Former Special Forces Soldier Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) beats up bad guys for living, but at a price. Later, his life is forever changed when he meets a woman who will become the love of his life, Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarin). The pair enjoy their relationship for an entire year until Wade is told he has late-stage cancer that has already spread to his lungs, liver, prostate, and brain. Wade doesn't want Vanessa to watch him suffer until likely death, so Wade then agrees to be part of a mutant experimental procedure, and is told his cancer will disappear if this experiment works.
Looking after Wilson while he is getting his treatment are Ajax (Ed Skrein) and Angel Dust (Gina Carano), who were former patients at the facility, and are now in charge of producing superhuman slaves and inflicting pain on any subject going through the procedures. Ajax, who is frustrated with Wilson's sense of humor and multiple failed attempts at unlocking his mutant abilities, uses his last straw and succeeds in unlocking Wilson's mutant powers. Wilson may now have superpowers, but is disfigured in the process. Wilson, now afraid of what Vanessa will think of this mutant powers and his hideous look, becomes Deadpool and seeks to find the maniac Ajax and force him to undo what he did to him.
After years in development hell, and after the movie that should be long forgotten (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), where Reynolds as Deadpool first made it to the big screen, Deadpool's solo act was officially green lit thanks to the test footage leaked years before. The footage was helmed by Deadpool director Tim Miller. The result was everything fans could have hoped for. The film took everything that is loved from the source martial, and stamped it onto the film giving the audience funny, non-stop action.
Formulaic superhero origin stories have been a staple in Hollywood film for quite some time. Hollywood studios want to step away from that, but Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick created an original origin story that may change the formula for superhero stories of their own. Deadpool is known for breaking the fourth wall countless of times in the comics, and here in the film Deadpool gives us perfect and hilarious fourth wall breaks throughout the film from mentioning pop-culture references and poking of the studio who distributed the movie. Deadpool switches from a drama to a comedy perfectly when cracking jokes after his cancer diagnosis to discovering how disfigured he looks after the procedure. The fight sequences are not as special as fans would think coming in to see the film, but are entertaining to say the least. Rather than release the film to a larger audience with a PG-13 rating, the R-Rated rating gives Deadpool freedom to be the Merc with a mouth character fans always wanted.
The film has amazing direction from first time director Tim Miller, and great writing from Wernick and Reese. The exciting action choreography is the best kind seen this year. Miller, Reese and Wernick felt passionate about doing justice to this beloved character and it is shown throughout the film. The cast and crew did everything they could with a $58 million dollar budget and brought out the best. Ryan Reynolds, who is the biggest part to this film's success, behind and in front of the screen, never found a suitable superhero movie despite bouncing around film like Blade Trinity, R.I.P.D., X-Men Origins: Wolverine, to his solo lead role, Green Lantern. It was amazing to see Reynolds poke fun, not just at himself, but at his past superhero roles as well.
The supporting roles are great helping Deadpool with the comedic and dramatic part of the film but also are some of the lows within the film too. The film is known for being different and original but feature Ajax and Angel Dust as the simple, one-note bad guys Deadpool has to find and beat. The film doesn't go deep enough on developing the two villains for the audience to really hate them. The two strong supporting characters are Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and his fellow X-Men trainee, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). Both are hilarious when mached with Deadpool and bring dramatic tension to the film. This film tired to go deeper in expanding the X-Universe with the two X-Men characters in the movie, but it didn't seem to find time due to the fact that Deadpool is the main subject.
Weasel (T.J. Miller) and Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) both have limited roles in the film but are great as the side kicks that they are in the comic books. The film does a terrific job developing Wilson and Vanessa's love for each other and gives Baccarin more of a strong female character to deal with. This film truly promised fans that this will be a love story and it sure fit well with its Valentine's weekend release. The relationship between Wilson and Carlysle is the most original superhero film relationship in a long time.
Deadpool succeeds on giving fans a clever change of pace in the superhero movie genre. Miller, Wernick, and Reese also put up plenty of fourth wall-breaking goodness for longtime Deadpool fans. There are plenty of Easter Eggs and references to comic book and pop culture to find. All mutant characters uses their powers perfectly and give audiences edge of your seat action sequences. This film isn't for everyone, and sensitive viewers might try to put this film down but Deadpool needed to embrace it's R-Rated self to do justice to the comic books. Tim Miller and Co. brought everything from Deadpool's source material and put it out to the world to see (except China) and fans will love it all. Deadpool isn't the best superhero film but the best interpretation of the Merc with a Mouth on the big screen.
My Rating: B