Ah, Deadpool. A movie about love, tragedy, heartbreak, and one man’s quest to fight for his beloved in a tale of jealousy and rivalry, as Ryan Reynolds a.k.a Wade Wilson stars in a life-and-death battle against... Francis. How threatening!
Thus begins Wade’s love struggle, and this is quite really a bunch of bullshit. This is a Marvel film, it’s R rated. your significant other did not take you out for a romantic movie ten days ago. He took you (or himself, or his friends) to see one of the most badass heroes to grace the comic book world, and now finally, Hollywood, as Ryan Reynolds stars in one of the most comedic superhero blockbusters showcased.
I won’t provide any major spoilers, but there might be little details here and there you’d want to avoid.
Deadpool is really about Wade Wilson, a mercenary who is diagnosed with terminal cancer, and therefore looks to an agency for a cure. His cancer is cured, but ends up looking like Freddy Kruger, after being tortured, abused and tormented. He then looks to hunt down super slave seller Francis (Yes, his name’s actually Francis) to try and revert his appearance. Throughout the course of this film, hilarity ensues, and a major reason why, has to be Ryan.
Ryan Reynolds exudes charisma and captivates the audience with his larger-than-life personality, and considering he spent most of the movie in a suit, or looking plain hideous, it wasn’t the easiest feat to pull off. From the get go, Deadpool unleashes his arsenal of one-liners, witticism, and humorous remarks as he breaks the fourth wall time and time again.
The jocularity constantly forced smiles and chuckles within the audience, as well as bursts of laughter and appreciative clapping from time to time. Some of the jokes are a bit stale, but the majority hit the sweet spot, with my favourite scenes taking place as Wade travels by taxi, or emancipates himself from Colossus’ grip, or spits clever, witty comments at Ajax, a.k.a Francis, a.k.a Ed Skrein.
Even in circumstances depicting baddies being eviscerated and decapitated or the protagonist being disfigured, the mood is always lively, as Ryan seamlessly asserts himself into the role of a psychotic merc with a mouth, constantly spouting sadistic comment after dark comment. Its his improvisation with expression and tone in such situations that made him eligible for the role of Deadpool, and it feels as if it should only be played by him, just as you can’t imagine Wolverine being played by anyone other than Hugh Jackman.
However, the fourth wall breaking hero was not the only talking point of the movie. Fans were delighted to see Colossus make an appearance, and, as Ryan continues to do what he does best, once again observes bursts of laughter from the audience as his encounter with the chrome plated X-man (Is it okay to say X-man?) holds arguably the funniest moment the movie has to offer. Despite being a low budget film, Colossus and the moody chick whose name I will not spoil because you should watch the movie for funnies were sufficient enough to satisfy my appetite though I would’ve loved to see more X-men starring. At least Cable’s going to be in the second movie!
While the movie takes risks with its main character, it plays safe with the plot and the single villain in the movie. The story wasn’t compelling, and rather cliche, and Ajax failed to leave any sort of memorable impact on those looking for a deep storyline. The hunt for vengeance doesn’t quite sell the viewer, and is further cliched when Morena Baccarin - who demonstrated a convincing performance, but was undermined by the lack of a strong backstory and further character development, eventually playing the damsel in distress - is kidnapped by Ajax, whose only real crime was modifying human beings into super slaves and then selling them. Angel Dust wasn’t very threatening either, serving as a moody bodyguard who just packs a lot of punch. Therefore, very little feels at stake, and this makes for an unsatisfying enemy, especially when all his minions are extremely weak. The fight scenes, though plentiful in violence and blood, don’t feel particularly gratifying, as the only real enjoyable battle was in the very beginning during the car chase.
Despite all that, Deadpool made for an enjoyable movie, and pushed up Ryan Reynolds’ reputation for acting in my eyes, as well as a whole bunch of other spectators’ as well. After the disaster that was Green Lantern, redeeming himself in the shoes of the merc quickly made Reynolds a favourite. I was thoroughly entertained by Reynolds’ charismatic acting, and look forward to the sequel, whose script is well underway!
I’d certainly recommend the movie to anyone looking for a good laugh, but not for those who want a plot like that of the Batman movies, or anything remotely close for that matter.
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