Deadpool ,based on the comic book character of the same name, is the story of a mercenary who after being diagnosed with cancer allows himself to be tested on in hopes of finding a cure. Stuck in developmental Hell since the early 2000’s we first got a glimpse of a Deadpool in “Wolverine Origins”. That version was not received so well leaving many to wonder if a proper Merc with a mouth movie would ever be made. Well I can tell you after seeing Deadpool you can wipe the stench of that version from your brain. They knocked this one out of the park THIS is the Deadpool people know from the comics and wanted to see for so long.
Once the opening credits start rolling you know that you are in for a treat, and about to see something completely off the wall. Staying true to the character, Deadpool is a fourth wall breaking meta experience. This may be the best comic hero origin I have ever seen. They turn all the old tropes on their head making what could have been more of the same old same feel new and refreshing. Deadpool stays true to the character. The hard R rating is well deserved its funny, violent, raunchy, vulgar and crude just like Deadpool. You would think it might be a bit immature but all the different types of jokes play off each other to create this masterpiece of self-referential humor.
Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson aka Deadpool is the most spot on casting I have seen in a long time. This is the role Reynolds was born to play. He’s funny, angry, goofy and keeps you completely entranced on Deadpool throughout the movie. Reynolds is just having a great time from beginning to end and because he’s having fun the audience has fun. Every scene he is in (which is most of them) you just want to keep your eyes on what he’s doing. He slips so many jokes in that this will have to get repeat viewings just to catch everything.
The only problem with this is the main villain. Nothing against Ed Skrein but Ajax is very forgettable and when he’s on screen you just want the scene to get back to Deadpool. When creating this character you can tell they were trying to make him a anti deadpool, but they might have done too good of a job. He has no real motivation in the story and is pretty dry as a character. When you think of comic book villains in movies this guy will be a small blip on the radar. The X-men that appear feel like better foils to Deadpool than Ajax. Usually what makes a great movie is how good the nemesis is, but Reynolds plays the duality of Deadpool so well not having a great foil doesn’t greatly hurt the movie. Deadpool is the first movie where someone who watches it can finally understand what a true anti-hero is. He’s morally ambiguous to the point you have no problem rooting for him when he takes out his aggression on the good guys and the bad guys.
“Deadpool” is just a fun movie that understands the character and the audience going to see it. This movie is a good time and great alternative to some superhero movies that take themselves too serious or not serious enough. If you want a movie that you can just watch and turn off your brain not worrying how it fits into the grand scheme of some Cinematic Universe this is the movie for you. I hope more studios take note from this and realize that movies like this don’t have to be pigeonholed. If they stay true to the character and appeal of the book people will come. “Deadpool” has set a new precedent on how to do a comic book movie here’s hoping for more like this in the future.
Deadpool is in theaters now