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So me and my boyfriend did what any comic nerd couple would have done this Valentine’s day: we went to the theater and saw Deadpool. We were both really excited for it, but he was wayyy more excited than me. It was actually really cute 😄

I’m more of a DC girl (as is probably obvious by now), so I didn’t know much about Deadpool going into the movie. I just went out to have a good time. And boy, did it deliver. I knew from the moment my boyfriend lost it when a Green Lantern Easter egg showed up during the opening credits that this movie would be awesome.

Wade Wilson is a guy who roughs up other guys for fun and money – specifically, guys who bother girls. He meets Vanessa Carlysle in his best friend Weasel’s bar and starts dating her, and they fall in love. The night he proposes marriage to her, he faints and collapses. He is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Devastated and unsure of what to do, Wade accepts the offer of a recruiter from a secret agency who promises to cure his cancer in exchange for his service as a superhero. He does this without Vanessa’s knowledge, because the only alternative is for her to watch him wither away and die.

Strapped down to a hospital bed, Wade is wheeled into the laboratory and introduced to Ajax and Angel Dust. They inject him with a serum that should awaken any mutant genes inside him – the only catch is, they have to torture Wade and place his body under extreme stress in order for the serum to work. This goes on until Wade discovers Ajax’s true name: Francis Freeman. The subsequent mockery from Wade is enough for Ajax to leave him in a machine that keeps him near asphyxiation for an entire weekend. Before he leaves, Ajax reveals that the program is not to create superheroes, but super slaves.

Wade’s mutant genes awaken while he’s in the machine, and he manages to break out and escape after a fight with Ajax that burns the lab down. His cancer is cured, but he has become horribly scarred as a result. Feeling he can’t go back to Vanessa because of his looks, he instead sets out to track down Ajax and force him to fix his face. He creates the mask and suit, naming himself “Deadpool.”

Eventually, Deadpool corners Ajax on a bridge after taking down his entire convoy. He’s moving in for the kill when Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead show up, wanting to recruit him for the X-Men. Ajax escapes while Deadpool is distracted, leading to what is arguably the funniest part of the film: an enraged Deadpool trying to fight Colossus (seriously, do NOT have popcorn in your mouth while watching this scene. Your chances of choking on it are at least doubled).

Deadpool evades the X-Men’s attempts to bring him in by cutting his own hand off to get out of the handcuffs, and goes back to the apartment he shares with Blind Al to heal. Ajax and Angel Dust, meanwhile, have found out about Vanessa from Weasel. Wade goes to the strip club where she works to warn her, but Ajax got there first. Knowing he needs help, Deadpool convinces Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead to help him, and together they go to the scrapyard where Ajax and Angel Dust are waiting.

Can Deadpool defeat Ajax? Can Wade finally reveal himself to Vanessa? And will he finally get the chance to be a hero?

The obvious strong point: this movie is HILARIOUS. You will not stop laughing. There are plenty of raunchy and bad taste jokes to keep it moving. Deadpool breaks the fourth wall often to address the audience. That’s something that can be overdone, but the amount of usage was just right.

That’s not the only reason it’s rated R. There are sexual scenes and scenes that are quite violent. There is a part where Ajax impales Wade with a steel pipe, in addition to the hand removal and the usual gun and fist fights. If you’re squeamish like me, make sure to bring a buddy to hide behind at those parts.

If you’re looking to have a good time, look no further. Deadpool is a hilarious movie basically about one man’s quest to fix his face so his girlfriend will love him again. If that’s not a noble quest, I don’t know what is!

– Kathleen

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