Deadpool Review: Fox Nailed It!!
Directed By: Tim Miller
Staring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Ed Skrein, Brianna Hildebrand
Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 108 Minutes
Synopsis: A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool.
Who Says You Can’t Do a Rated R Super Hero Movie
There has been this prevailing notion that Superhero movies have to be PG-13 or lower in order to do well because of the kids. The idea is that kids read comic books and would be a significant part of the audience. However over the past couple years we have seen that Comic Book movies reach almost everyone and that adults are into this more than every almost, at least in the mainstream. Deadpool took the next logical step, to make a comic book movie for adults.This movie was violent, crude, sexual, and very sophomoric which lead to an absolutely perfect big screen portrayal of this popular cult character Deadpool.
The Characters Were True to the Comics
For those of you who didn’t know Deadpool is an asshole. He is condescending, rude, very crude uses a ton of innuendos and frankly, he’s flat out crazy. This is a character I loved growing up and was afraid would get toned down or changed completely for the movie, but he wasn’t (Well at least in this movie, I am going to pretend Deadpool was never in Wolverine Origins and that this is the first time we see him on screen because that was garbage the first time). In this film we see all those Deadpool qualities and Ryan Reynolds seems to be born to be Deadpool. Growing up the voice in my head when I reading Deadpool was Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds made you believe in Deadpool and full grasp the sheer craziness of the character. The biggest thing that sets Deadpool apart from other comic book characters is his ability to know he is in a comic book or in this case a movie. He breaks the forth wall and talks to the reader/viewer letting you know he is in on the joke. They didn’t really go here in the movies but in the comics he does this around other characters and they have no idea what or who he’s talking about.
This movie added some X-Men because they are typically associated with Deadpool in the comics, specifically Cable (Who we will be seeing soon) and in this movie it was Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. This is the first time Fox actually made the X-Men feel like X-Men. I am so glad they kept Brian Singer a million miles away from this project and just let them make a comic book. Colossus and Negasonic had real X-Men uniforms, and true to the comics fighting style. So often in the X-Men movies they don’t work as a team or use their powers to assist the other. In this film Colossus was a badass brute who grounds and pounds but is a gentle soul and Negasonic is your typical moody teenager who is aware of her powers but struggles in controlling them. They also hit the ongoing storyline of the X-Men trying to get Wade to calm down and join the X-Men and Colossus tries but realizes Deadpool is bat shit crazy and is going to do whatever he wants.
This Really is a Love Story
In the Comics Deadpool had two main love interest throughout the years Lady Death(hopefully we will see down the road) and Copycat aka Vanessa Carlysle and this movie told this film portrayed their sexually fueled weird relationship as true love. Essentially they turn a crazy connections into a physical connection into true love told over 103 minutes with some drama in between. Besides all the easter eggs, comedy, and violence at its core Deadpool is a love story where Wade Wilson gets diagnosed with terminal cancer then participates in an off the books program to get rid of the cancer but by doing so it ignites his mutant gene which gives him powers including a ridiculous healing factor but disfiguring his body and face. Wade believes that person who did this to him can fix him and he is determine to get fixed but Ajax hates Wade and decides to kidnap Vanessa. Morena Baccarin who some comic fans are familiar with her in the tv show Gotham does a great job of playing a less crazy female version of Wade Wilson. She is Ultra sexual and sells it great and she looked fantastic in this film also. Anytime you have a female character who is comfortable with her sexuality and the movie does not shame her or demean her than I am a fan of that and this film embraces it and portrays it in a positive light just like they did with Wade. Now, in the Comics Vanessa is a shape shifting mutant and I am not sure if she will get powers at some point in this franchise but I do want to see her back in Deadpool 2 because she was a great partner and companion to the craziness of Deadpool and the chemistry between Ryan and Morena was fantastic.
Cinematography and Choreography
For a film with a $50 million budget they nailed the CG and cinematography of this film. The car scene that was in the original trailer from way back was fantastically shot from the opening credits and all the easter eggs to the actual action shot. It felt like I was looking at panels in a comic book and to me there is no higher praise of a comic book film than that. The crew used multiple angles to show off how skilled of a fighter and shooter Deadpool is and his fights were choreographed to combine is violence with comedy. Certain shots looked like a normal fight then the camera would pan and you would see that Deadpool has a wedgie or he hit someone in the nuts or some type of ridiculous thing to show you how Deadpool fights. I don’t necessarily know if the film needs a bigger budget however with a bigger budget you would be able to have more sets and more of those crazy fight scenes. The film was shot essentially at 3 locations the bridge where the first part of the movie happens, the mutant x facility in the middle and what looks to be a S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier at the end. Deadpool’s costume was spot on and probably the best costume Fox has ever done for a comic book film.
The Villain was just OK
Ajax was a character I was not to familiar with and I didn’t really learn much from the film. The movie didn’t really go into his backstory or why him and Gina Carono’s character Angel Dust were partners. Both of them seemed to be Snidely Whiplash type villains who are just evil to be evil and I didn’t care for it. Deadpool is the star of this film and the lack of depth in the Villains didn’t hurt the film that much to me but there was something missing there. Hopefully in the subsequent films in the franchise they invest more backstory in the villain.