Review: Deadpool

Without doubt this is the most widely and frequently advertised film of late, and possibly to date as none with such an aggressive style come to mind, they have left very few people without knowledge of Deadpool or their release date which ultimately I’m sure will work extremely well in their box office numbers and profits. Ryan Reynolds tackles the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ for the second time, with the first falling on its stitched up face in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this was his chance to do it right, even also producing the film to ensure Deadpool was given his fair due this time around. This is our origin story, how Wade Wilson, mercenary became Deadpool, insane killing machine, after learning that he had terminal cancer, an offer from a stranger to not only cure him but turn him into a superhero was something he couldn’t refuse, only to learn once he was already committed to the experiment that it was really more super slave than hero and in the process being turned into what looks like a “testicle with teeth” and is ever so slightly psychopathic. Wade has no choice but to hunt those who did this to him and make them fix it and maybe kill a few folks while he’s at it.

Reynolds has had a very varied career from Van Wilder to The Proposal to Buried to Green Lantern but this is a game changer, a role he’s waited many years to do justice and he finally has; this performance is without doubt the best thing he’s ever done. This was a labour of love, after getting invested in Deadpool while preparing for Blade: Trinity he was determined to play him and it may have taken one failed attempt and a fair few years but ultimately it was worth it because he’s embodied the most unforgettable Marvel character to hit screens and made something utterly brilliant, determination does pay off. Aside from Reynold’s superb performance there’s his fabulous leading lady Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, this self-assured, quick-witted, independent character has changed my perspective of her as an actress, the fact that she manages to keep up with and have great chemistry with Reynolds is brilliant to watch. Then there’s our resident 2 X-Men, attempting to rein in Deadpool, not very successfully, to their hero ideals, they realistically portray our only link to the rest of the current movie Marvel universe because this is something completely outside the box in comparison, and yet they fit in extremely well, showing the difference in the way which a hero might use their gifts compared with Deadpool and the banter between them is definitely entertaining. Lastly you have to mention T.J. Miller as Weasel, a well suited best friend style character who is perhaps not the most supportive but gives some good lines.

You can’t help but see the style of this film immediately, it’s different, it’s loud and in your face from the get-go and it will grab your attention with an unrelenting grip for that terrific opening sequence then hold it for the entire film, and even perhaps through the credits. For this to come from a first time director is miraculous and almost ridiculous in its flawless blend with the story and characters, making not just the character Deadpool but the entire film in the manner of his personality; not to mention that his expertise in visual effects is clearly shown. The smart-assery (not a word but highly accurate in my opinion) begins as soon as the film rolls, with even the credits in the words of Deadpool, it’s such an obvious choice and yet so clever, breaking that fourth wall to the full extent which of course was not the film-makers choice being already in the comics but on the big screen it works so fluidly to enhance the comedy and the story in general while creating a great audience-protagonist connection. The choice to also tell the story in a non-linear way was definitely appropriate, to mix past and present makes the film move much faster and gives very little down time from the action. The only downside is if you take a real look at it, the story feels somewhat simplistic but this takes very little away from the film as a whole.

The script, direction and cast of this film bond together so well it’s stunning, it is in your face the whole time with so many lines and jokes that there’s barely time to catch them all, the writers especially deserve huge respect for this (Rhett Rheese & Paul Wernick who also wrote one of my favourite all time films, Zombieland), it’s clever, funny, crazy and action-packed. Towards the latter parts of the film the constant smart, sarcastic and nonchalant comments don’t quite have the affect they did in the beginning but they are far from boring, in fairness it’s almost impossible to keep an audience in that shock/delight reaction for an entire 108 minutes. Forgetting that, the sheer fact that this film has managed to create a preposterous amount of hype and anticipation and it doesn’t disappoint in the slightest, is really more than anyone can hope for. This is a whole new level for Marvel and with a sequel already announced there will be most likely several more Deadpool adventures to enjoy.

Verdict: 8.5/10

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