Movie Review: Deadpool

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After I went to see Deadpool, I told a friend of mine that Deadpool is the inappropriate joke that I both wanted to tell and be. For a long time, there was a question of if this movie was ever going to be made. The test footage that was leaked in 2014 had fans like myself in a frenzy to hold on to hope that there was still a chance. When the movie initially got green lit, many people questioned if the movie would hold true to the very gritty and vulgar nature of the comic. Deadpool not only makes good on both of those themes, but it’s a welcome addition in a 2016 superhero movie slate that is going to get darker and less humorous by the looks of it.

The seeds for Ryan Reynolds’s portrayal of Wade Wilson was initially planned in the so-so 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie. The reason why Deadpool works so well is because it looks like Reynolds is just playing an extension of himself. A duo of wit and sarcasm worked extremely well even in the most dire moments of the movie. I can understand why Reynolds faught so hard to get this movie made because I cannot see anyone else play this character but him. Weasel (T.J. Miller) serves as the perfect “sidekick” to Wilson often bouncing the risque jokes off each other that you and your friends have in group texts.

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Plot-wise, the movie is a straightforward origin story with a Deadpool-esque twist. What caught me by surprise were the heavy moments of the movie as one would initially think that we would see Wade Wilson carry out his zany and violent executions (those were marvelous). There’s a romantic sub-plot with Wilson’s girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) that helps elevate the dire circumstances of Wilson’s cancer diagnosis. Our main character has to escape the grasp out of death’s hands for the one he loves and deal with the consequences of those choices. From first glance, you would not think that Deadpool has that type of range, but it’s a welcome element to really care about Wade Wilson in addition to being Marvel’s court jester.

There’s a nice little X-Men tie in with the inclusion on Colossus (Stefan Kapičić) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). I’m glad that I saw the X-Men universe was present, but even in that, this is still a Deadpool movie. The movie doesn’t have to change it’s themes to fit into the box that was already made in previous movies within Fox’s realm.  Ed Skrein (Ajax) and  Angel Dust (Gina Carano) as serviceable as the super villain team. The dynamic between Ajax and Deadpool works, but I feel that the personality of Deadpool would overshadow any non well known villain. Perhaps in the sequel or the much talked about X-Force movie, we’ll see a bigger bad guy.

Anybody or any studio that had any hesitation of an “R” rated superhero movie will look at the impending success of Deadpool and reconsider any preconceived notion that they might have. Director Tim Miller stayed very loyal to the source material which included blood, guts, and breaking of the 4th wall. In his first directing job (who knew?). it’s a champion for even the most far fetched comic book movies to be made. Can we get a proper Tank Girl movie? How about an even better Punisher movie? Everything is on the table with all the Chimichangas in the world.