Cast – Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, TJ Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Gina Carano
Alluring element – An unleashed uncensored superhero alternative to the Marvel formula that’s gone stale. Check it out if you liked – Kill Bill, Wanted, Kick-Ass, the Deadpool video game
Plot – 8 Acting – 9 Representation of Genre – 10 Cinematography – 9 Effects/Environment – 9 Captivity – 10 Logical consistency – 8 Originality/Creativity – 10 Soundtrack/Music – 10 Overall awesomeness – 10
This movie isn’t for everybody, but for those that Deadpool speaks to, it’s one of the most fun experiences to be had at the movie theater in years – superhero movie or not. It’s raunchy, immature, and gratuitously violent, but it’s also cleverly written, and tremendously self-aware. Imagine Kill Bill meets Superbad. Point is, even if you aren’t a Deadpool fan, or a comic book fan, your tolerance for really crude jokes and pop culture references will dictate your feelings towards Deadpool. Oh, and don’t be like the idiot parents we saw in the theater… leave you toddlers at home. You don’t want to explain to your five year-old son what a moneyshot is.
What is so impressive about Deadpool is how much they did with so little. When the test footage “accidentally” leaked, fans were ecstatic. At that time, D-Pooly’s self-titled video game had been released, and Nolan North’s performance had created a spark that the leaked footage just caught fire to. After nearly five to six years in limbo, it was rookie director Tim Miller who was awarded the task of taking over Deadpool with just under a $60M budget; in perspective, that is just over 1/3 of X-Men Origins, and almost 1/4 of the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse film. Even the post-credit scene is low-budget, geniously parodying a beloved 80’s movie – the holy grail of post-credit scenes.
Another aspect to endear the movie to your heart is its refusal (or at least the outside appearance of such) to bend the knee to FOX. Deadpool thinks of FOX and the X-Men franchise much the same way that Community did about NBC or the way The Simpsons rags on FOX in the sense that they are mercilessly talking trash about them, but in a tongue-in-cheek way that seems charming. I’m sure FOX hates it, but the fans love to hate FOX, so how much damage is really done by allowing Deadpool to fan the flames?
Ryan Reynolds has embodied Deadpool the way RDJ has done as Iron Man, or the way Hugh Jackman has as Wolverine. Wade Wilson is practically an evolution of Reynolds’ portrayal of Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity, a sassy degenerate that has a perchance for violence, a potty mouth that would make Bob Saget blush.
Morena Baccarin as Vanessa (who we presume will eventually become Copycat in the sequel) was a great casting decision. Baccarin is already accustomed to this type of role; her most well-known character, Inara from Firefly and Serenity, is also a prostitute who is in tune with her sexuality, completely owning herself. Vanessa isn’t the type of girl who takes a lot of shit; in other words, she is smart, which can be rare to find in either comedies or superhero movies. Add all this in with the chemistry she has with Reynolds, and you get the best Valentine’s Day movie you could ask for. Baccarin pleases the Fanboys (or girls!) and Reynolds pleases the Fangirls (or boys!).
As far as the rest of the casting goes, Ed Skrein (known to some as the first Daario Naharis from Game of Thrones) was a terrifying Ajax. It would really be hard to hate him even more by the time the film ends. Brianna Hildebrand’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead was the perfect amount of teenage girl without being annoying. The CGI for Colossus wasn’t terrible, and the voicing, by Stefan Kapicic, was decent, too. The side characters, played by T.J. Miller (Weasel), Karan Soni (Dopinder), and Leslie Uggams (Blind Al), were all perfectly written and played, adding to the quality of comedy Deadpool proves to be. Additionally, Stan Lee’s cameo will be one no one will forget. Let’s call it a classic.
The only misstep was with Gina Carano as Angel Dust. It could be that Ms. Carano is not asked to play any other roles given her career in Muay Thai and MMA; however, she is becoming very typecast. Her acting capabilities will never grow if she always plays the lady who is too strong for a lady type.
The most endearing aspect of the film had to be the incessant almost infuriatingly-amazing frequency at which pop culture references are hurled from Deadpool’s mouth with rapid succession. Sometimes the jokes are subtle and hard to catch (mostly due to laughing so hard at a previous joke or reference), and sometimes they are obscure and hard to catch onto (I mean seriously, who the hell knows about Angel Dust or Negasonic?), but if you’re skilled enough of an Easter Egg hunter, you’ll be rewarded in kind.
I also learned a plethora of new phallic-based insults to use against coworkers, fellow drivers, mailmen, parents, and Trump supports. This list includes, but is not limited to: “200 lb sack of assholes,” “wheezing bag of dick tips,” and “cock thistle.” It’s not just penis humor that will tickle your funny bone. The writing team for Deadpool, “The Real Heroes Here,” understand comedic timing, and are able to make unexpecting fans laugh heartily whether it be slapstick, sophomoric, self-deprecating… they hit all the walls, and mix it up enough to not feel stale, even after 2-3 watches.
Even after seeing this movie, it’s hard to believe that a treasure like this actually exists. For the better part of a decade, video game features, animated show cameos, and a shit-ton of Hot Topic merchandise have helped feed the cult sensation that is Deadpool. Sure, the big highway scene from the trailer is one of only two major action sequences in the entire movie, but Deadpool is a movie that is defined by more than just his ability to slaughter goons. It’s a love song written to the fans, directed by, written by, and starring HUGE fans. It may not have been objectively better than Guardians of the Galaxy or The Avengers, but I had just as much fun if not more than I did with those movies. Deadpool breaks the mold of superhero movies, and while it might not be everybody’s cup of tea, will re-energize a genre that had grown supersaturated with formulaic bullshit.
All pictures belong to FOX and Marvel Comics.