”Deadpool” has been the #1 film in Fandango’s daily sales for the last two weeks and is outselling last year’s superhero debut movie, “Ant-Man,” at the same point in the sales cycle.
Finally, Ryan Reynolds has found the Hollywood franchise role that has eluded him. After several attempts at scaling a comic book movie in Marvel’s’ “Blade: Trinity” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and DC’s horrific “Green Lantern,” Reynolds has landed a winner at last. With a raucous witty script by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (“Zombieland”), Reynolds comes into his own as strange and sarcastic post-military mercenary Wade Wilson, who meets and falls in love with his match (“Homeland” star Morena Baccarin) before joining up with the wrong group of miscreants.
They turn him into a guy who looks like “an avocado that had sex with an older avocado,” as his wise-ass bar owner friend (well-cast TJ Miller) puts it. Now called Deadpool, covered up in a nifty red suit (that doesn’t show blood), our anti-hero not only has miraculous self-healing powers, but is set on revenge. The movie plays with his much-battered body, which flops and regenerates in amusing ways.