Review of Deadpool

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Back in 1998, when tax dodger Wesley Snipes assumed the role of Blade, who would have known that eighteen years later superhero films would remain popular. I expected the genre to fade into obscurity, much like Westerns have done in the past, but if anything the appetite for spandex wearing vigilantes continues to grow. Not that I am complaining though, because I am a huge fan of Marvel comics. Now that most of the A-list heroes have starred in their own feature films the time has come for lesser-known characters to get a moment in the spotlight. We can only reboot Superman, Batman and Spider-Man so many times after all. Enter Deadpool, the wisecracking merc with a mouth starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin and a CG character.

OVERVIEW

Wade Wilson, a former Special Forces soldier turned mercenary, is the man underneath Deadpool’s mask. The anti-hero’s origin began when Wade hooked up with a prostitute named Vanessa, played by unlucky actress Morena Baccarin (she seems to have a knack for appearing in cancelled TV shows, having previously starred in both Firefly and V.) For a while the pair’s relationship goes swimmingly, but all that comes to an end when Wilson is diagnosed with terminal cancer. In a desperate bid to beat the disease Wade abandons Vanessa to pursue an experimental medical procedure. The treatment proves to be successful and grants him immortality, although it does have the unwanted side effect of making Wade’s face resemble Freddy Krueger’s scrotum.

After assuming the mantle of Deadpool, Wade sets off to punish Ajax – the doctor responsible for his disfigurement. Standing between him and vengeance is a small army of armed lackeys and Ajax’s superhuman bodyguard Angel Dust (played by former MMA fighter Gina Carano.) Having seen Gina’s martial art skills onscreen I am left wondering why she wasn’t cast for the role of Wonder Woman. Oh well, I am sure the skinny model with a funny accent hired by Warner Bros will do just fine as the Amazonian heroine. Anyways, to even up the odds Deadpool enlists the aid of X-Men acquaintances Colossus and the awesomely named Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Why didn’t he recruit Cyclops to his cause? Deadpool explains that the studio can’t afford any more X-Men.

VERDICT

My rating for Deadpool is five stars. It’s probably the funniest superhero movie I have ever seen. Marvel Studio films tend to have plenty of gags, but this 20th Century Fox release is on another level when it comes to humour. Deadpool has the comedy stylings of Ace Ventura combined with the ruthlessness of Wolverine. Although sometimes fatuous, the jokes had me in stitches throughout the 108-minute running time. The script panders to the geek crowd, so be aware that some references may go over your head if you aren’t versed in superhero lore. On the action front it was refreshing to see blood spatter and decapitations aplenty, given that most flicks based on Marvel properties are family friendly. See Hollywood? You don’t always have to aim for a PG rating to earn big bucks at the box office.

It’s good to see Ryan Reynolds redeem himself in the eyes of superhero fans after his lacklustre portrayal of Green Lantern. The Canadian actor’s gift for the gab served him well in delivering Deadpool’s fourth wall breaking quips. I especially enjoyed the banter between politically incorrect Deadpool and metallic do-gooder Colossus. What makes the exchanges all the more impressive is that the Russian X-Man is fully rendered in CG. Out of all the live action films featuring the steel skinned Ruski this would have to be my favourite take on the character. Beware human actors; virtual thespians will soon make you obsolete. Caesar from Planet of the Apes was awesome, as was Gollum. For the sake of proving my point correct let’s ignore that Jar Jar Binks exists! Okay, enough typing for today. Penning this review has made me hungry. I am off to devour some Chimichangas.

28 thoughts on “Review of Deadpool

      • I always figured that would be a weird balancing act for comic adaptions. The slightly cheesy end of superheroes should be serious enough to create drama, but not take themselves so serious that it seems odd against the source material. At the same time, there are things like Preacher and Blacksad which, due to the nature of the source material, should take themselves really seriously indeed. All things considered, given his character, Deadpool would have to be funny or it’d go against what makes him him.

  1. I also thought Deadpool was great. I just hope that it doesn’t make every studio think that they need to go hard R rating and gory for comic book movies.

    • I hate it when a movie is watered down to get a PG rating. Hopefully Deadpool’s success proves to Hollywood that having some swear words and gore, were applicable, isn’t the end of the world.

      Yes, I wouldn’t want every hero movie to be rated R either because every superhero is different. PG isn’t suitable for someone like Wolverine, but on the flip side making Superman dark/gritty doesn’t work for me.

      • Totally agree. My biggest gripe with the DC movies is that they don’t seem to be matching the tone to the essence of the character. Even Batfleck seemed off, with his rampant murdering of people. But hopefully Wonder Woman will put them back on the right path.

    • Yeah, I know. The original Superman was huge and the Hulk TV show had a fan base. It’s only been in recent years though that superhero flicks consistently make an impact on the box office charts. For some reason nineties Captain America and Hasselfhoff Nick Fury never caught on 🙂

      • Actually they go right back to the cliffhanger serials of the 1940s. Captain Marvel was first in 1941, then Batman in 1943, The Phantom also in 1943, Captain America in 1944 and Superman in 1948. But in terms of comic book heroes, they were all preceded by Flash Gordon (1936) an Buck Rogers (1939)! 😀

  2. I am not a huge Marvel fan, so Marvel movies often go over the top of my head and I wouldn’t consider rewatching it since I am not that interested in it. But Deadpool was just so amazing and amazingly funny that it completely blew my mind xD So yes, it is a very good movie!

    • Interesting. I’m the opposite in that I grew up reading X-men comics so all the DC stuff is beyond my knowledge. I can’t get into The Flash show because I don’t know who all these characters are or what’s going on.

      (I’m also aware of how the X-men comics are mystifyingly convoluted and hard to follow.)

    • I’m also not a fan of the Marvel comics movies. I watch Ironman and the Avengers, but I could care less about the stories or the characters. There is always all this action … but NOTHING REALLY HAPPENS.

      Deadpool was exactly what the Marvel universe needed. Funny and much less predictable. Whenever Marvel puts out another turkey, they can partially make up for it by skewering it in a Deadpool sequel.

  3. Great review. I love how the film has no qualms about being blatantly self-aware about its own ridiculousness. My favorite has to be the many times Ryan broke the 4th wall. Such interaction with the audience is something that I think only this franchise can pull off and still be in a league of its own.

  4. I had as much fun reading your review summary as I did watching this movie. Great stuff all around. Here’s hoping the sequel will also be good despite it supposedly having a new director. Cable and Deadpool bantering should be of the highest quality.

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  6. There might be finite reboots for the big boys, but I wouldn’t put it passed the studio execs to keep churning them out. Ten years from now we’ll have a new Bats, Supes and Spidey cycle.

    Agreed that it’s the funniest superhero movie by a long shot.

    Yeah, the less said about Jar Jar the better.

    The only think I’d add is that the soundtrack was awesome 🙂

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