Deadpool is the latest film added to the age of cinematic superheroes, and one of the rare additions to the list of R rated superhero movies such as The Watchmen and the Blade trilogy.
This movie was quite the undertaking for its developers as Deadpool is not an ordinary superhero. He is sarcastic, childish, vulgar and over-dramatic. With an R-rating, the developers did not have to hold back and were able to create a Deadpool that was true to the character from the comic books.
In the film, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) was a comedic mercenary whose life had just begun to work out for him. He even met the girl of his dreams, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin).
However, things take a turn for the worst as Wade is diagnosed with terminal cancer. In a desperate attempt to save his life, Wade undergoes a shady procedure which gave him the ability to heal at an accelerated rate but also turned him into a walking tumor as the cancer cells in his body regenerated rapidly as well. With his new found immortality, Wade takes on the identity of Deadpool.
Ryan Reynolds doesn’t hold back as he gives us the Deadpool performance he wanted to do back in X-men Origins: Wolverine when he first played the merc with the mouth. Reynolds was not the only part of the movie worthy of praise. The movie was filled with intense action sequences and amazing special effects that never felt like they were overwhelming or green-screened. Mix these with a script full of one liners and jokes at the expense of the very people who made the film, and Deadpool is a movie that most people can’t help but enjoy.
That being said, I feel that Deadpool is a movie best suited for those who enjoy the ridiculousness that is found in the comic books or those who want a superhero movie that deviates from the formula that all of Marvel’s movies seem to have fallen into.
Before watching the movie, it may be worth trying out some of the Deadpool comic books to see if you really like the character and his storyline. Otherwise, you may not be able to fully appreciate the concept of the film and your opinion of it may be based more off of your opinion of Deadpool the character, rather than the film itself.
-Andrew Von Lukawiecki