Possible spoilers ahead!
Took a long time, but the Deadpool movie is finally here. And even if you’re not a comic book fan, I think you’ll enjoy this movie.
In the film, former Special Forces member Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) works as a heavy for hire – taking down bad guys for a price. After a mission against a pizza delivery boy, Wilson meets local call girl Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarin), and his life is changed forever. For the next year or so, the pair enjoy a fairytale (and somewhat depraved) romance.
Everything is going great until Wilson discovers that late-stage cancer has spread to his liver, lungs, prostate, and brain. Determined to prevent Vanessa from watching him wither away, Wilson agrees to undergo an experimental procedure – which he is told will cure his cancer by unlocking dormant mutant abilities.
In charge of Wilson’s procedure are Ajax (Ed Skrein) and Angel Dust (Gina Carano), former patients now tasked with creating superhuman slaves – at any cost (with no concern for the pain and suffering of their charges). After many failed attempts, Ajax resorts to desperate measures that succeed in tapping into his patient’s latent superpowers but leave Wilson hideously disfigured by the process.
Fearful of what Vanessa might think of his mutilated appearance, Wilson focuses on finding Ajax, in the hopes of forcing the bastard to cure him – or, at the very least, giving the villain a slow, painful death.
For reasons beyond my control, I had to wait about a week to see “Deadpool.” During that week, all I kept hearing was how good this movie was, how funny, and bloody and action packed it was. The praise was so overwhelmingly good, that I figured there’s no way “Deadpool” can live up to the hype. Glad to say, “Deadpool” delivered on all the hype, and the results were everything my little comic book geek heart could have imagined.
In a time when Hollywood studios are taking less and less chances, it was refreshing to see something like “Deadpool.” writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese blended enough self-deprecating humor and genre-satire to give the audience a new take on the standard comic book origin movie formula.
Deadpool’s famous breaking the fourth wall moments are still there, as well as his joke cracking in the midst of a battle. This was like seeing a Deadppol comic come to life on the big screen. And yet, Deadpool conveys a surprisingly emotional story. This merc with a mouth has a ton of heart.
The strength of Deadpool is of course Ryan Reynolds who was born to play this character. This is the Ryan Reynolds audiences gave a hoot about before 2010, and I’m glad he’s back in a big way. But let’s not forget to give credit to director Tim Miller, whose vision gave us the Deadpool movie we all wanted, but never thought we’d see.
Supporting roles aren’t by-the-book outlines of other comic book movies either. Each character is included for a specific purpose: the villains are just there for Deadpool to punch and maim. But you know what? it works.
One of the highlights of the film is Wade Wilson’s disdain for well-intentioned X-Men hero, Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), and his young trainee, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). Their interactions are an surprisingly funny gag (and dramatic conflict) that runs throughout the entire movie.
The line about going to see Professor X was priceless. And can I just say they finnaly got the right look for Colossus? He looks like he stepped right out of an Andy kubert drawn comic book.
One of the biggest (and better) surprises was how much room Morena Baccarin was given to develop Vanessa Carlysle. She’s not just there for looks, this is one empowered woman, and the relationship between Wilson and Carlysle is one of the more developed and authentic relationships in the superhero genre thus far.
Although I”m still wondering why she didn’t have powers like her comic book counter part. Oh well, maybe in the sequel? Considering where she was put towards the end of the movie, it could happen I think.
Deadpool is bloody, and riotous twist on the superhero genre – a must-see comic book movie experience that embraces the source material and its R-rating. This movie is fantastic, and should be seen by all, as long as you’re 17 or older of course.
“Deadpool” final score” 9.5