Lovin’ for Deadpool

At its core, “Deadpool” is a superhero origin story. The film has a cookie-cutter plot: a main character with problems and a love interest gets powers, starts fighting criminals, and eventually, with some help from friends, has to save his love interest from a villain who’s connected to the way he got his powers in the first place. So, basically, it shares major plot elements or an entire plot with almost every superhero origins story ever (looking straight at you, “Iron Man,” “Fantastic Four,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”… Oh, you get the point).

But “Deadpool” doesn’t care about what it is, and that’s what makes the movie so great.

In fact, the film embraces its generic plot, accepts that it’s not going to be the best origin story ever, and instead blows its audience away with a blend of comedy, action and violence that should be expected from a movie starring Deadpool, the Merc with a Mouth.

Ryan Reynolds, who plays the titular Deadpool, performs absolutely perfectly in the role, truly bringing the unique anti-hero to life. Equally as impressive, though, is the script: the film does not cheap on awesome Deadpoolian humor, from fourth wall breaking to humorous quips to hilarious 2-dimensional stereotypes who make perfect supporting characters for the film.

When it comes down to it, “Deadpool” shares many good elements with “Guardians of the Galaxy:” a passable but unoriginal plot; hilarious humor; lovable, well-acted characters; good action; and an “even bad guys can be good on the inside” message.

However, “Deadpool” has infinity percent more red spandex. And that, of course, is what truly makes a movie great.

“Deadpool” is not for kids; in fact, its R rating is very well-deserved (on account of it having about as much cursing and vulgarity as an average day at a public high school and about a third as much gore as “Braveheart”).