Film Review: 'Deadpool'
Ryan Reynolds is Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool. Photo Credit: Joe Lederer - TM & © 2015 Marvel & Subs. TM and © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.
Tim Miller's directorial debut, Deadpool, will slap you in the face with unrelenting tongue-in-cheek raunchiness, pop culture references and samurai-like violence. The Tarantino level of combative action, along with a Van Wilder-esque performance from Ryan Reynolds as the sarcastic Wade Wilson/Deadpool, is the perfect recipe for "non-superhero" fun.
The film is told in a nonlinear order. The audience is first thrown into the action of what we're told by our narrator, Deadpool, who constantly and consistently breaks the fourth wall to talk to us and fill us in. He even addresses the fact that he is breaking the fourth wall, in so creating from the very beginning of the film, a very meta world where Deadpool acknowledges much of what we all know is going on in our real world. He even mentions Ryan Reynolds himself.
Although thrown into the action, Deadpool does pause so that we can catch up on background information, telling us his story of love and then a bit later, revenge. Much like other superhero films, Marvel presents a character that ends up between a rock and a hard place in terms of making difficult decisions.
Wade is happy and in love with his kinky, sweet, financially struggling girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), who much like himself, is sarcastic in humor. When he is diagnosed with cancer he plans to leave Vanessa so that she can remember him as himself, instead of sick and dying, weak in a hospital bed. A mysterious salesman arrives at Wade's regular bar, who happens to know about his diagnosis, and offers him another solution, saying that he knows of a treatment that can cure Wade's cancer. At first, Wade refuses, but then decides to go ahead with the strange offer.
Deadpool comic book fans might already know all of this, but that's just a side step we take in this very visceral retelling of Deadpool's past. We feel like he's our buddy, our pal. By the mere way of using this method of storytelling, we are more connected to our anti-hero, and therefore more invested in his plight.
Upon arrival to treatment, Wade meets a doctor who will supposedly help cure his disease, but what he ends up finding out is that his doctor, Ajax (Ed Skrein), only plans on seeing if Wade will survive various types of torture. This is how the special serum given to Wade activates and then proceeds to not only kill his cancer, but make it so he has uncanny healing powers. Ajax himself has taken the serum and seems all but fine, but everyone's body reacts differently.
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool relaxes before leaping into battle. Photo Credit: Joe Lederer - TM & © 2015 Marvel & Subs. TM and © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Not for sale or duplication.
Marvel is exercising a great strategy by utilizing this film to focus on a side character from the X-Men films, who may become an additional character to other sequels in the Marvel collection. Deadpool even comments that the budget was so low for this particular film that the studio could only afford two X-Men. Subsequently, we only meet Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). They aren't happy that Deadpool is using his powers for revenge, even though they are on his side. They preach what they hope Deadpool will become and it's exactly what he resists. He doesn't want to be a superhero, which gives everyone who is on board for the next film, a heads up to his attitude of defiance.
The film supplies a great combination of raunchy humor, of which Reynolds is the perfect casting choice, and fast-paced action sequences of extreme violence. Deadpool is definitely worth seeing, especially if you are a long-time fan of the character, or finally wish to see an out-of-the-ordinary stance on heroism.