Screwball Comedy Lights Up Deadpool

DEADLINE: Lost on Children


Our antipathy for comic book heroes and comic book movies is well known and documented. So, with some trepidation, we pursued Deadpool, listed as an anti-comic book movie with an antihero. Well rest assured, readers, this is a comic book movie.

Ryan Reynolds plays Deadpool as swishier than the cast of Queer as Folk. He can throw off one liners faster than Rex Harrison in a Noel Coward play. We doubt that anyone watching this movie even knows who Noel Coward is.

On the other hand, Deadpool has more movie parodies than your typical Mel Brooks comedy.

Reynolds is more than a match for his pansexual character, which keeps the viewer interested.

If you are looking for a plot, this film will disappoint you. It is strictly a character study about how science has wronged a man and put him into a funny suit.

Friends tell us that the only true philosophical movies today are in the comic book genre. Heaven help us. If you believe that, you have never seen true drama in reality-based movies. This is not Shakespeare, Prince Hamlet.

Exaggeration and hyperbole in comic books apparently makes it easier to see larger issues among the dregs of life. It more likely points out the utter failure of the educational system in liberal arts.

We are off base here. Deadpool is highly entertaining, quick paced, filled with smutty talk, noisy car chases, bloody killings, sexual situations, and all done tongue-in-cheek.

This is what passes for witty repartee and screwball comedy in the 21st-century.