to do with his love for a nude bar waitress.  He found out he had an incurable cancer so agreed to undergo a process (by Ajax) to save him while making him superhuman.  Deadpool looks like Spider-Man because that procedure he went through scarred his external body and he looks kind of terrible.  While in the comic series he dies several times, he is now effectively immortal, for he is still alive 800 years into the future.  He has a Wikipedia page and placed 31st on IGN's list of the Top 100 Comic Book Heroes.

Got to add that the soundtrack was a huge plus, with Juice Newton's Angel of the Morning, going on to a stream of eclectic nostalgia, from Bing Crosby's I'll be Home for Christmas to Salt-N-Pepa's Shoop to Neil Sedaka's Calendar Girl to DMX X Gon' Give It To Ya to Wham's Careless Whisper to...  There are 23-tracks.

Deadpool is scheduled back in 2017 as one of the X-Men.  Can you believe there have already been eight films?  However, this one beat those others on opening weekend.  There are, of course, video games, toys and costumes.  I still can't believe I went to this film, but I can say that I enjoyed it.  But no more!

Hate to say it, but X-Men:  Apocalypse opens on May 27.  This one is in 3D, with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.  Stan Lee remains alive and will again appear.  Early showings reported by Rotten Tomatoes indicate an audience like of 99%!

Heck, since I was in the theater and the timing was perfect, I also went to see the #3 film, How to be Single.  Bad Rotten Tomatoes ratings of 47% and 62%.  Let me just say that it was produced by Drew Barrymore, has endearing moments, but the whole effort was jumbled and tedious.


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