By now everyone has seen this movie, but nonetheless, I felt like adding to the chorus of praise its getting. There might be some spoiler-ish content, if you haven’t seen this movie (somehow) go check it out, if you’re old enough, its amazing.
Deadpool has had a long history getting to the big screen. This isn’t even technically his first time on the silver screen, but in all honesty, that wasn’t the real Deadpool anyways. This movie rectifies the atrocities of ‘Xmen Origins: Wolverine’ by poking fun at the disservice to the title character, and poking fun at Wolverine himself, and Hugh Jackman for that matter. If that sounds strange to comment on the actor that portrays Wolverine rather than the character himself, then you don’t know Deadpool very well. He constantly breaks the fourth wall to address the audience, and he knows he’s in a movie, or a comic, and uses it to his advantage, comedic or otherwise. Lets get to something very important regarding this movie first though: THIS MOVIE IS NOT FOR CHILDREN. There. Now you know. Deadpool had to be rated ‘R’ ( and trust me, it’s a hard ‘R’) because it helped elevate the performance of the character and his personality. We couldn’t have an accurate Deadpool without his ability to motormouth his way through grotesque violence and mayhem, that would be almost as debilitating to the character as say, sewing his mouth shut and giving him katanas for arms.. oh wait.
Ryan Reynolds is the only person I can even consider portraying this character after seeing this film. Stan Lee even said Reynolds was born to play this role. His comedic chops are put to the test here and it works! Reynolds has been pushing for this film ever since the disastrous ‘Origins’ portrayal of Wade Wilson back in 2009, and the long haul paid off for him. Along with ‘leaked’ test footage and one of the most talked about scripts roaming around for years before Reynolds stepped back behind the camera the hype for this character was insane once the audience got a little taste of the potential. So, here we are seven years later with a suprisingly great Deadpool movie, congratulations Ryan Reynolds, you’re officially redeemed and now everybody loves you.
So, this story is about Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, and his lover Vanessa (firefly alum, Morena Baccarin). Wade is a former special forces operative turned mercenary when we meet him. His sense of humor, already very ‘Deadpoolish’ to begin with, is what ties him ever closer to Vanessa, his lover who happens to be a prostitute with her own twisted sense of humor. They have something legitimately special together onscreen and it helps to motivate the audience to get behind Deadpool’s copious amounts of blood he spills to get her back from Ajax, or Francis (played by Ed Skrein), who has become quite the meme in the fallout of the film’s release date.
The movie dissects its timeline to great advantage considering pacing and the overall structure of the story. We see Deadpool suited up in his red and black PJs whilst mowing down dozens of gun weilding thugs before we see him as Wade. The opening credits alone are amazingly meta and prove that the filmmakers know their audience going into the film. The best way to break down Deadpool is that at its core, its a revenge story. Wade has a life altering blackout in which hospital tests prove that he has incurable amounts of cancer coursing through him. A secret organization offers to “make him a superhero” and heal his cancer, seeing no other feasible options he accepts. Turns out its a horribly painful experience and that the people behind this transformation aren’t exactly the good guys.
Cue the revenge quest that teams the foul mouthed Ryan Reynolds with X-Men characters Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). Of whom we got more appearances out of than expected, the scene where Colossus tries to lecture Deadpool on the importance of doing the right thing and the responsibility of being a real hero is perfect. Its just one small moment that entirely captures the spirit of Deadpool. The supporting cast does an excellent job throughout the film as they all play off of Deadpool and elevate the story and material surrounding his story. Weasel, played by T.J. Miller, was pefectly cast as the best friend of Wade before and after his transformation into Deadpool. His style of humor perfectly fits within the realm that Deadpool inhabits.
So, this movie is crass, sassy, incredibly violent, and very, very funny. If this type of humor and violence doesn’t offend you, then strap in because this film works on every level for its target audience and does an excellent job introducing the character to newcomers as well. Oh, and there’s also a naked fight scene.
Final Score 5/5