Director: Tim Miller
Runtime: 108 minutes
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, et al…
Plot (taken from IMDb): A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool.
Deadpool eschews the typical Marvel format for something much more insane. This is a fourth-wall breaking, rude, crude romantic comedy about a douche turned super hero. The gross-out comedy will put many people off, but for me it made for a refreshing, exciting Super Hero in a genre dominated by cookie-cutter plots and characters.
I don’t know if Deadpool fits into any of Marvel’s ‘phases’, but it doesn’t half mock it all. References are thrown around like nobody’s business, but for comedic effect. Deadpool is a comic book fan, he knows what he’s talking about, and if you know just a little bit about comic books, you’re sure to laugh at a decent number of the film’s jokes. Deadpool isn’t just in-jokes about comic books though, so don’t worry if you’ve never heard of Wolverine. Deadpool is one big joke. It pokes fun at so many things, from Super Heroes to Ryan Reynolds’ acting chops. It’s so meta it hurts.
The comedy comes thick and fast, using the “throw so much at the audience, something will stick” technique. There are misfires, sure, but you’ll be laughing too much to notice them. The first two acts of the movie move so fast that at times it’s hard to keep up with all the nonsense. It’s a hell of a ride. Bullets fly, blood spurts out of several gaping wounds, but Deadpool will always make time for the audience. Some find fourth-wall breaking asinine, but I have always enjoyed it. Deadpool is effortlessly enjoyable for a good chunk of its (unbloated) runtime.
Reynolds is incredibly likeable as Wade and Deadpool, despite his cockiness. Reynolds wanted to repay fans of Deadpool with his own standalone movie after the shambles of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He fought tooth and nail to give the fans the violent, crazy film Deadpool needed. You can tell he was passionate about the project, with a love for the character. Reynolds makes the film. I don’t think another actor could’ve pulled the character off in the same way. This isn’t to say that the rest of the cast is poor however.
Deadpool is a romantic comedy (yep), and the leading man is only as good as the leading lady. Morena Baccarin gives the film a decent amount of romantic weight as Vanessa. She holds the plot together just as much as Ajax. Ed Skrein plays the big bad, Ajax, well. He’s more than a match for the relentless, super bad-ass Deadpool. A Super Hero movie is only as good as its villain, and Ajax is solid. Minor characters, however, drag the film down.
Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Angel Dust (Gina Carano) add nothing of any worth to the film. At times they actively get in the way of the movie. Deadpool’s personal vendetta against Ajax didn’t need any side characters or smaller side plots alongside it. These unnecessary bonus characters simply didn’t need to be in the film. It would’ve been better off without them. Just like it would’ve been better off never getting at all serious.
As I said earlier, the first two acts of the movie are effortlessly enjoyable. The final act? Not so much. When the jokes dry up, dodgy CGI and boring plot take the limelight. It loses impetus and oh so much pace. It dries up worse than the Sahara when it starts to take itself seriously, missing its own point in the process. Oh well. At least that’s only in its final act.
Deadpool is hilarious, vulgar and a hell of a lot of fun, until a point. It slows down and takes itself seriously the longer it goes on, ruining what would otherwise be an incredibly easy recommendation just enough.