Movie Review: Deadpool is everything we wanted it to be
Director: Tim Miller
Writers: Rhett Reese (screenplay), Paul Wernick (screenplay)
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller
Synopsis: A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool.
This is a spoiler free review, as I do not want to get on Deadpool’s bad side. Deadpool is a perfect example of giving the fans what they want, with excellent marketing and, of course, a dedicated actor. I personally am not a Deadpool fan. I prefer Deathstroke, but there is no mistake that Deadpool transitions perfectly onto the big screen. Everything from breaking the fourth wall, to his talkative nature and his use of no-filter, it’s all prevalent in Deadpool. And for a comic fan, I wanted to cry because this was a live-action comic book. Before this, I was not a fan of Ryan Reynolds, however, this guy is Deadpool through and through. He absolutely owns this character. As you know, test footage for this movie “leaked” several years ago and once it did, the internet went crazy. Thankfully the studios answered because the ensuing results is a win-win for everybody.
Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) one day meets a beautiful woman named, Vanessa Carlysle ( Morena Baccarin) and the pair’s relationship moves as quickly as a woman winning an argument. One night he collapses and it is later revealed that he is diagnosed with cancer. Wade Wilson is devastated, and in order to not hurt the love of his life, he makes the decision to undergo an experiment to cure his cancer by the lovely Francis Freeman (Ed Skrein). The experiment has adverse side effects and Wade Wilson transforms into the lovable Deadpool, to get his true love back.
The script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick has lots of jokes in reference to Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern in addition to his past Deadpool movie variant. The fact that this movie does not take itself seriously is part of the fun and from the opening credits to close there are jokes galore. Most superhero movies start off with the character before they become a hero with the eventual turn in the second half, as they become the titular hero. Director Tim Miller does not take that approach with Deadpool, and let’s be honest, I am sure Deadpool would not have allowed more screen time to Wade Wilson. The film is structured as best as a Deadpool movie can be, with a nice mix of side characters such as Colossus (Stefan Kapičić) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand).
Deadpool is a very hard R, so if you know nothing about this character, I would suggest not bringing little children to this movie. This is not a Spider-Man movie. Deadpool is a must-see movie and has set the standard for comic-book films for 2016. Batman vs Superman you are on deck.