For people who aren’t comic book savvy nerds such as myself who don’t exactly know who Deadpool is, he’s a punk mercenary from the 90s created by Marvel Comics. Deadpool is the only comic book character who is fully aware that he is a character in a comic book and because of this, he has developed a cult following of nerds and super hero enthusiasts. Deadpool isn’t a super hero, though. He kills for both pleasure and money and addresses his audience breaking the fourth wall, running his mouth full of swears and perverted innuendoes as he does. Marvel and 20th Century Fox tried to get a Deadpool movement off the ground with Ryan Reynolds playing him in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) but it turned out horribly:
Now in the world of Hollywood sequels and reboots and do-overs, Ryan Reynolds had been given another opportunity to bring the Merc with a Mouth to the big screen in proper fashion; and he does.
The whole campaign for this movie was brilliant having Reynolds himself spear head Twitter videos and the ’12 Days of Deadpool’ during the holidays. A character as meta and self-aware as Deadpool should have a marketing campaign as such – between testicular cancer PSAs to celebrating Australia Day (because that’s a thing). By the time the movie came out I was already sold.
It was great to see the Comic-Con test footage of Deadpool that came out years ago finally come to life on the big screen with high production value. When that aired, I think I, and other fans of Deadpool, screamed at our computers saying, “Just do that, you’ll have a perfect Deadpool movie!” Well by God, that’s exactly what they did and it was Deadpool as he should be. 20th Century Fox did a good thing, they deserve a soft applause.
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool is still the obvious choice. Deadpool is someone who talks smack even if he gets hit six or seven times and is bleeding out of his mouth, and that’s exactly what Ryan Reynolds is – someone who can talk smack and just keep going. In terms of the costume, this has to be one of the most faithful adaptations of a comic book costume I’ve seen in recent years. Right down to the utility belt with Deadpool’s face on it and the white eyes that still somehow show expressions like happiness and anger. It makes no sense but they somehow pulled it off and it looks great.
The humor in this movie is great as well. Even in the opening credits, I was laughing hysterically. There are plenty of scenes in this movie that will leave you with tears in your eyes from laughing so hard, there’s no doubt about that. Deadpool essentially has no filter and says exactly what’s on everyone’s minds – even if they don’t know it’s on their minds yet. If you’re into the meta kind of humor and self awareness that Deadpool brings to the table – especially when he makes fun of other super hero films and the genre as a whole, then this is definitely a movie to see.
The action on display here is gratuitous and intense. There is indeed a reason why this movie is rated R and ten year olds have no place seeing it. But then again when I was ten I was watching R-rated movies so who knows. As violent as the movie is however, the action is really cool! It’s over the top, and Deadpool himself acknowledges it as it happens – somehow making it that much more acceptable to watch someone get their head chopped off then kicked like a soccer ball into another guys face. If we’re being completely honest, though, if Fox made a PG-13 Deadpool (2016) they would have been shooting themselves in the foot and I think they know that.
Not only was making the movie R a safe bet that they made, but the plot itself is relatively safe. Deadpool lets his words and actions speak for themselves but in terms of superhero movies the plot is very cookie cutter. Guy gets super powers, his girlfriend gets kidnapped by a jerk, and now he has to be a superhero. Granted Deadpool addresses this in his meta humor, constantly expressing his distaste for wanting to be a superhero, but you can’t blame Fox for taking such a wildcard character and putting him in a B-movie plot to be safe.
Of course with Deadpool being technically an X-Men property owned by Fox, there had to be some X-men strings attached to it – in this case it’s the X-Man, Colossus along with Negasonic Teenage Warhead (awesome name). They bring the X-Men into the fold but they don’t take away from the fact that this is still a Deadpool movie. It was also enjoyable to see an X-Men universe movie that didn’t have Wolverine in it. If there’s one thing that X-Men: First Class (2011) taught people, it’s you can have a good X-Men movie without Wolverine (even if there’s just a thirty second cameo during a montage)!
In the end, Deadpool was honestly one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a while and even if the storyline itself isn’t that innovative and original, the content of the movie itself along with Reynold’s performance makes the trip well worth it. There are few actors who have played super heroes that when you look at them you think, “He IS that character.” Hugh Jackman is certainly Wolverine; Robert Downey Jr. is without a doubt Tony Stark; You can add Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool to this list.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10 – Very Good
It may not have advanced the superhero genre just yet; but here’s hoping that Deadpool will now open the door for more R-rated superhero movies. Obviously there is a sequel on the way and now that the character has been established and integrated into society, maybe Deadpool can get a storyline that is not only funny, but original and engaging for audiences, both fans and non-fans of superhero movies, to enjoy.
I’ll put the Red Band and the Green Band trailer below and you can pick your poison.
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