Tonight would normally be Video Game Thursday, but instead, we’re going out to a movie premier with friends. We love going to the movies. Our first date was a movie. We also love seeing movies as soon as we can, which used to mean midnight on release day. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but midnight premiers somehow became 10-PM-the-previous-day premiers, and 10 PM premiers have somehow become 7 PM premiers. Teenager Adam would be disappointed by not staying up most of the night to watch a movie. Adult Adam is thankful he can go to bed before work. Teenager Adam is disappointed by Adult Adam.
A lot of our friends wanted to see the movie as well, so we claimed most of a row at the theater for a 7 PM show. We grabbed popcorn at the concession stand, because what’s date night at the movies without popcorn? We had originally thought that with the R rating of the movie, we wouldn’t have to be there too early to get good seats, but when we got there about 20 minutes early, the theater was already starting to fill up.
Tonight was the early premier of Deadpool. Deadpool is from the Marvel universe, but he is not what you’d call a hero, and certainly not what you’d expect if you’ve seen any of the other Marvel movies. In fact, he’ll correct you that he’s not a hero, followed by a long string of expletives impugning your character. And probably the way you look. And definitely the way you smell. He’s a sarcastic, wise-cracking, quick-witted mutated human with extreme regeneration powers. He takes a lot of damage, sometimes on purpose because he’s crazy, but he always regenerates. That also frequently makes him reckless.
A lot of movies now will release trailers that show a few random funny parts, but that ends up being almost all of the comedy in the entire movie. Deadpool was not like that. I honestly don’t remember the last time laughed so hard at a movie and heard so much laughter in a theater. Deadpool’s irreverent treatment of everything, including the movie itself, was hilarious. The entire opening scene, which would normally have credits for the actors, producers, writers, etc, just had a long list of things like “Directed by an Overpaid Tool.” The character frequently breaks the fourth wall, talking directly to the audience. Other characters call him on it, asking him who he is talking to. He just ignores them and continues talking to the audience. Deadpool will keep you laughing from start to finish.
This movie is not for the easily offended. The movie, like the character, goes out of its way to be offensive. Here is just a short list of all the people that Deadpool purposely tries to offend, in no particular order;
- old women
- the blind
- the bald
- basically everyone
That list is nowhere near complete, but it’s a start. He also curses pretty much every chance he gets. So, if you’re not easily offended, go see this movie. We’re already considering pre-ordering the Blu-Ray because it was so good. At the time of writing, it has an 8.8/10 on IMDB and a 84% fresh rating with Rotten Tomatoes, both of which I feel are undervaluing this film.
As an aside, it’s incredibly hard to write about a brand new movie without spoiling anything. Deadpool, however, has no problem spoiling movies. Stay till after the credits. Spoilers.