By Michael Kaye
Deadpool (Movie Review)
Welcome to the official launch of the comic book movie season! This year has a lot to offer within the superhero genre, including Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Suicide Squad and Doctor Strange! On the TV side, you got ABC's Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD, Daredevil and Luke Cage on Netflix, Gotham on FOX, Supergirl on CBS, and of course, The CW's Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. But this weekend, 20th Century Fox has graced theaters nationwide with the perfect date movie to watch on Valentine's Day. I am of course referring to Deadpool.
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
As both a film fan and a comic book enthusiast, this review practically writes itself! You've seen the link on my Facebook wall, and you're probably ready to judge me and my taste in film. But for those who care to actually READ the review as opposed to attacking me over a rating, I will jot down at least three reasons why Deadpool belongs in the conversation of greatest comic book movies of all time!
*I'm going to try extra hard to make this as spoiler-free as possible, but just in case I let one or two things slip, consider this your warning*
First off, right from the opening credits, this movie lets you know exactly what you're getting yourself into! The dream team that was director Tim Miller, star and producer Ryan Reynolds and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick basically had all the freedom to throw everything and the kitchen sink at the audience! In terms of the humor, there was nothing left out, from gross out gags to puns, a plethora of jokes that are bound to offend someone, pop culture references (including jabs at certain notorious superhero films) and meta humor! So many jokes came flying a mile a minute that it'd be impossible to catch all of them in just one viewing, and for that reason alone I'm betting this'll be a huge success at the box office!
Let's talk about the cast, but especially Ryan Reynolds as the titular anti-hero! I'll be honest, I genuinely think this is his best performance in his entire career! In fact, this movie IS his entire career! All that's come before this, the successes and even the failures, they've all led right to this role. Think about it, both the character and the actor began their long careers separated at birth in the year 1991. In hindsight, is it really hard to imagine movies like Van Wilder, Smokin' Aces and Blade Trinity as stealth Deadpool auditions? Point is, he absolutely embodies the character, and with this role he's finally found the right balance between comedy, action and drama!
The supporting cast is so big that it needs its own paragraph! I don't think I've seen a better performance from Morena Baccarin than I have here as Wade's love interest Vanessa! She and Reynolds have such believable chemistry that at times you can forget you're watching a superhero movie (more on that later). T.J. Miller was hysterical as Wade's douchebag of a best friend Weasel! Talk about perfect casting, I love how everyone is able to bring their own personalities into pre-established characters! Even Ed Skrein, who I wasn't really a fan of in Transporter Refueled, totally redeems himself as the main antagonist Ajax! But the ones who stole the show for me were Stefan Kapicic as Colossus and Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, two X-Men members who honestly serve only one real purpose: world building.
Everything about the music was great! Junkie XL injects sonic adrenaline into all the action scenes, which look amazing for a budget of only $50 million (take notes, Gambit producers)! As for the soundtrack, I want to buy that immediately! Thanks to Deadpool, I'll have "Careless Whisper" and "X Gon' Give It to Ya" stuck in my head for the rest of the year, and the way they were used in the film was nothing short of brilliant!
Finally, as Deadpool clearly states in the trailers, this is NOT your traditional superhero movie! In many ways, this plays more like a love story than anything else, with elements of classic low budget action films and a Tarantino-style revenge thriller! For you parents out there, please keep that in mind before you drag your kids along, as this is most definitely deserving of its R-rating. I don't wanna oversell this movie as a 110 minute visual essay deconstructing the entire superhero genre, but I do feel like it's the right kind of movie released at exactly the right time. For those of you who may be getting tired of superhero movies, think of this as your shot of adrenaline, as you're gonna need it to keep up with the 6 other major releases heading your way shortly!
Oh, one more thing: I know this should go without saying, but STAY PUT until the credits are over, as you don't wanna miss what happens at the end!
The Verdict: 10 out of 10!
*sigh* Do I even have to write this conclusion? Those of you who live in a major have probably already seen the film multiple times by now, and those who are fans of the character are already excited to see it! Perhaps I'll end with this: the future of Deadpool, the X-Men franchise and superhero movies as a whole all depend on everyone going to see this film!