15 February 2016
Time to own up, I’m a comic-book fan and also massive Deadpool nerd. If my review is slightly excited I apologise. This film nearly didn’t happen, Deadpool isn’t a conventional hero by a long way, he’s not even a hero, the characters traits he shows make him something that Hollywood feared making because they thought it wouldn’t sell and feared it would be a legal nightmare – let alone the difficulties anticipated getting clearance by the censors! Leaked test footage in 2012 & 2014 combined with fan power gave this project wheels and the film is enjoyable to both fans and newcomers. It helped that Reynolds was such a fan of comics too; he championed the conversion from comic to film from 2005 on social media. Directed by Tim Miller this comes out exactly 25 years after Deadpool’s first appearance in Marvel -New Mutants #98.
In one comic I read writers joked at Reynolds to star as Deadpool if ever a film was made – granted there was one story arc where DeadPool gained Tom Cruises face, but that’s a whole different story and it was always suggested Reynolds was the man for the job. Here we are in 2016 and that joke is reality as Ryan Reynolds delivers a great performance as the Merc with a mouth. He does much better job here than in his previous incarnation of the assassin in the “X-Men Origins -Wolverine” movie, and so much better than he does as the green lantern which is even joked about within this film. Relatively true to the comics the cast portray the characters in the Deadpool world with T.J. Miller playing Weasel and Leslie Uggams as Blind Al amongst others (even Hydra- Bob makes an appearance!!). It’s an origins story showing how Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, gets his regenerative powers and what he had to go through to save his lover Vanessa played by Morena Baccarin from Ajax, Ed Skrein. The action and humour in the film starts from the very moment the Marvel badge dissolves from screen and there is a great pace for the duration of the film all the way through the film and passed the end credits (you certainly get value for your tickets). Lots of camera and editing techniques used throughout to give the film a great look and feel, both modern with classic techniques too. While the main story unfolds flashbacks and flash-forwards act as additional narration to help the audience learn about the anti-hero’s journey. I enjoyed the ride and that surprised me, being such a fan I expected Hollywood to ruin this film; this doubt was further reserved with all the great reviews that were coming in since the film was released, I really didn’t want to be disappointed and I wasn’t. Here I am after the film writing a review to confirm that I actually liked it a damn lot.
The acting is convincing, the script is littered with humour and drama which worked well with the expected insanity and violence which was due. As well as the humour in the script there were visual jokes hidden in a beautiful crafted world, typically DeadPool broke the 4th wall with the character as well his surroundings talking to the audience. There were jokes and nods to the previous Deadpool character to feature a the below par “X-Men Origins – Wolverine” movie like the action figure and the suggestion of sewing Wilson’s mouth shut; a “Green Lantern” (another role played by Reynolds) card was seen and Wilson even begs not to get a green or animated suit while being treated by the Weapon X programme; talking to the camera DeadPool refers to the previous X-Men films and asks Colossus if Stewart or McAvoy was the current professor at the institute; and at one point the merc even breaks the 16th wall by talking to the audience in a flashback already talking to the audience – typical DeadPool insanity. If you are familiar with DeadPool you’ll already be aware of him constantly breaking the 4th wall, and you’ll no doubt be aware that he got his “Merc with a Mouth” nickname due to his constant talking and wise cracking. The film portrays that really well without ever getting confusing or boring. Sometimes the joke may not land but that’s OK, it’s DeadPool and he can’t help himself. The minor negatives in the film for me, and let me be clear, these are teeny tiny negatives and didn’t ruin the film for me; were Colossus and Ajax. I could have happily seen a different X-Man rather than the metal Russian. I imagine the CGI to create Colossus wasn’t easy and maybe a simpler character could have fitted the film better – although the ‘fight’ scene with DeadPool on the bridge was really amusing. Ajax was a little forgettable and judging by the villains that DeadPool has fought in the comic’s film-makers could have opted for somebody else – but then it wouldn’t necessarily be an origins based film.
I enjoyed this although I didn’t think the film was as bat sh*t crazy as it could have been, it actually had as much of a heart as it did blood shed. I enjoyed it more than other movies in the Marvel Universe. The film doesn’t take itself seriously and in doing so has a great mix of emotions at different times. Combine that with great action and you have a top notch film that’s well worthy of a 9 out of 10 from me. I was more content than I thought I would be being an established fan and an over critical one at that. If you want a crude rude hard paced film with lots of bloodshed action but with a soft romantic side step up and buy a ticket. In fact buy two or three tickets to help fund a follow up movie which might have Cable and or Nick Fury in it!!!