Score: 3.5 out of 5
This is film review 6
I know it’s shocking to say this, but I am one of those people that isn’t a part of the “Deadpool is the greatest movie ever!” bandwagon. I know very little about the character of Deadpool. I am, however, aware that Marvel made him, not only as a parody of DC’s ‘Deathstroke,’ but also as a crude, profane, and comedic character in Marvel history. From what I’ve seen, the trailer of ‘Deadpool’ gave me so much hype and it got me pumped for what 2016 had to offer. It also ranked number 2 on my list of my top ten most anticipated 2016 films.
I’m not saying that ‘Deadpool’ is the weakest superhero movie (that goes to ‘Fantastic Four’, or ‘Fant4Stic’ as the title implies.), it just has a structure that kind of weighs the movie down as a whole, making it lesser than expected. While the character of Deadpool is the same fourth-wall breaking character you have come to expect from the Marvel comics, the story gets convoluted, making it feel like a shorter film.
‘Deadpool’ shows the character in all his one-line spewing/fourth-wall breaking glory while taking down bad guys in gory fashion, but also gives you a backstory on how he became the way he was. Basically before he was Deadpool, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) was a special forces operative who you did not want to mess with. He spends most of his time ordering drinks from his bartender best friend Weasel (T.J. Miller). The particular bar he spends his time at is where he meets the love of his life, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin).
Life seems good for Wilson, until he learns he has terminal cancer. He meets a recruiter (Jed Rees) who tells him there is a way to cure him. Wilson ends up taking the procedure and unfortunately, everything goes wrong. He is left with a disfigured face and an appetite for revenge against the man who messed him up.
One moment, ‘Deadpool’ is a revenge film; the next moment, it is also an origin story. It gets clunky with the way these moments are executed, but once it finally gets to where it’s going, ‘Deadpool’ becomes a much better movie. What it lacks in structure, it gains in the character of Deadpool.
Deadpool is one of the most likable antiheroes in the history of comic books; he comes up with one-liners, and addresses the audience a lot. So it’s easy to see why this character finally got his own movie. The jokes don’t always work, but ‘Deadpool’ manages to hit with its best jokes (opening credits included) for some meta-humor that would please any fan of the character.
Wade Wilson is also given some depth with his origin story, making you sympathize with the character even more. Two other characters that stood out to me were Colossus (voice of Stefan Kapicic; facial performance by Greg LaSalle) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand); despite not being in the film much, they helped add to the satire of PG-13-rated superhero/comic book adaptations. The CGI on Colossus is well done to the point where it feels like an actor was in full-body and face makeup on screen; while although there are plenty of jokes at Negasonic Teenage Warhead’s expense, she proves to be more of a character than you would imagine.
There are also well-choreographed and well-directed action sequences that could feel rushed, but they manage to satisfy even the most self-proclaimed action fan; the climax especially. These pieces of film-making add to the intense moments and keep you on the edge of your seat. Despite its excessive profanity, another thing that helps ‘Deadpool’ receive its R-rating is the amount of blood and violence. You see be-headings, amputations of the arm, and stuff you wouldn’t see in a Fox/Marvel collaboration; Fant4Stic sure didn’t have this much violence.
Despite its flaws, ‘Deadpool’ is funny, well-directed, and manages to poke fun at the flaws of superhero movies, and Ryan Reynolds himself (who does great as the title character). Also side note: Stay for the funny double post-credits sequence that is too funny for words.