Looks like all my doubts have been put to rest.
Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds and Morena Baccarin as his love interest and tells the story of Wade Wilson who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and he decides to join a mutant program run by Ajax, the big baddie. Through a turn of events, he turns into Deadpool and when his worst enemy kidnaps his best girl, it's time for him to become a f***ing superhero.
I'm going to say it straight up: this movie was excellent. Not only is the character of Deadpool handled perfectly but Ryan Reynolds plays this role to a T. He brings the great comedic timing and vulgarity but also nuanced emotion because throughout the film, there is emotion at the core that is his primary motivation. Even though there are many instances of "breaking the fourth-wall" that threaten to take one out of the movie, the movie is still able to balance this with genuinely well-directed drama and freshly handled romance.
Freshness is perhaps the greatest compliment I can give this movie. Throughout these past few years, with the barrage of MCU movies, I have grown fatigued with what I call the "MCU formula" that in fact has created its own set of superhero movie cliches. Not only does Deadpool subvert these cliches, but makes fun of them in smartly written humor. Using Deadpool's penchant for self-referential jokes to lampoon superhero movie (and Hollywood movie conventions for that matter) was absolutely brilliant. Another great decision was the choice to have Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead in the movie, as their comedic banter with Deadpool is fantastic. Almost every single joke in this movie hits. And this movie is definitely a hard-R, with a barrage of bloody, Tarantino-esque violence, full nudity, and incessantly crass language. Also, I was honestly surprised at how confident Tim Miller's direction was, despite being a first time director. I have to commend him and his team of producers, writers, and the actors for bringing this project into fruition, amongst the barrage of "family friendly, PG-13 superhero movies." Along with the freshness, this movie was extremely fast-paced, and by the end, I found myself wanting more, which is a good sign!
The only real complaint is that Ajax/Francis/British Villain played by Ed Skrein is your standard baddie and his motivations are very superficial, but to be completely honest, with the entertainment value and the smartness of the movie, this proves to be a very minor complaint, where in other superhero movies (like Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron) it would have been a major complaint.
Deadpool is everything a Deadpool movie should be, and then some and is easily in my top 5 favorite comic book movies of all time. With the news that Deadpool has already grossed $260 million worldwide, I hope this encourages more studios to make R-rated superhero flicks. Pat yourself on the back, Fox, you have officially restored my faith in you, especially after Fantastic Four. Deadpool has set a huge bar for the rest of the comic-book movies coming out in 2016.
4.5 stars out of 5