By Jack Dignan
Sick of superhero movies? Tired of seeing the same old thing each and every time? Ready for some more light hearted and adult-aimed superhero movies? Well, Deadpool is here and he has provided the world with a superhero movie unlike any other. "Justice has a new face," says the film's poster, but this face is ugly as fuck and completely relentless. Blood. Sex. Language. Fourth wall breaks. There's not much more you could ask for in a film as good as this one. Now, get your chimichanga's ready as it's time to review the best X-Men film yet, if one were to count this as an X-Men film.
Deadpool, if described in a serious manner, sounds like any old superhero movie. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is engaged to marry Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), but after he's diagnosed with cancer in practically all of his body, he's forced to take desperate measures to find a cure. Ajax (Ed Skrein) is the man in charge of curing Wade, but to do so, he tortures the hell out of him, attempting to unlock his mutant genes. He does, and before you know it, Wade is invincible.... and also scarred from head to toe, and because of this, Wade comes after Ajax, hoping to get his revenge in the most brutal way he can. Sounds dramatic, doesn't it? Trust me, this is not a film that's meant to be taken seriously. And it knows that.
For many years now, Ryan Reynolds has been oh so desperately trying to get a Deadpool movie made, especially since the Deadpool we got in X-Men Origins: Wolverine wasn't quite up to everybody's expectations. But it's probably best that we don't talk about that. We'll save that for Deadpool to do. He knows what happened. He's aware. It's not his finest moment. But this movie is. After a leaked script, some cool test footage, the best marketing campaign in history and many, many years of waiting, Deadpool fans finally have a chance to see the Merc with a Mouth on the big screen, and it's very, very satisfying to watch.
Deadpool, as previously mentioned, is not your traditional superhero movie. It's a superhero movie that makes fun of superhero movies, all while enjoying being an actual superhero movie. Ryan Reynolds is absolutely perfect as Deadpool, encompassing his sense of humour and attitude to life. It's clearly not his fault that Origins was as bad as it was, and with no restrictions on content, this film is everything I wanted it to be and more. If there was even the tinniest gripe that people have with these types of movies, it's okay. Deadpool has you covered, and yes, he's going to bag the crap out of it. Usually more than once.
The film intercuts between Deadpool's origin story and his attempts to get vengeance over the aftermath of these events. The origin story is fairly by the numbers. It's funny, but formulaic, and not really in a self aware, look-how-funny-we-are way. The origin story is still rather entertaining, Wade keeping his sense of humour the entire time, but it never quite matches the insanity and hilariousness of the modern day sequences. Perhaps it's because of the way the film is edited, cutting it side by side so we're always comparing stories, or perhaps it's simply not as interesting.
This introduces us to the film's antagonist, Ajax, who's a sadistic mutant with the inability to feel pain. He's a decent villain who proves to be a worthy opponent for Deadpool, creating an actual plot, no matter how simple it really is. The character, however, is, like most Marvel on-screen villains, not at all developed, but I think that's the point. None of the supporting characters in this film are given much screen time and there's even jokes about Ajax just being another random villain. He's underdeveloped, but it's all for good reason, and yet, because of how good this film actually is, I don't mind his lack of development.
Deadpool is written by Rhet Reese and Paul Wernick, the writers of Zombieland, and this may just be their best movie yet. It's violent, funny, (mostly) original and entertaining from start to finish. Their screenplay is great, off the charts bonkers and completely self aware. They've nailed the character of Deadpool, and while the plot is, at times, painfully basic, it moves at a very swift pace, ending before you realise you've been in the theatre for nearly two hours, and they're even given a very special credit during the opening credits. If you have to be on time to just one movie this year, make sure it's Deadpool. It's got an opening you don't want to be late for. Plus, the rest of the film is pretty good too, I guess.
To sum up, Deadpool is a fast paced, ultra violent and completely hysterical superhero movie that completely tears apart what makes a superhero movie a superhero movie, teasing every last aspect of it, and yes, it has a post credit scene you're definitely going to want to stick around for.
4 1/2 Stars