Director: Tim Miller
Writers: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, & Ed Skrein
Basic Gist: A mercenary is diagnosed with cancer and undergoes a radical treatment that sets him on a path of insanity and revenge.
Review By Mike DeAngelo:
Deadpool is the movie that fans were sure they’d never see after 20th Century Fox basically crapped all over their dreams with that abomination of a “Deadpool” character in 2009’s abysmal X-Men Origins: Wolverine (See? I don’t like every superhero movie I watch). Yet, if you haven’t heard of the actual Deadpool character, and are just going to this movie because it’s another Marvel comic being adapted for the big screen, you may be in for one hell of a rude awakening.
Even in the comic book world, Deadpool is entirely his own thing. Known by many as “The Merc with a Mouth,” he is by far the filthiest, most gleefully immature, R rated, 4th wall breaking, chimichanga devouring superhero under the Marvel comics umbrella. He’s the redheaded stepchild of the X-Men universe that drives literally every Marvel character nuts with his constant motor-mouthed quips and general insanity. He’s even killed many of the Marvel universe’s most famous heroes and villains at this point.
A true adaptation of the character would include lots of offensive language, blood, sex, and mayhem – to my surprise, Fox (the studio known for royally messing up their comic book franchises: see any Marvel film they’ve made outside of the X-Men universe, and even some within it) actually got out of their own way, realized what fans wanted, and allowed this to happen.
With that said, parents – do not take your young children to this movie expecting The Avengers. It is not made for them. This movie is for adults, period. Yes, those “adults” are very immature and still giggle at every reference to poopy (lol), wieners (LOL), or boobies (LLLLLOOOOLLLLL) – but, they have earned the right to do so…by not growing up despite their age. So, basically, I am their target audience. I’m thirty years old, still read comic books, love immature humor, and violent action movies. Deadpool is my perfect storm.
Without getting into the plot details (if you’ve read anything else on this site you know that I hate reviews that go through the plot scene by scene – I’ll never do that to you), let’s get down to business. Ryan Reynolds spent eleven years trying to get this movie made, and it’s clear why he did – he was born to play the character. Heck, the comics even cast him in the role way back in the day. He’s got the perfect amount of charm and little brother level annoying-ness to him to properly encapsulate all that is Deadpool. I doubt you’ll hear anything different in any other reviews of this film. Ryan Reynolds is to Deadpool what Robert Downey Jr. is to Iron Man.
The rest of the cast works fairly well with what they’re given. The only problem is they’re given very little to do within the confines of a lower budgeted superhero origin story that sticks mostly with the main character. Despite the lack of screen-time, there are still some standouts: TJ Miller as Weasel, Karan Soni as Deadpool’s trusty cab driving pal, Dopinder, and Brianna Hildebrand as the obscure X-Men character, Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Morena Baccarin (as Deadpool’s lady, Vanessa) also does very well holding her own with Reynolds in every scene that they share, and is a bit of a badass in her own right.
The writing and direction were also dead on (no pun intended…perhaps). Tim Miller, Rhett Reese, & Paul Wernick clearly understand what makes this character great and are not afraid to really get filthy, as needed. Even more impressive is that this is Tim Miller’s first film as a director. Coming from the world of visual effects, he clearly understands how to make action fun, visceral, and cost effective. Let’s not forget that this movie cost a whole hell of a lot less than any other superhero movie that’s come out in recent years, and, for the most part, you can barely tell. It sure as hell looks better than this year’s most famous superhero train wreck, Fantastic 4.
The only thing that keeps it from perfection is the adherence to basic origin story structure, mediocre villains, and general run-time. I know some felt it was long, but I feel you could have easily stretched the runtime out from 108 minutes to a full two hours. At the very least, it would have allowed them to flesh out the secondary characters and villains a bit more.
Regardless of those minor nitpicks, it’s still one of the better superhero origin story films – and it’s most definitely the funniest. It’s also fast-paced, surprisingly heartfelt, and features some really fun action scenes. I very much look forward to re-watching it again and again, and would recommend it to anyone who likes filthy action-comedies. If you don’t like those types of movies, I’m very sorry, and consider this your warning.
BRING ON THE SEQUEL!!! (Make sure to stay for an after credits tease about that…)
OVERALL RATING: 8.5/10 Chimichangas