As I continue to work backwards towards the films I've yet to review, next up is Deadpool. The unique and potentially trailblazing R-rated comic book film starring the titular hero. Click on to see my thoughts on the movie featuring the Merc with a Mouth.
After learning he has terminal cancer, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) agrees to undergo experimental procedures that would cure his cancer, and leave him with superhuman abilities. And while the trials are successful, he's left permanently scarred and afraid to unite with the one he loves, Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarin), because of this. I promise this movie is more fun than it sounds.
Starting out with the things I really liked about this movie, it was often hilarious. Few movies have made me laugh as hard as this one. It's extremely crude and sophomoric, so if that's not your style you're probably not going to like the movie. But it does a fantastic job of blending the childish humor with smart, well-written jabs at pop culture and even the the film itself. And for a film that pretty much adhered to every comic book film story cliche, it also poked fun at itself for that. Like Deadpool, the film was very self aware, and that was a lot of fun to watch. The fourth wall breaks were also extremely well written funny and made for some of the best one liners of the movie. Couldn't get enough of those.
The acting was also very impressive. Ryan Reynolds was perfect as Deadpool, and he and Baccarin had great chemistry. Beyond the two leads, though, there really are no poor performances in the film. Everyone pulled their weight and did a fantastic job.
Someone else who did a fantastic job was the film's director, Tim Miller Considering the film's modest budget, he really made the most of it. The action is perfectly over the top and cartoonish, offering enough gore to please fans without being too graphic to still have a great time watching it. Colossus also looked great, and as a pretty big fan of Colossus from the comics, the film really does the character justice. And his interactions with Deadpool make for some of the movie's best moments.
Enough really can't be said about the film's wit and character interactions. It knew exactly how to treat its characters, and the way they interacted was brilliant. Even on a serious level, the interactions between Wade and Vanessa had a lot of weight, and you really feel for them and their characters. By the end, you're really pulling for their relationship.
Unfortunately, that kind of leads into the bad things. The tone can be somewhat all over the place. The origin is fairly serious, and I feel like it ultimately detracts from the fun I wanted to have going into it. It's sort of a necessary evil, and the film handles it the best it can by giving you the origin in flashback form in segments throughout the first half rather than all at once in the beginning. But that doesn't change the fact that, when the 'serious parts' would come back, I wanted to get back to Deadpool, and see him do funny Deadpool things. I can't say too much negative about that, as the movie really did a great job with those origin moments. But it still felt entirely separate from the Deadpool moments, and kept the film from being quite as much fun as it should be. Don't want to give the wrong idea, though. It does the best it can with what it has to do.
In the end, Deadpool is a very funny movie that adapts its source material nearly perfectly. Even if it's somewhat held back by the necessary origin. If you're a Deadpool fan, you'll love it. If you dislike the character, you likely won't. But there's no denying that it's a very well made film that obviously cares about its source material.
Final Score: 4/5
I won't be doing a spoiler review for this one, as there's not a whole lot to talk about. So, in the comments, tell me what you thought of Deadpool. Did you love it? Did you hate it? Are you looking forward to the sequel? Personally, I very much am. Especially now that we have the origin out of the way. See you in the next review, and stay tuned to ComicBookMovieNerd.com.