The film that no studio wanted to make turns out to be the film that everyone wanted to see as Deadpool exploded into cinema over the Valentine Day weekend. It’s now broken some box office records, which considering it was made on a comparitively smaller budget than most superhero movies is even more impressive. So the ultra violent, meta-joking anti-hero is winning fans all over, but can it break the fourth wall and into my heart?
Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a mercenary in New York who suddenly finds out he has terminal cancer. Hoping an experiement can cure him he is instead subjected to torture and, eventually new super powers. However he is horribly scarred all over and his mental wellbeing is slightly off. So Wade decides to suit up and hunt down the man who did this to him for revenge.
What’s striking about Deadpool is that it’s obviously made by people who love and respect the source material. Leading man Reynolds has spent over a decade trying to get this movie made and that determination pays off here. Deadpool is as violent, funny and outrageous as I hoped it would be. I can’t say I’ve read a Deadpool comic but my friend who is a devoted fan has said the movie is pretty faithful to the spirit of Deadpool. Director Tim Miller has not bowed to any pressure to make it a more traditional superhero film and the result is a fun filled, extreamly bloody movie filled with plenty of nudity and swearing. Maybe not one to take your Avengers’ loving small children to.
In the amusing opening credit the cast is listed under such names as ‘Some Hot Chick’ and ‘A CGI character’ rather than their real names. While they may be listed under their cliches all the cast are in on the game. Reynolds is pefect in the role and looks like he is having a riot playing Wade/Deadpool. He’s perfectly matched by Morena Baccarin a his love interest Vanessa whose almost as foul mouthed and outragous as he is. I also enjoed the two X-Men we get to see Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and especially, Negosonic Teenage Warhead(Brianna Hilderbrand). Meanwhile the writers are credited as the true heroes. It would be hard to argue with that assessment as they bring so many fresh ideas and jokes while making the characters, especially Deadpool, ones to root for and root against.
The only negative I can think of is that the plot is rather formualic, but when it’s told in such an original way who cares right?
Rating 4/5 – a hilarious and violent alternative to your usual Marvel movies