DVD Review by Kam Williams
Ryan Reynolds Is Simply Sublime as Irreverent Superhero
Technically, Deadpool is the 8th installment in the X-Men film franchise, although it's different enough from the others to stand on its own. In fact, it's not only the first R-rated offering in the Marvel Comics series, but the first humor-driven episode to boot.
The movie marks the daring directorial debut of Tim Miller who deserves nothing but praise for eschewing formulaic fare in favor of uncharted waters, when it would've been oh so easy to avoid taking any risks. In a bit of inspired casting, Tim tapped Ryan Reynolds for the title role, a proven master of both the comedy (Adventureland, The Proposal and Definitely, Maybe) and action hero genres (Green Lantern, Paper Man and Blade: Trinity).
Here, he plays Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, a Special Forces Agent disfigured by a medical experiment gone horribly wrong. In this origins tale, we learn that the accident left him with an uncanny ability to heal himself almost instantly (except for the skin), a trait likely to come in handy whenever he's shot, stabbed or otherwise injured. And he also morphed him into a compulsively-wisecracking vigilante.
Excellent (4 stars)
Rated R for sexuality, graphic nudity, graphic violence and pervasive profanity
Running time: 108 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: Deleted/extended scenes with optional audio commentary by director Tim Miller; gag reel; From Comics to Screen...to Screen; gallery (concept art, costumes, storyboards, pre-vis and stunt-vis); Deadpool's Fun Sack; audio commentary by Ryan Reynolds and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick; and audio commentary by director Tim Miller and Deadpool co-creator/comics artist Rob Liefeld.
To see a trailer for Deadpool, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frRFOrbPfNc