Never have I laughed so hard at a superhero movie.
Deadpool tells the origin story of the fourth-wall breaking comic book character.
When wise-cracking mercenary Wade Wilson is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he enlists in a program he believes will heal him. After being permanently mutated by a grueling process, he becomes a superhero in order to take revenge on the man who ruined his life. Deadpool delivers a hyperactive adventure that’s raunchy, violent, comedic and a lot of fun for those looking for a fresh take on the superhero genre. It’s clearly not for everyone—the R rating should have given you a hint—but those who know what they’re walking into will be thrilled.
What I liked
This is the first time we’ve ever seen Deadpool truly represented on the big screen (the Wolverine Origins version doesn’t count), and it’s a perfect adaptation. Clearly, realism is not taken as a priority as Deadpool’s masked eyes move expressively and he’s able to speak directly to the audience about things only we’re supposed to know. This is the wise-cracking, butt-kicking and unapologetic mercenary from the comics, and his transition from page to screen works brilliantly.
This movie would not have worked as well without Ryan Reynolds in the lead role. The charisma that he brings to the character not only makes him more comical, it also gives the character a bit of likability. By all accounts, Deadpool is a terrible person. But when you hear Reynolds’ voice coming from that red suit, it gives off this vibe that just makes you want to root for the guy.
And of course, Deadpool would be nothing without its unique tone: immature fun. This movie is an action comedy, and it knows how to do both of those things really well. The action is well-choreographed and hyperactive, keeping the excitement flowing at a high rate in fight sequences. And while unrelenting comedy can sometimes feel like it beats the audience over the head with jokes, Deadpool’s comedic relief flows in excess and variety, making it feel far more natural.
What I didn’t like
Deadpool likes to mock superhero movies and the simple way many of them set up their plots. In doing this, however, Deadpool takes on that same generic plotline, choosing to take the “better safe than sorry” route. The entire storyline of the movie is given away in the trailer, and even if it hadn’t been, it’s a very predictable story.
Wade Wilson is a motor mouth, and as such, he makes up some crazy derogatory names for people he doesn’t like. However, he does this so much that it becomes less of a funny thing and a bit more annoying than I would have liked it to be.
For fans of Deadpool, this is the movie you’ve been waiting for. If you’re just looking for a good time at the movies, Deadpool is for you. If you’ve got a kid that you take to see superhero movies sometimes and you’ve been thinking of checking out Deadpool with him/her, don’t. As a fan of comic book films, I found that this movie was a hilarious breath of fresh air in a genre that can sometimes seem crowded.
What did you think of Deadpool?