After years of waiting and tons of fan protest we finally have a proper Deadpool movie. One that isn’t afraid of giving the merc a mouth or of having a rating that shuns a large audience. This movie has ticked off pretty much every box needed to make a Deadpool movie but does that make it any good?
The film starts off with an opening credits sequence that immediately tells you what you’re in for. With credits that poke fun of the people who made the movie while throwing in a few sight gags and easter eggs. From there everything kicks off with an action scene that basically follows the original test footage beat for beat.
Deadpool is the story of Wade Wilson, a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary who is subjected to a program designed to give him mutant powers after getting diagnosed with terminal cancer. He gets his powers and then goes off for revenge on the man who experimented and disfigured him. The plot is pretty straight forward and standard but it’s pushed forward by it’s humour and cast.
Without it’s title character, Deadpool is not even worth reviewing as a movie. But true to the comics, the merc with a mouth is funny, likeable and psychotic. He cracks jokes with almost every line he delivers and breaks the fourth wall regularly. Ryan Reynolds kills it as Deadpool. In pretty much every piece of marketing or interview leading up to the film, it seemed like he really cared about the character and wanted to do him right. And that really shows in the final product. I’m not sure who else could’ve done it the way he did it and the voice he used actually reminded me a lot of Nolan North. The voice actor who’s done the character in pretty much every video game or cartoon that has come out in the last few years.
Pretty much every character here either has something funny to say or is poked fun at by Deadpool. Which is great since without the comedy there’s not much interesting about any of them. The villain is pretty boring and you’ll probably forget about him ten minutes after leaving the theatre. Although he is given a few funny scenes including being the target of one of Deadpool’s funniest lines. Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead tie this film to the greater X-Men universe and I’d definitely like to see more of them in the future.
The comedy in Deadpool is probably it’s biggest strength, it’s crass, unhinged and at times immature but it never felt out of place. I wasn’t laughing out loud during the movie nor was I chuckling at every joke. But there were still enough funny moments and dialogue exchanges to keep a smile on my face throughout the hour and forty minute runtime. If you’re a fan of the humour portrayed in the comics you’ll surely be giggling hard. But if you’re like me and don’t find Deadpool comics particularly hilarious then don’t expect too much.
A few other reviews have called out Deadpool for only having a few good action scenes. But for me that wasn’t a problem. All the action was fast and frenetic and they were spiced up with the craziness of Deadpool himself. Some of the CGI in the action scenes seemed a bit off though. But seeing as the movie was made on a tight budget, what they ended up with is pretty amazing.
Looking back on the film it would’ve been cool to get some of the more wacky ideas that Deadpool is associated with. Here they kept it mainly grounded which makes sense since their introducing him to the general public. But in a sequel I’d love to see the world through Deadpool’s eyes and maybe get some more insane and creative situations to put him in.
As far as it’s rating goes you probably shouldn’t go watch this with your kids (although I saw it with my dad). There’s some nudity, swears and gore but it’s nothing too hardcore. Hopefully this opens the door for more R rated comic book movies and gives studios a reason to take risks with the superhero genre and not just do the same things over and over again.
I think that without a doubt, I can say that this is the Deadpool movie we were all dreaming of getting. It has it’s problems and the comedy didn’t always have me laughing but the entire ride was entertaining and enjoyable while it lasted. And I can’t wait to see where they take all of this next.
Deadpool Is A Great Movie
By the way, stay until the very end if you want to see the film’s final gag as well as a tease for the future.