Initial Reaction: Video Review - DEADPOOL

It was a weekend full of love and surprises as Deadpool, the Marvel comic antihero with the big mouth, ability to heal at an accelerated pace, and a tendency to break the fourth wall also broke all kinds of records at the box office. While it is certainly a surprise the film did so well, I'm happy it did for two reasons. 1) This was a movie the studio didn't want to make, but after some leaked test footage and much campaigning by the films star, Ryan Reynolds, he secured a modest budget and the right to make the movie however he wanted. So, Reynolds finally has a bonafide hit on his hands after making an equal number of good to horrible movies over the past fifteen years. In going about making this movie the way he has and with the opening weekend the film's just had it 2) proves that a movie made in the vein of what fans actually want to see and that is faithful to the comic in which it is being adapted from can be hugely successful. I don't know if it will, but Deadpool could certainly turn the tide on studios making what fans want rather than attempting to water down properties to appeal to as broad an audience as possible. There is a lot to learn from the success of Deadpool and frankly I hope the major studios are paying attention. It doesn't hurt that the movie is a genuine blast either. Among the box office records broken by the "Merc with a Mouth" this weekend were the biggest February opening, largest opening for an R-rated film, largest opening weekend for an R-rated comic book adaptation, and largest opening weekend ever for 20th Century Fox including all previous X-Men films. So, what's all the fuss about? Find out in this weeks edition of INITIAL REACTION as we discuss all things Deadpool.



You can also read my written review here.