I'm most likely going to receive a lot of heat about this article, but I'm willing to take the risk. I thought Deadpool was hyped up for no reason. Don't get me wrong - I was one of the moviegoers this past weekend that assisted the film in grossing $135 million during its opening weekend. Although I enjoyed the movie and thought it was funny and entertaining, was it one of my favorite comic book superhero movies? No. Hear me out below. Warning: a few possible spoilers ahead.
I don't care if a movie is rated PG-13 or given a hard red-letter R. What I care about is story. Ultimately for me, Deadpool was nothing more than a "boy-meets-girl" love story with tons of killing in-between. In one of the scenes that breaks the fourth wall, Deadpool/Wade Wilson admits that the film is nothing more than a love story. What I can't shake off is that Deadpool felt the need to fix his face and body back to normal in order to reveal himself to his girlfriend, Vanessa. If I were Deadpool, I'd return to her immediately for the sake of not losing time with someone I love. I understand though - there needs to be a motivational factor for the main character to kill everyone in sight in order to get the bad guy of the movie and to regain his girlfriend's love. But what about the fact that Vanessa didn't know what happened to Deadpool while he was gone or the idea of "love is love"? It's one of my biggest qualms about the movie.
Action scenes are pretty high up on my list of reasons why I love a movie but I wasn't too satisfied with the fight scenes in Deadpool. I've seen better in other movies and TV series like Daredevil. I had this dreaded feeling in Deadpool that I've seen some of the action before. For example, in the film's early gun battles, I kept thinking of Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy in Wanted. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but I wasn't too impressed. It's possible I had high expectations coming into this film with all the hype that surrounded Deadpool.
I think the problem I had with the film was all the hype that was surrounding it. I agree the marketing was pretty good with all the different teasers that came out prior to the film's release. "Oh joy, an R-rated superhero film!" But we've had R-rated comic book adaptations before: Watchmen, Kick-Ass, Blade, Sin City just to name a few. What makes Deadpool so special? Am I missing the point here? I think this movie was just another example of "Don't believe the hype!"
Tell me, readers: What am I missing from this movie? Do you agree or disagree with me? Let me know in the comments below!