‘Deadpool’ Review: The Anti-Hero We Deserve

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It has taken a long time for us to get to this moment; the Deadpool movie has finally arrived! Now, most people would think that it’s just another generic superhero film, in a year full of superhero films. Well, I’m here to tell you that those people are wrong. Deadpool brings something new and surprisingly refreshing to the superhero genre. It gives us an anti-hero who’s going after the person who made his life a living hell. Combine that with the romantic element of the film (it is releasing on Valentine’s Day weekend after all), and you have yourself a unique film that will have you laughing until your throat is soar.

The story is pretty basic, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary who falls for a girl named Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). This already sounds like a twisted Hallmark movie, but it does make for a very entertaining film. Baccarin and Reynolds actually have great chemistry here, and they carry most of the film. The two fall in love and get engaged, but things get rough for them when Wade is diagnosed with cancer. Wade needs to find a cure, but only one man can help him. That man is Ajax (Ed Skrein), the head of a shady organization who’s trying to unlock a possible mutant gene in his subjects. Wade realizes that this is his only chance for a cure and accepts his offer; but it’s never that easy. Wade’s mutation ends up making him like a monster, and he’s now a little crazier than before. Wade wants revenge because his live has been ruined. This leads to Wade dawning the mask and he becomes Deadpool.

The film grabs your attention right from the opening credits, and from there the tone is set for the rest of the film. What makes the story so engaging is Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool; He owns this role just like Hugh Jackman owns Wolverine and Robert Downey Jr. owns Iron Man. I can’t imagine anyone else playing the Merc with a Mouth. Reynolds was born to play Deadpool and you can tell that he’s having a blast doing it. Some of his best moments are his fight scenes, and the fight scenes in this film are incredible! The way Deadpool moves, using a combination of guns and swords is something that they utilize in the best possible way. There are two fight scenes in particular that really stand out. 
Reynolds isn’t the only performance that stands out. T.J. Miller as Wade’s best friend Weasel was also perfect casting. Most of the casting in this film was spot on. Sadly the supporting cast was not given a lot to work with. They are mostly reduced to being comedy relief, in a movie where you don’t need any comedy relief. The cast did the best with what they were given to work with, but I felt like we don’t get a chance to spend enough time with them. This is one of the biggest weaknesses of the film. While it’s a funny movie, you don’t really get anything more than that. The heart of the film is Wade and Vanessa; no one else really matters. You don’t really care about any of the supporting characters, the film is mostly relying on Ryan Reynolds saying dirty one-liners. 

While we’re on the subject of dirty jokes; I think it’s safe to say that this movie isn’t for everyone. Most of the comedy in this film relies on fourth-wall breaking and sex jokes, and while it can humorous for a while it got a little stale towards the middle of the film. Thankfully the action picked up once the jokes started to decline. Though I must say, whenever Deadpool break the fourth-wall it’s hilarious ninety percent of the time. The not so subtle jabs at the superhero genre in general was some of the best comedy I’ve seen in years! It’s something that will make fans of the character very happy.One of the things I haven’t talked much about was the villain, Ajax. Sadly, he is just another underused villain in the ever growing list of underused villains. He recruits Wade into his program to help cure his cancer. He ends up trying to turn Wade into a monster, and in the process he makes Wade look: “Like an avocado that had sex with and older avocado”. Wade needs him to make him to fix the mutation, but being the villain of course he’s not going to do it. We never really get the sense of danger because Deadpool is the one going after Ajax. He’s the one causing most of the trouble. Not only that, but Deadpool has a healing factor that allows him to be to shot to death, and he’ll just getback up in a matter of seconds. You also don’t see enough Ajax’s right-hand woman,  Angel Dust (Gina Carano). Ajax isn’t a memorable villain, but he did just enough to get the job done; like most generic movie villains. The supporting cast and even the antagonist hardly have any meaningful scenes.

It’s not that I wanted this to be an ensemble film; it’s that most of these characters never reach their full potential! One of the most wasted characters is Deadpool’s friend, Blind Al (Leslie Uggams). We meet the character in an awkward scene, and then she’s only given a handful of scenes after that. This is what I mean when I say the characters are underdeveloped; they seem so fun and interesting, but we never truly get to explore them.

Another thing that didn’t quite sit well with me was the look of Colossus. He looks completely different from the character we see in the X-Men films, and at times his CGI looks second-rate. I’m not quite sure why Colossus looks this way, maybe it wasn’t in the budget or they wanted to keep Deadpool in his own world away from the X-Men universe. Either way it was kind of distracting.

I mentioned that Deadpool’s healing factor took the sense of danger away from most situations, and while it does do that; it also made for some hilarious moments. The way he can take bullets, stabs wounds and broken bones; and still be standing made from some great comedic moments that is true to his comic book counterpart. Another thing that Deadpool got right was the use of the X-Men characters. Colossus (Greg LaSalle, Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). These two characters were portrayed perfectly! Seeing the interaction between the three of them where some of my favorite moments of the film; but once again we don’t see too much of them just like the other supporting characters.

A lot of the film’s humor is based on other superhero movies. Making fun of the X-men, Marvel Studios etc. If you’re not familiar with the X-Men films, don’t know the actors or don’t know that much about Ryan Reynolds, some of the jokes will go over your head. However, if you do know most of the references you’ll be laughing through out most of the film. Also, make sure that stay for the post-credits scene. It’s one of the best I have ever seen.

Overall Deadpool is everything fans wanted, and while it does have major flaws it’s still an enjoyable film. The raunchy humor, extreme violence and fourth-wall breaking is sure to please anyone who loves a good R rated action film. The world isn’t at stake, and there aren’t any lasers shooting into the sky. Deadpool is the breath of fresh air we needed. Hopefully this film receives a sequel because there is so much to explore in this weird version of the X-Men universe. We definitely need to see more of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. He is so good that it would be a shame not to incorporate him into an X-Force film or even a cameo in the X-Men films. Deadpool is sure to turn into a franchise, and definitely has the potential to become something great.

4/5 Stars

Deadpool hits theaters this Friday.

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