Deadpool SPOILER-FREE Review
Deadpool has been my most anticipated film of 2016 for a while now. I know it's pretty early in the year, but how could you not be excited by this movie? It's the first mainstream R-rated superhero movie, and it finally brings the fan favorite character back to the big screen, after he was horribly f*cked up in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. And this time, he is done justice. The marketing for this film has been incredible, with different clips, posters and featurettes dropping online that perfectly fit with the character. But it also aroused a lot of outside interest in this movie. A lot of people who had never even heard of the character became interested in this movie. It wasn't just the die hard nerds. So going into the movie, I was nervous that the film may not live up to my expectations. And after two viewings of the film at this point, I can tell you that it doesn't necessarily live up to it, but my expectations were through the roof. This is one hell of a movie, and you won't be disappointed!
The film focuses on mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who must leave his prostitute girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) in order to treat his cancer via a sketchy "government' program that will turn him into a superhero. But after gaining regenerative powers to combat the cancer, his face is horribly disfigured by the evil scientist/axe-wielder Ajax (Ed Skrein) and Wilson must become the fast-talking, fourth wall-breaking, merc with a mouth Deadpool in order to hunt down the man who took everything away from him.
The movie is utterly ridiculous, I'll say that much. It's bombastic, outrageous and pure fun. They fully embraced the R rating. Every other minute they drop an F-bomb or make a crude sexual joke. It doesn't really fit in at all with the tone or style of the rest of the X-Men universe, but then again, it didn't really have to. It's its own thing, and it accepts that from the opening credits alone. The comedy is the forefront of this movie, and it knocks it out of the park. Ryan Reynolds was born to play this role, and he is perfect. He has great comedic timing, and is able to add so much humor while wearing a mask the entire time. They nail the character perfectly, and redeem him from X-Men Origins.
The cast is incredible. I already mentioned how awesome Reynolds was, but Morena Baccarin held her own in terms of speed and wit to him. They went together so well, as they were both really messed up people. I don't like a lot of the superhero movie romances, but this was one I really bought into, because they were both such ridiculous characters. T.J. Miller is great as Weasel, but I wish he had a little more screen time. He kind of disappeared for the middle of the movie, and I wish he had more to do. But I'm sure he'll have a large role in the sequel. Ed Skrein also was very good as the villain. I really liked Colossus in the movie. He's always been one of my favorite characters in the comics, and it was cool to finally see him on screen. I wish they had a little bit of a bigger budget, because his effects weren't overly great. But I liked the presence, and how much of an opposite he was to Deadpool.
Deadpool easily could have gone south by being too crude, or having the fourth wall breaking be distracted, but it worked perfectly. The references to Wolverine, Green Lantern and X-Men Origins were weaved in to not be overbearing, but to be enough of a nod to the fans to be satisfying. I kind of wish Deadpool broke the fourth wall more often, but when he did do it, it worked very well. The action in this movie was also breathtaking. It was gory, bloody and over-the-top, but well done. There was no shaky-cam, or rapid editing, but rather it was all choreographed and wide shots. I give a lot of credit to director Tim Miller, who made his directorial debut with this film. It's incredible that he was able to accomplish so much on his first try, and I think he has a great future ahead of him.
Now, this wasn't a perfect movie. There were some things wrong with it. The one thing really missing about the Deadpool character was the multiple voices in his head. In the comics, he usually has multiple voices dialoguing back and forth in his head, and that was something that was missing from the movie. I also wish that the R-rated nature of the movie pertained solely to Deadpool, because this does still take place in the X-Men universe. It felt weird that other characters were swearing and being as crude as Deadpool. If just Deadpool and the people affiliated with him (Vanessa and Weasel) were the ones swearing, I think it would have worked better. But when you had just random characters here and there dropping F-bombs... I think it would have worked better if that R-rating was self-contained with Deadpool himself. I also think this movie dragged a little bit in the middle, spending a bit too much time on the origin story. If they took away fifteen minutes of origin story and put it to more of Deadpool being Deadpool, then this movie would have been massively improved.
Overall, Deadpool is one of the most fun and unique comic book movies ever made. It pushes boundaries with its R-rating, and nails the character perfectly. Ryan Reynolds was perfect for the role, and the rest of the cast was exceptional. The comedy worked excellently in making this a very different and enjoyable film. The action was very well done, utilizing long, wide takes and planned choreography. The fourth wall breaking and outside references could have been distracting, but they were used well enough to enhance the film. However, the movie could have used some more of the fourth wall breaking, and completely panned over the multiple voices in his head. The film's R-rated nature branched a little too far out to supporting characters, and I think it would have been better served if it was more self-contained. The film also dwells a little too much on its origin story and could have benefited from spending just an additional fifteen minutes on Deadpool himself. But in the end, Deadpool is everything that a fan could have wanted, and finally does the character justice!
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