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Movie Review: Deadpool kills my interest in a sequel

Let’s clarify something.
Deadpool is not a superhero movie. Nor does it claim to be one. Numerous times throughout the film, Deadpool rejects the title of “superhero” and “hero.” Deadpool calls his movie a “love story” and later changes it to a “horror film.” Deadpool is definitely not a love story, despite some of its marketing, and while there is certainly enough blood, gore and splattered brain matter to be a horror film, it’s not that either.
Deadpool is an anomaly. It’s a raunchy, R-rated anti-hero movie. It’s about an invincible mercenary who is out to kill the guy who made him invincible. Along the way, he breaks the fourth-wall, makes super recent pop culture references and jokes his way through life. It’s a simple, yet oddly clever, premise.
But where the writers of the movie succeeded in making Deadpool a comedic action film, they failed in many other aspects. There is no character development. The movie lacked the moral authority of a “traditional” superhero movie. It lacked the plot of one too. Its plot was revenge and had no real subplots aside from some needed background information. There were very few surprises, and the ending was exactly what you expected it would be. Deadpool is simply an action film about a smart-ass in a spandex suit. Nothing more. Nothing less.
I understand that I may have expected too much out of the film. Maybe Deadpool is just that kind of funny and simplistic character that doesn’t lend himself to plots or character development. As unfortunate as that is, it’s sure to still do well in the box office.
So, if you’re looking for a simple action film, Deadpool may be just right for you. If you’re looking for a richer, more fulfilling superhero film, it’s probably best to skip Deadpool and wait for Batman v. Superman or X-Men: Apocalypse in the next few months.

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