Based on the comic book anti-hero, Deadpool tells the story of Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), a sarcastic mercenary who is diagnosed with several forms of cancer and told he is going to die. In order to “cure himself” for the girl he loves, he allows a secret organization to experiment on his body in order to see if any mutations will occur. After being tortured and punished severely, Wade’s body fights back and turns him into a hideous, yet immortal, disgrace. Ashamed of what he has become, Wade becomes Deadpool, a smart-ass, sarcastic, dirty, inappropriate, child whose only goal is to find the man who turned him into a freak and get it reversed.
As many have learned so far, Deadpool is quite different from anything else Marvel has put out to date, mainly because it is rated R, and for good reason. Deadpool is full of offensive language, nudity, violence, gore and inappropriate references… and I loved it! For those of you that don’t know, please don’t take your kids to this movie. I was in a theater with kids as young as 10… don’t be that parent!
Before I comment on the movie itself, I want to comment on Deadpool as a character. I never read any of the comics so I really don’t know his story arch. I’ve seen him in some of the video games and card games I play, but that is about it. I think the guy is hilarious and quirky! Sometimes he can be a little too corny, but all in all, he is the type of character every group needs! I don’t know enough about him to be the guy who complains about every little thing the movie got wrong (see X-Men reviews for that).
Even though this movie was put out by 20th Century Fox and not the Marvel Studios who did the Avengers, Deadpool is a fun entertaining film. Ryan Reynolds takes everything that was missing from his Wolverine Orgins character and creates the perfect Deadpool. He breaks the 4th wall, he makes dirty jokes, and he brings the action. As much as this movie is funny and inappropriate, it is full of action that fans have grown to expect. Between the gun fights and the swordplay, audiences get a nice balance of things they love.
The only part of this movie that felt weird was the inclusion of Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) from the X-men. It isn’t weird because of the additional characters, but these 2 are the only 2 that are added. Deadpool even makes a joke about the movie budget while at the Mansion about no other X-Men showing up and it does feel like 2 random characters were just thrown in. It isn’t “bad” just weird. Speaking of Colossus and Negasonic, the addition of extra characters made the story feel more whole. They fight alongside Deadpool to give it more of an Avenger’s feel and I was glad to see more mutants on his side. What I didn’t like was the plain and pedestrian villains. Ajax (Ed Skrein) is a punk, that is all. Angel Dust (Gina Carano) is like Colossus but on the other team. I think they could have added a little more flavor to the story without it taking away from Deadpool himself. I think what I am trying to say is that this movie lacked the color we come to expect from comic book movies.
At the end of the day, Ryan Reynolds steals the show as Deadpool and will have audiences not only loving his style, but wanting to see it again and again. I love the after credit scene and was pleased to hear that we will be getting more Deadpool! This is a must see for anyone over the age of 15 and isn’t a wuss! Co-starring Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, and Karan Soni.
8/10 Stars – I might not have loved it as much as movies in the Avenger’s line, but Deadpool is funny, action-packed and addictive. Ryan Reynolds steals the show!