For fans, Deadpool has been a long time coming. The foul-mouthed, fourth-wall breaking smart-ass Merc with a mouth is finally getting his own film, after a failed attempt to include him 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the leaked test footage caused people to foam at the mouth a few years ago, it’s now finally time for Wade Wilson to hit the big screen.
He’s what you’ve been waiting for. Funny, irreverent and gory, Deadpool is a blast from beginning to end and though it may drift into formulaic territory it more than makes up for it with a wealth of great jokes and some excellent action set pieces.
Ryan Reynolds was born to play this role, his sarcasm and dry wit perfectly fits the most beloved of comic-book characters. The plot is simple, after getting cancer, he seeks help from an evil institution that tortures and forces him to mutate, making him strong and immortal but leaving him horribly disfigured. When the woman he loves is kidnapped by the man who tortured him he must tool up and take him down, with plenty of gore and a whole lot of fourth wall breaking.
The key thing is that it’s funny, very funny. It’s knowing and nodding and winking and has a lot of different types of humour. It has a lot of comedy that might go a little too towards the improvisation type humour from a lot of frat boy comedies but then it has another gag that’s as silly as any of the best TV comedies of the age. The funniest scene involves broken hands and a man made of metal, you’ll know it when you see it.
The cast is great, Ryan Reynolds as I said was excellent, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa is a great love interest with enough bite and great lines to make her a great character. Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are in it for a small amount of time but make a great impression, providing a few laughs themselves and TJ Miller, Leslie Uggams and Gina Carano also help to round out the supporting cast.
The villain, however, is a bit bland, Ed Skrein is as likeable as a fungus, with little charm and barely anything interesting to say or do.
The music and cinematography are both solid, the direction catches all the best action and gags, as does the editing.
I feel like the Films biggest problem was it’s reliance on formula, even though it took the time to point at itself, bend the rules slightly with intercutting between the bridge scene and flashbacks at the beginning and by mentioning how he’s not trying to be a superhero.
It feels like it has the same tropes of the genre and the end set piece was still a big action set piece with multiple villains and a large explosion, and even though I don’t essentially mind that, it could have been far more exciting and original than just a large things crashing and predictable deaths.
Perhaps that was Deadpool’s way of twisting the tropes, even though most of the time an irreverent joke was what it had to offer. In the end, it was still a great Film but if it weren’t for the character himself, this maybe wouldn’t have held together a bit more.
Still a sequel is in the works and I look forward to it, Deadpool is a riot and is so far, the summer film to beat.