They finally really did it. The Merc with a Mouth has made his cinematic debut. We won’t speak of things in the past (A certain movie in a certain series that we just won’t mention). Honestly Deadpool is a character I never would have thought would make it to the screen. I never really knew if his appeal was that far reaching. I’ve always enjoyed the antics of Wade Wilson, but Deadpool’s nature may or may not be appealing to others. So how does this superhero-action-comedy stack up?
If you’ve seen the trailers or tv spots for Deadpool you might think you’ve seen it all and there is nothing new. Believe it or not the trailers did not simply showcase all the best material. Clocking in at just under 2 hours Deadpool is crazy, stupid comic book fun with some pretty decent fight choreography and at times can be a bit touching.
The movie opens with a pretty funny opening title sequence that pokes fun at both the current state of superhero films and also Hollywood in general. I found it pretty funny. After that we get into the story.
Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a mercenary. Yet despite the title, he actually has a bit of an honest streak. Early in the film he meets Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), an escort with who he hits it off instantly. This is one of the parts of the film that I say was actually quite touching. It isn’t the standard, star-studded way of showing a romance on screen. A line spoke by Wade indicates that “her crazy matches his crazy.” At first meeting the two have a banter back and forth about who had the harder childhood. It actually come off really sweet and adds realism to their relationship. Not to turn this review in a relationship piece but I think we all know that not every love story as the same standard formula.
Wade is diagnosed with terminal cancer and he wishes to spare Vanessa the pain of seeing him die. He crosses path with Francis aka Ajax ( Ed Skrein) who offers a chance to cure his cancer. He accepts and in the process discovers he has a healing factor that cures his cancer but leaving him with a disfigured body and practically immortal. He then commences his hunt for Francis to fix his condition.
As far as casting goes this was perfect for Ryan Reynolds. I actually thought he was fine as Hal Jordan, but Green Lantern had a whole array of issues not connected to him. Morena Baccarin also was well cast. She and Reynolds have great chemistry and bring believability to Wade and Vanessa’s love. Ed Skrein as Francis is alright. There’s nothing special about his character nor his performance. Another Marvel villain par for the course cinematically. The same goes for Brianna Hildebrand and Stefan Kapicic as Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus respectively. Gina Carano plays Angel Dust with imposing physical presence, but also not much to do. Two supporting highlights are Leslie Uggams as Blind Al and TJ Miller as Wade’s friend Weasel. These two are pretty damn funny and have great comedic timing.Although the story is a standard origin story, as a viewer I did not care because Deadpool never takes itself that serious as a superhero epic. It actually can stand alone if it wanted to since everything pretty much wrapped up by the end.
The movie also has some pretty nice action sequences. The scenes are never to fast or frantic for viewers to take in. Even when Deadpool is jumping all around, it has a fluid feeling and its brutal in its violence, but never revels in it. Heads and limbs are cut off throughout but it never bashes you over the head or feels at all uncomfortable. There’s no point in criticizing the CGI Colossus since the movie brings attention to that at the beginning. For those afraid of the film being overdone with Deadpool-isms need not worry as it knows when and when not to indulge.
I wouldn’t call Deadpool a game-changer in the superhero film genre. I can say that perhaps this will convince not only Marvel but DC as well to give some consideration to their more mature properties on a theatrical scale. Deadpool does what Deadpool does with some very entertaining results. It’s not The Avengers by any means. You are not going to be able to dig deep into the layers of Wade Wilson and find this story some commentary on whatever is going on in the world. I can say this however, if you want an entertaining, adult oriented superhero movie, you can’t go wrong with Deadpool. It’s just fun.
Final Rating (4.5/5) Weak villain and not much from the X-Men sidekicks, but that never really detracts from the movie. Funny with some really well done action and actually can be a bit heartfelt and touching.