Deadpool is not your average superhero movie and the world is a better place for it.
Let’s be honest, superhero movie burnout is a real thing. With Marvel seemingly releasing a movie every other month and DC Comics getting darker and grittier with each new film, Deadpool is a needed lungful of gleeful foul-mouthed air. It’s joyfully violent and purposefully schizophrenic, breaking bones as often as it breaks the fourth wall. A Marvel property but produced by Fox instead Disney because of Hollywood legalism and rights, Deadpool feels very much like a passion project by everyone involved. With a relatively meager budget (only $58 million), the stakes aren’t as a high as normal superhero movies but that’s another refreshing aspect of the movie; the “Merc’ with a Mouth” just wants a new face.
This is a superhero origin story, albeit one with genitalia jokes instead of realizations about responsibility, and Wade Wilson is no hero. Sure, he may have a soft spot for his friends and loved ones, but after being diagnosed with cancer, Wilson takes a gamble. A shady man informs him of a shady program which may or may not cure Wade but this are desperate times. Things naturally don’t go as planned and upon being left horribly disfigured, Wade becomes Deadpool and sets out for revenge.
The success of a movie like this hinges on two factors, the writing and acting, and thankfully the film comes through on both fronts. The script is relentlessly profane, hilariously self-depreciating and self-referencing , and surprisingly emotional in parts. The film’s writers, who are usually the unsung hero of any movie, even get a great shout out in the snarky opening credits, being called “The Real Heroes Here” and it’s true. The main actors are also on point. Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool, from his mannerisms to every line he delivers, Reynolds is clearly having a blast and it’s contagious. T.J. Miller is also memorable as Wade’s best friend, Weasel, observing the ongoing chaos around him with deadpan quips. Wade’s girlfriend, played by Morena Baccarin, gets some great moments early on but sadly succumbs to “damsel in distress” plot tropes which is a shame as her character could have had a lot more subversive role. There’s some other great parts (the two B-list X-Men who have to deal with Deadpool’s antics) and some not great parts (the generic English villain) but overall Deadpool is an unprecedented and hilarious success. Deadpool is out now in theaters.
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