DEADPOOL – Review by Susan Granger

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After previous attempts to embody a comic-book character – like DC’s ill-fated “Green Lantern” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” – Ryan Reynolds scores with brash, brazen military mercenary Wade Wilson, who falls wildly in love with a bitter, wise-cracking hooker named Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarin). Read on…

Their short-lived romantic tryst is rudely interrupted when Wade is diagnosed with late-stage, incurable cancer and then tricked by sadistic scientist Ajax (Ed Skrien) into a painful transformation (via injected mutant genes) to become the facially disfigured yet indestructible anti-hero Deadpool, dressed in form-fitting red-and-black spandex with white fabric covering his eyes.

With the help of his bartender buddy (T.J. Miller) at a dive called Sister Margaret’s Home for Wayward Girls and encouragement by his blind landlady (Leslie Uggams), Deadpool is determined to wreak revenge.

Working from a long-gestating, slyly sardonic screenplay by Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick (“Zombieland,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”), it’s irreverently directed by Tim Miller, whose creative background is in commercials and visual effects. He opens the film with cheeky, self-conscious credits and breaks the fourth wall by having cynical Deadpool talk directly to the audience.

Trying to cajole him to join their mutant clan, two of Marvel’s X-Men – towering CGI-created Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and sullen Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) – show up because, as Deadpool notes, that’s all the studio could afford. Except, of course, for Marvel’s Stan Lee, whose cameo actually gets a laugh.

The R-rating emanates from raunchy language, lewd nudity and a ludicrous plethora of bone-crunching comic-book violence.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Deadpool” is a scornful, satirical, surprisingly snarky 7 – with two, teasing post-credit sequences.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.