What happens when you have a film project that has climbed out of development hell like Bruce Wayne climbed out of that Gulag in The Dark Knight Rises? OK, bad comparison because that scene was bullshit!!
Anyway, a movie based on Deadpool as well as a few other Marvel Intellectual Properties was proposed since the year 2000 and after sixteen years, the project has finally reached fruition! Yay!
From the studio that inexplicably sewed his fucking mouth shut the first time, comes… me!
When the X-Men spinoff film about a certain Adamantium clawed Mutant debuted back in 2008, the movie was poorly received and rightfully so. However, if there was one “redeeming” factor I can take from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is uh, um…ah..the Videogame adaptation from Activision!!
Yeah, that’s it! Oh and to a lesser degree, it gave us Deadpool’s first cinematic appearance. Yes, the opportunity was severely wasted and it’s unfortunate when you weigh in the fact that actor Ryan Reynolds’ performance had demonstrated good potential.
Fast forward Eight years later and low and behold not only does “The Merc with the Mouth” has his own movie, but it has Reynolds reprising his role from Origins and all I can say is it was a long time coming but it paid off in a huge way!
Directed by Tim Miller and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Y’know, the guys behind Zombieland and the not so good sequel to those Real American Heroes, Deadpool is part dark comedy , part superhero and all attitude with the titular character on a mission to settle scores and bury scars . (Such as the ones on his face.)
The movie wastes no time when it comes to exciting sequences starting with the rather quirky intro loaded with fan service humor (anyone noticed the Green Lantern action figure)?
Sometime afterwards, Wade Wilson AKA Deadpool elasticities a complete backstory of how he became this smart-assed assassin with a soft spot in his heart. In layman’s terms it’s a classic love story of Boy meets Girl, Boy fucks girl, then boy passes out only to find out that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and with little time left to spend with his fiancée Vanessa Carlyle, (played by the beautiful girl of GOTHAM-Morena Baccarin). Out of desperation Wade volunteers to become part of this trial experiment that may rid him of cancer once and for all. But that’s not necessarily the case as he learns that the experimental clinic was just a ruse for something more sinister.
After being injected with mutant DNA, Wilson discovers that his body can regenerate and what’s even better, his cancer is cured! Too good to be true? Fuck yeah! Especially now that Wade’s “good looks” have been replaced with something horrendous. Pissed and bitter, Deadpool goes after the man responsible for his disfigurement-Francis Freeman who goes under the pseudonym- “Ajax”.
Thus fast forward to the present where Wade..er, now “Deadpool “ is seen unmercifully slicing, dicing and shooting the shit outta Ajax’s goon squad and the rest continues on from there.
What I really loved about this film is that it’s very unapologetic and isn’t afraid to take shots at the comic and film industry. Its pretty much tongue and cheek and I’m talking literally! (The sex scenes between Wade and Vanessa were very graphic to the extent of DP taking it up the Poop chute via strap on!!! What some Guys would do for love.) My friends and I were surprised that parents actually took their kids to see this film that more than justified a hard-R rating. It’s not as if Deadpool was used as some marketing tool to sell toys..right?…..right??
But wait!! Deadpool isn’t all about gratuitous violence, nudity, profanity and fucking… OK, a large part of it is but that’s not the sole reason of why this movie is so good. Personally, I loved the hell out of DP’s fourth wall breaks that spare no expense when taking jabs at pop culture references and especially the movie industry.
Its as if the protagonist had taken the viewer along on his mission to get some well-deserved payback. Again, the standout comedic scenes consist mostly of lampooning superhero tropes and clichés. What was absent was the walking away from explosions however, the inside jokes more than made up for it from the three point landing to the slow motion trio of heroes walking. Speaking of whom, the “Mutant of Steel”, Colossus shows up and he gets more air time than compare to the previous X-Men movies. And like Peter Rasputin from the comics, he comes off very adamant as some “Boy scout” when attempting to recruit Wade into the X-Men and in doing so, he often gives lectures about what it really means to be a hero, something Deadpool is certainly not!
The dynamic between Deadpool, Colossus and the newest edition to the X-Men; Negasonic Teenage Warhead was so impressive, that one can only hope for a sequel strictly aimed toward the trio. (After the hints that were mentioned during post credits, it’s a strong possibility and then some!)
Rounding out the film’s cast is Wade’s equally obnoxious BFF, Weasel who further helped to deliver the endless supply of laughs as well as Wade’s roommate Al (Played by Leslie Uggams) and if that wasn’t enough, there were a few good scenes with the Cab Driver who DP always manage to stiff after reaching his destination. Yes, there’s even a cameo from Mr. “Excelsior” himself.) Deadpool is inept, obnoxious, and irresponsible to the point of him accidentally leaving his weapons cache in the backseat of the cab prior to taking down his targets. But yet for some reason, you can’t help to cheer for this anti-hero.
Francis, the main antagonist Ajax came off like an uninspired generic supervillain so it’s quite obvious that he’ll end up as bullet fodder. MMA fighter, now turned “Actress” Gina Carano shows up as his henchman Angel Dust and looking badass as ever. I doubt she’ll return for the possible sequel as well but at least she has the chops to play a super powered nemesis in other films perhaps. That being said, Carano should take further acting lessons – not that I would personally tell her. The slowest part of the film goes to the underground clinic, but it’s a mere 15 or so minutes that can be endured.
Seeing DP in action with his Katanas reminded me of the first Blade movie and not even that film is safe from the constant pop culture references and jabs. Oh, no sir! Ryan Reynolds has more than redeemed himself from previous Comic oriented clunkers despite the fact that it took a fourth attempt?!?
Deadpool raises the bar as far as R-Rated Superhero Movies goes and if you like laughs, blood and boobs with your Superheroics, then this is one “pool” you wouldn’t mind jumping into! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to play the videogame in a few minutes!
Recommended for: Comic readers, those who liked the first Blade- and Kick Ass- films.
Also recommended, my fellow SN contributor and colleague Kenchun’s impeccable review in case any of you haven’t read it.