Seeing Deadpool was like getting kicked in the head really hard by Fox, only to go through a fever dream of a coma, coming out on the other end with Fox associates standing over my hospital bed, asking "Well?" in a sort of sorry we did this, but actually, no we're not kind of way. Thanks Fox. I didn't mind.
The movie doubles down on it's hard R approach, throwing graphic violence, full-frontal nudity, and as plenty of F-bombs to thoroughly satisfy the standard hormone-driven 15 year old to the extent that they may or may not feel slightly naughty for indulging. I didn't in the slightest. This movie was pretty kick-ass.
Here's the thing about comedy in a superhero movie for me; if it fits to what is going on in the film, then by all means use it! However, if you're just squeezing in jokes throughout just to make people laugh, damaging the sense of urgency and the level of stakes being presented in association with the main villain/threat (you know what movies I'm talking about) then you just effectively castrate that level of threat, which is detrimental to the movie's impact. With Deadpool, the consistency of the humor and gags works perfectly, because in fact, that is the character Deadpool. Fourth walls are shattered and jokes fly, even when Wade Wilson is in dire straits. However, as I stated before, that is in the character's inherent nature, so it fits just fine in this film. And the movie drops the hammer on those stakes and their consequences, just in case you forgot they were there when Wade decides to start up the silly name-calling.
Ryan Reynolds embodies the character. Reynolds is not playing Deadpool, Reynolds is Deadpool. That alone, gives the movie some levity as you definitely feel you are watching the character come to life on the screen, something a few of us may have been aware of before even needing to see the movie after the cleverly executed marketing plan Fox employed.
Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, Wade Wilson's love interest, was charming, creepy and just downright crazy, but in a lovable sense, not in a "you crazy, yet somehow attractive hot mess" sense like that of Harley Quinn. The romantic side of the Deadpool story, something that was hinted at in one of the movie's humorous promo images…
…was less a love story and more of a twist on the whole Sid and Nancy type of relationship, minus the drugs and 1970s punk rock attire. Wade and Vanessa meet in a mercenaries-only bar, so there's your setup for that zany coupling.
Now let's get onto the villain in Ed Skrein as Ajax, before we reach what was possibly my favorite duo of the movie. Ajax, unlike many comic book movie villains, was actually quite terrifying and undoubtedly medieval in his brutality. Granted, I guess that's the kind of villain you get in an R-rated superhero movie. Working under a shadowy agency, which hopes to cause regular people to mutate under extreme, physical and psychological conditions, Ajax is the mad scientist who not only prides himself on his work, but also seems to enjoy just a little too much. Wade realizes his desperate act of attempting to cure his terminal cancer, probably wasn't the best decision. In conclusion however, it gives us our much-anticipated live action debut of the smart-mouthed lone wolf of the X-Men universe. Speaking of X-Men, lets talk about their involvement in the movie.
Well, when I say involvement, I mean that lightly. Like, only two of them getting involved I mean. In Brianna Hildebrand and Stefan Kapicic, we get Negasonic Teenage Warhead (whew) and Colossus, respectively. These two were involved in my favorite parts of the movie. They're presence in a sense, sort of pulls you back into the fact that they are indeed operating in a shared universe of Fox's mutant-filled world. Without their participation, I feel this movie would be in the stratosphere without the acknowledgment of some aspect that can keep it grounded, the atmosphere of the film being so dark and trippy, as if we are all trapped in some synapse of Wade's cartoonish-ly devious mind.
The aforementioned qualities however, really worked for Deadpool's world, especially in the action, which is flat-out, no-holds-barred. Too many hyphens? Yeah, the action description needed them. The fight scenes in this movie were fantastic! Deadpool whips through his enemies with the finesse of a praying mantis and the brutality of a wolverine (self-appeasing snort). Some of my favorite action scenes involved Colossus going toe-to-toe with Angel Dust, Gina Carano's villainous right-hand-woman to Ajax. The violence is real and palpable in Deadpool, showing that no matter the strength and fortitude of these larger than life characters, they can indeed get seriously injured (with exception to the title character, of course) and very easily die if they are fighting with the stakes risen, given the chance.
Honestly, my first viewing was a lot to take in all at once; an unfortunate occurrence I mean to remedy with another showing this weekend.
Overall, I can only say to go see this movie. It was a great start to what is shaping up to be an amazing year for comic book movie fans.
What did you think of Deadpool? Let us know in the comments!
- Josh Doherty