By: Kyle Swirbliss
For comic book movie lovers and Marvel/Deadpool fans, February 12th couldn’t have come fast enough. An aggressive ad campaign was from 20th Century Fox unleashed a veritable bombardment of ads, clips, and film promotion during the months leading up to the characters live action “R” rated debut, which left the die-hard fans and the casual movie-goer alike wondering what kind of film this would be.
Revisiting the character audiences were briefly introduced to in 2009, Deadpool aimed to rectify the mistakes made in X-Men Origins. Promising a “super” tale unlike that which we have become accustomed to, and also able to quench the incessant thirst of the fanboys.
From start to finish Ryan Reynolds performance as Wade Wilson, and his alter ego Deadpool was phenomenal. His charisma and understanding of the character made him an impressive lead and a convincing “Merc with a mouth”. With an “R” rating attached to the film, the jokes and the humor were able to get away with more than most other comic book movies. And though R rated comic book movies tend not to do so well at the box office, audiences may not have been able to have tolerated a PG-13 adaptation of a character that has always been adult oriented in nature.
Reynold’s high energy and enthusiasm for the role made his performance fun to watch and made up for some of the jokes that didn’t land. Supporting characters such as Wade’s best gal Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), his quirky and loveable roommate Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), and his longtime pal Weasel (T.J Miller) all gave stellar performances, keeping up as the plot leaped forward.
The main arc was your average rescue/revenge tale but with more vulgarity, gunfire, and gratuitous cameos than a film with the Marvel Studios name brandished across it would normally have. The action and special effects were a pleasure to watch and were balanced nicely with some noteworthy moments of poignancy adding some depth keeping Wilson from becoming a one dimensional protagonist.
The film was not shy about using Deadpool’s sense of humor and 4th wall breaks to mock the archetypes often, even playing off of the campiness of the comic book genre. While this generally worked in the favor of the film, it was still apparent the script relied on that same genericism the cast had made fun of all throughout. Even Angel and Ajax (The British Villain) felt at times like they were simply throw away villains like those of past X-Men and Marvel franchises. In contrast to this, the X-Men duo Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead brought back the familiar choreographed cgi action from the X-Men series, giving some balance between the seriousness of their team dynamic and the zaniness of Deadpool.
The film overall was a well done adaptation of the character and his origin story. Despite the few rushed sequences and general campiness of the film, Deadpool proved to be a fresh, exciting, and hilarious superhero film giving a new take on a familiar genre worthy of the attention it received.