The Merc with a Mouth is alive and well in 20th Century Fox and Tim Miller’s Deadpool movie adaptation! Come inside to see our full review!
Deadpool begins like any movie should, in the thick of an epic car battle between Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and a bunch of hapless goons. His reason for fighting these goons is simple; find their boss Ajax (Ed Skrein), the man he blames for screwing up his face/body into a patchy, mange-like mess. This is just part of the story, though. Deadpool also frequently flashbacks to before Wade Wilson was Deadpool. To a better time when he was with the love of his life Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). When Wilson discovers he has cancer all throughout his body, he leaves her in an attempt to save himself with a new program, run by Ajax. You can see where this goes.
The Deadpool character has always been a symbolic parody of the normal comic book superhero character and the movie is no different. With constant breaking of the 4th wall, inappropriate jokes, and references to X-Men movies, Deadpool had me laughing from beginning to end. I found myself quoting the movie several times after it was over and still chuckling. His obsession with Wolverine was definitely one of the highlights and one that many comic fans will be giddy over. Fans of the comic books should appreciate the humor as it’s extremely reminiscent of the source material.
However, what most fans will argue is that Deadpool’s origin story wasn’t quite right. It’s true, the origin stories from the books to the movie aren’t exactly the same. In the comic books, Deadpool receives his powers via the Weapon X program. A program that actually took the mutant gene of regeneration from Wolverine and infused it within Wade Wilson, in order to cure his cancer and create a deadly soldier. The movie differs only in that they don’t call it the Weapon X program and they don’t reference Wolverine. It’s one of the very rare times Wolverine isn’t mentioned or made fun of.
Outside of that one blemish, Deadpool hits the spot that no other superhero movies have been able to hit. Many times superhero films can be a little one note. Man with incredible powers arrives and fights evil but ultimately spares his life in hopes that they can change their evil ways. Meanwhile, Deadpool is killing everyone, left and right, and joking about it while he does it. Deadpool is a wonderfully violent film. It scratches that itch that most of us in the back of our minds have always craved to see, death and destruction.
Scratching that itch is the amazing cast of Deadpool. Long time fan of the comics and big reason why this movie was created is none other than Ryan Reynolds. In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he constantly spoke about playing Deadpool being a dream come true. Although, after they bastardized the character, Reynolds went on a long journey to find all the pieces necessary to create this film. The fruits of his labor are a film that completely embraces the Deadpool culture. Reynolds ended up completely capturing both the characters of Deadpool and Wade Wilson, flawlessly.
As for Deadpool’s partner, Weasel (T.J. Miller), I’m conflicted. I actually liked his adaptation but I almost felt he was forgettable, compared to everyone else. In fact, Ed Skrein portrays a rather unknown character in Ajax, but delivered a performance worth giving the numb character a second look. Meanwhile, the only two X-Men in this film (This is referenced) create a hilarious dynamic between them and Deadpool. First, you have Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), a metallic goliath with a good heart just trying to help Deadpool become a better person. Then, you have Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) whom with only a handful of words, makes you intrigued to know more about her and her brutal powers. The three of them together make an amazing team just in dialogue, alone.
Lastly, I’m not sure it’s appropriate to gush over Morena Baccarin in this setting but let’s just say her and Deadpool decapitating people are the reason why this movie was almost NC-17. Leaving her revelations out of it, Baccarin delivers an extremely likable character in Vanessa. She’s confident, sexy, funny, and able to go toe-to-toe with Wilson and hold her own.
Deadpool is the comic book adaptation we’ve always wanted. It’s got some great fight scenes, gorey action, and side-splitting jokes that will entertain you until the end. The flashbacks can be a little jarring and the inaccuracies of the history are the only blemishes on an otherwise stellar film. It’s the superhero film we needed to break up the normal monotony. This will be the first of many and I, for one, can’t wait.