Wesley Morris appreciates the levity and self-depricating tones that Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and this year’s breakout hit Deadpool offer in contrast to today’s serious and somber superhero films:
“Nothing is laughing harder or louder or more obnoxiously at the state of the superhero movie than Deadpool. It is nothingness. It believes in violence, but that’s about all it believes in: slashing and stabbing and shooting and—with Mr. [Ryan] Reynolds splashing figurative vinegar in the title role—sarcasm. And the nihilism is not without its charms.
These self-conscious comedies—Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Deadpool—seem as if they’re sprung from the comic book film’s need to self-preserve, self-regenerate, and self-mythologize, while forgoing weirdness and ingenuity and glee.”
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