Rotten Tomatoes has certified Deadpool as fresh, while Zoolander No. 2 is being lambasted by critics and audience members. As it currently stands, Deadpool has critics rating of 84 percent with with a fan rating of 96 percent. Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus on Deadpool is as follows.
“Fast, funny, and gleefully profane, the fourth-wall-busting Deadpool subverts superhero film formula with wildly entertaining — and decidedly non-family-friendly — results.”
Deadpool is the latest Marvel Comics adaptation released by Fox. The film stars actor Ryan Reynolds as the infamous”merc with a mouth” with a knack for killing bad guys while making snarky remarks and pension for chimichangas. Originally a supporting character in the X-Men franchise, the character was given his own comic book after becoming a popular mainstay amongst the fans. The Deadpool character was featured in the 2009 Wolverine spinoff film X-Men Origins: Wolverine and played by Reynolds. Though fans were upset by the way Deadpool was portrayed, as many felt the film didn’t do the character justice. There had been talks in giving Deadpool his own film, but the production sat in development hell due to the abysmal ratings and low box office performance of the first Wolverine spinoff film. It wasn’t until 2013 when test footage of Reynolds in the infamous Deadpool costume was leaked onto YouTube left fans wanting more. Fox finally caved after Reynolds and producers urged Fox to give Deadpool his own film after the test footage proved successful amongst those who viewed the clip. Though fans were hesitant that Deadpool would be well received by the masses due to it’s edgy content, that not seems to be the case. Fox is also in planning stages to produce a sequel to Deadpool, if successful at the box office. Deadpool is one of two Marvel related properties Fox is releasing this year, with the other being the long awaited X-Men: Apocalypse coming this summer.
The films website states the following about Deadpool.
“Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.”
In celebration of the “fresh” rating, the infamous anti-hero took to twitter by posting the following.
Being this rotten has never been so fresh. pic.twitter.com/yYkjjtKtZz
— Deadpool Movie (@deadpoolmovie) February 11, 2016
However, the same cannot be said for the other big film opening this week; Zoolander No. 2. The long-awaited sequel to the successful 2001 comedy is currently ranked “rotten” with critics at 22 percent and audience members being a little more generous at 40%. Zoolander No. 2’s consensus is as follows.
“Zoolander No. 2 has more celebrity cameos than laughs — and its meager handful of memorable gags outnumbers the few worthwhile ideas discernible in its scattershot rehash of a script.”
The film is just another example of studios producing sequels much later after their predecessors hit theaters. The last film to fall victim to this was 2014’s Sin City sequel A Dame To Kill For. The film was later lambasted by critics and performed horribly at the box office.
Zoolander No.2 stars Ben Stiller reprising his role as dim-witted male model Derek Zoolander, the master of “Blue Steel.” The film takes place 10 years after it’s predecessor. The first installment went on to be very successful amongst fans and critics and became a box office success, making over $60 million. Plans for a sequel had been talked about since 2006, but a script wasn’t completed until 2011. Tropic Thunder writer/producer Justin Theroux was originally slated to direct the long awaited sequel, but was replaced by Stiller in the end.
It’s predicted that Deadpool will be this weeks winner at the box office.
[header photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox]