Despite all the high profile movies being released this year, Deadpool was my most anticipated. Part of the reason why, was that I was interested in witnessing how Fox would redeem their first, damaged attempt at the beloved character. There are a number of flaws in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the way they handled “The Merc with the Mouth” was the last straw for Marvel readers, let alone comic book fans. The outrage was incredible, and Fox would then receive backlash on how they treated their movie franchises, especially those that belonged to Marvel. I had low expectations for this film, with regards to creativity and flexibility with the character Deadpool. However, after watching Deadpool on Valentine’s Day, I am happy to admit my expectations were exceeded tremendously.
It is really tough for me to start this review because there are a lot of jumbled up thoughts I would like to write about from this chaotic/ludicrous film. I guess I can start off by stating that Deadpool will be the front-runner for my favourite superhero movie of the year (and not just by default). Actually, as of now, it is in the discussion for my top three superhero movies of all time.* Hell, it’s also in the lead for movie of the year (not hard, considering the few films released in 2016, so far). The first word that describes my experience with Deadpool is “fun.” The film was the definition of the action-comedy genre, and included elements of romance and suspense. Mix that all together and add ridiculous amounts of profanity, nudity, and a blood-thirsty atmosphere, and it all adds up to Deadpool being a fun film to watch.
As a casual comic book nerd and Deadpool enthusiast, I was pleased with how the antihero was presented on screen. The casting of Ryan Reynolds, who plays the always talkative bad-ass, couldn’t have been more perfect; even considering the fact he’s played the character before in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This was the right platform for Reynolds to achieve his potential as a charismatic actor, and he succeeded. His humour was over the top, but in a good way, as Deadpool the character is known for being over the top.
One thing I was worried about going into the film was their use of breaking the fourth wall. The technique of using the “imaginary boundary” was, in my opinion, used very well, and made me and 90% of the audience laugh in an appreciative manner. I really enjoyed how they mentioned films such as X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Green Lantern, and the fact that they addressed the lack of X-Men characters due to budgeting was hilarious.
Overall, I had a great time watching Deadpool. It painted a beautiful collage of filth and absurdity, and I loved every minute of it. I recommend this film to anyone who doesn’t have a weak heart and can stand the violence and sexual content. All I have left to say about this movie is hurry up, go out and watch it now!
*My Top Three Favourite Superhero Films
1) The Dark Knight
2) Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Honorable mentions include: The Incredibles, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Chronicle.