The Marvel Universe wins me over more and more each movie I see.
With the timing (and expense) of one-a-week in the big-screen theaters, I didn’t get to join in on the Deadpool hysteria.
I pulled it out of the Orange MediaBank machine with my card at the Liverpool Public Library – where you don’t have to work like I do to make the most of the well-stocked Blu-Ray collection – and watched on the flat screen with my dear wife Karen in the living room of the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood.
Even though every time I view one of these Marvel blockbusters I’m pretty much coming in as a Markie-come lately, not being one of the comic book crew (or even graphic novels brigade), it didn’t take but a few minutes to see why Ryan Reynolds wanted so dearly to make this movie.
He’s fantastic as this sharp-mouthed anti-hero who lives on the edge, prefers dark bars, loves a cocktail waitress pro as hard as he can until circumstances dictate otherwise, and fights for revenge against some really dastardly villains.
The two other Marvel characters thrown in by writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and directed by Tim Miller – Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) – add greatly to the humor and action, both of which I’m finding to be pretty marvelous trademarks of this Marvel thing.
Mostly, though, it’s a rush to watch Reynolds play an ugly guy.
He’s convinced he is of spirit in the early part.
And then he really is of physical looks.
In both cases he’s foul-mouthed as Deadpool, the character who really will do anything for sex, revenge and cracking wise.
Who are your favorite Marvel characters, and why? Do you watch movies on Blu-Ray or streaming, and why? What’s your favorite Ryan Reynolds movie, and why?