MPAA Rating: R
Director: Tim Miller
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller
Runtime: 1 hr 48 mins
What It Is: Mercenary Wade Wilson (Reynolds) is as quick with his wit as is he is with his guns. When he is diagnosed with cancer over multiple parts of his body he seeks any and all treatments to cure him. When he’s given an opportunity by a shadow organization to be “cured” he takes it. Following hellacious torture at the hands of Ajax (Ed Skrine) and his “sidekick” Angel Dust (Gina Carano) Wade becomes mutated. Now he has a healing factor similar to Wolverine. With his witty insanity and new healing abilities, he decides to find the man who did this to him. A man that has also kidnapped his beloved Vanessa (Baccarin). That was a mistake.
What We Think: This is the most fun I’ve had in a film in quite some time. Not only does the script work in the comedic but there is a genuine love story here that really is good. Ryan Reynolds was born to play Wade Wilson. Not only do the quick quips work but as a whole, the comedy is top notch. Morena Baccarin had excellent chemistry with Reynolds. I really appreciated that Fox went balls to the wall with it’s R-rating. There’re some definite pacing issues. Like the back end of the second half act. I really did not like that particular break in the action.
Our Grade: A-, There’s so very much to like about this film. If not for the issues with pacing, I’d say that first-time director Tim Miller (a former special effects artist) perfectly encapsulated this character. There is most definitely going to be a sequel. Unless that is our “hero” is a liar. I suggest ever single person go see this smorgasbord of violence and expletives. Everyone that can see it anyway. I’m looking at you 13-year-old punk kids! Fox has themselves a new potential franchise, and I cannot wait to see where they take it.