Ryan Reynolds has yet again found a bombastic, confident character that relishes every moment of screen time. To be honest, I found his style tiring right away when I first saw him in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder. There is just something about his smug and arrogant demeanor that is hard to watch. Luckily, his tiresome foibles epitomize the role of Deadpool.
The only reason that I am writing this review is because I needed to set a standard for my lowest rating. In general I do not plan to write too many reviews that bash films without any constructive criticism. A tremendous amount of time and work goes into movies and sometimes they just do not work out. This film is an example of, possibly, the poorest execution of a film in recent history.
I was a little nervous going into this film, as I grew up on the cartoon. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they stayed true to the original cartoon with only a few changes. Favreau was able to capture the essence of the film as an escape from the hustle and bustle of society and to remember to take time for yourself and enjoy life.
I am not 100% sure what I was expecting when I went in to this one. I had a good idea from the trailer that it was going to be full of cheap, gimmicky laughs and overdone, bland action sequences. That turned out to be wishful thinking. I wanted to enjoy it as the concept of a villain cast is much more appealing, or at least refreshing, than just another good guy action flick with little to no turmoil or struggle. Unfortunately, DC relied too much on the antihero theme, explosions, and corn ball lines instead of character development. I suppose I should have set my standards to generic blockbuster action flick, but I was hoping to get a little more out of it. The biggest impact this film had was introducing people to Harley Quinn in a cinematic way and setting the stage for the most popular Halloween costume.
Like most animated pictures these days there is a story aimed at children that also has a subtext for adults to follow. In this story Kubo is challenging his elders to consider paradigm changes that were initiated by his parents. Societal views are always evolving and the only way to ease the constant transition is to be compassionate and forgiving.