Film Review: “DeadPool” by Blade Brown
Film Review: “DeadPool” by Blade Brown
A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool
It’s been a long road leading to the release of Deadpool. After being in “development hell” for years, the character made a underwhelming appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. While that movie nailed the Wade Wilson version of the character, his alter ego was completely butchered. It seemed as if the movie was never going to be made. Then out of the blue, test footage of the film was leaked online and received rave reviews. Following the success of the leak, Fox finally greenlit the project, and the end result is arguably one of the best comic book movies ever made.
If you’re not familiar with the character, let me give you a brief rundown. He’s a character who knows he’s a character. In the comic books, he often breaks the fourth wall and talks to the readers as if he knows that he’s in a comic book. He does the same thing in the movie, which is one of the many things that work for the movie. After being diagnosed with cancer, he undergoes an experimental procedure that gives him accelerated healing and enhances his already advanced physical abilities. But while doing so, he’s left disfigured and he’s already borderline insane personality is pushed over the limit. He’s nearly indestructible and is one of the most dangerous characters in Marvel Comics. Now, back to the movie.
The movie plays out like no other comic book movie ever made. From the opening credits, you know this is going to be a wild ride. The movie is fully aware of itself and it pokes a lot of fun at the misfires Fox Studios has made in the past. One scene in particular where professor Xavier is mentioned, Deadpool responds “Stewart or McAvoy?”, alluding to the confusing timeline that has been set. As far as his origin, its very close to being 100% accurate, unlike the offensive portrayal that took place in Wolverine. After being diagnosed with cancer, he volunteers for a procedure which he thinks will cure him. The people are not whom he believes them to be, and he is eventually left for dead. Fortunately, the procedure not only cured his cancer, it gives him accelerated healing and makes him indestructible. But it also leaves him horribly disfigured, and he then is on the hunt for Ajax, the man responsible for his condition, who he believes can fix his disfigurement.
The casting of Deadpool is great almost across the board. Ryan Reynolds is perfectly casted as Deadpool. The way RDJ seems to have been born to play Tony Stark, the same can be said here. Ed Skrein (Transporter: Refueled) plays Ajax, the man responsible for turning Wade into a mutant. Having gone through the same treatment, he has enhanced reflexes and is unable to feel pain. TJ Miller (Cloverfield, Transformers 4) is cast as Weasel, Wade’s best friend, who’s just as foul mouthed as Wade, but nowhere near as violent. Morena Baccarin (Gotham, Firefly) plays Vanessa. The woman who Wade falls in love with. In the comics, she turns into Copycat, although there is no sign of that transformation in this movie. The entire cast is good, with the exception of whoever played Colossus. I have no clue why the actor who’s played him in the X-Men films declined to play the role here, but this version of the character is by far the weakest link of the movie. Luckily almost off of his dialogue is through interactions with Deadpool, so he’s bearable. But even still, he’s the only downside of the movie.
Unlike most Marvel movies, this is a hard R rated movie. There are just as many F bombs dropped as you’d find in a Martin Scorsese movie. The violence is brutal and no holds barred. And in true Deadpool fashion, the movie is flat out hilarious. Reynolds brings has trademark wit and vulgarity firing on all cylinders and helps the movie he’s been dying to make for close to 10 years be totally worth the wait.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Deadpool is almost a perfect movie. Given the source material & passionate performances, this is definitely in my top 5 comic book movies of all time. I love everything about this character and I can’t wait to see what they do with him next.
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