The Bored Critic Reviews: Deadpool
Deadpool isn’t your average comic book character. He’s not a super hero. He’s not a super villain. He’s the merc with a mouth, the immortal wisecracker, and the most self-aware character in comics. After a depressing display in Wolverine: Origins, Deadpool’s made his way back to the big screen and this time he’s aiming to do it right. Does he?
To watch or not to watch:
Unless you don’t enjoy life, are easily offended, or are under the age of eighteen, you want to see this movie. This is one you don’t want to miss. Unless of course you hate comic based movies.
After finally finding the love of his life, Wade Wilson has been diagnosed with late stage cancer, brutally tortured for the sake of “curing” his cancer, and made to look like a freak, thereby losing his love. And he’s out for revenge. The man who made him look this way is going down. Fortunately he’s practically immortal and has the skills of a top soldier, combined with the running mouth of the most riotously hilarious comedians.
The plot is a nice departure from Deadpool’s original origins, while still maintaining what makes the character Deadpool. Without going too much further into details to avoid spoilers, the plot is a nice back and forth between Deadpool’s past and the current story of revenge. It sounds pretty dark, but this is Deadpool. Everything is exceptionally light-hearted and comedic. While hardly an epic story involving the fate of the world, one also has to remember that it’s Deadpool. Sure, in some of his alternate realities he’s been the focal point of everything, but Deadpool isn’t the kind of character you see saving the day. The story fits the character and makes for an incredible first movie that I hope to see made into a successful series.
I think we were all uncertain about Ryan Reynolds being Deadpool after the Wolverine movie tragedy, but he proved his loyalty to the character and his ability to play the character perfectly in this one. After this movie I can’t think of a better Deadpool. Reynolds hits all the right notes with the character and shows what makes Deadpool unique among comic book characters perfectly. Similarly, the casting for the other characters was equally excellent. Morena Baccarin did a great job as Vanessa, Wade Wilson’s lover and fiance, though I’m curious to see if they try to tie his relationships into how they’re done in the comics more in the future. The villains (played by Ed Skrein and Gina Carano) were excellent as well, though I feel they were a bit… second tier, perhaps. That said, though, Deadpool isn’t the type to either deal with the top brass, nor let his opponents survive. The result of those factors of course meaning that perhaps lesser known characters were the obvious choice. The same can be said of supporting super heroes, but I’ll leave the details of those characters for you to see yourself. Suffice it to say, everyone did well and I can’t really say I had any faults. I will say that the cab driver Dopinder (played by Karan Soni) was a hilarious addition that really provided something wonderful for the movie, despite how minimal it was.
Oh the music. Whether for comedy or setting the mood, the music was absolutely perfect, featuring quite a mix of styles. Couple that with perfect dialogue (obscured only by the laughter of the crowd in the theater) and good sound effects, and the result is a satisfying auditory experience.
All the explosions. Okay, so it’s hardly Michael Bay-esque, but there are a fair few explosions. There’s a delightful lack of CGI, however. Ryan Reynolds performed as many scenes as he could in the suit, only using animation when absolutely necessary. At one point he even makes a referential joke about the animated nature of his suit in the movie Green Lantern. It was clear that he wanted to do as much as he could for this character, and it really shows. Characters and scenes that necessitated CGI were done well, however, and it never felt obvious or intrusive.
What about this movie isn’t fun?! From the absolutely hilarious jokes that never stop to the exciting action scenes, this movie is non-stop fun. Everything about it is simply fun. Obviously not everyone will enjoy this movie, but even if you only sort of liked it you have to admit that it was, above all else, a fun movie.
- Comedic gold that perfectly hits the mark for Deadpool
- Intense action
- Plenty of language, gore, violence, sex, and nudity to get that R rating (It’s Deadpool. It’s supposed to be R-rated.)
- 16 broken walls. (Watch the movie. You’ll get it.)
- Music that absolutely enhances the scenes
- Obscure villains
- Deadpool’s fighting style is a bit too sensible in comparison to the comics
This movie is great. Partly for the sake of the review and partly because I just wanted to, I ended up seeing this movie twice in theaters. I barely even see most movies once in theaters, let alone twice. (after all, have you seen the name of my movie reviews?) Deadpool has long been my favourite super-being (you can hardly call him a hero) and as a result I was excited to see this movie. Unlike looking at the world through rosy coloured glasses as a result of my love for the character however, I actually had a lot of trepidation about the movie. He’s such a hard character to accurately portray, and no one was certain about Ryan Reynolds in the role after Wolverine: Origins. But like I said in the “Acting” portion of the review, he pulled it off. And with a great supporting cast of heroes, villains, and average people, the movie turned out great. The jokes were all hilarious, though the comedy is certainly not for everyone and some jokes are so referential that they may go over some people’s heads. The action was over the top and yet not so ridiculous as to be completely implausible. And even the story was good as well, albeit perhaps a mite cliché. It jumped between the flashbacks and current setting in a way that was rather strange for most movies, but considering the nature of Deadpool it fit perfectly.
On to my criticisms. While I thought very highly of the movie, there are some complaints to point out. Like I mentioned earlier, the villains are a bit obscure, though this isn’t highly detrimental by any means, especially considering Deadpool isn’t as well known himself. Another “complaint” I had was the transitions between the flashbacks and current setting I mentioned just a couple of lines ago. While it’s fitting for Deadpool to mock or alter the standard movie formula, seeing as he’s a character who regularly mocks and alters the standard comic format that he exists in, it’s still a bit disconcerting for the average viewer. And finally, Deadpool’s fighting style seemed perhaps too… safe? He’s a character who just goes at it. His relative immortality allows him to fight with an abandon and lack of caution that really fits in with the slightly crazy mental aspect of the character. This wasn’t really portrayed as much I felt in the movie, though this may show how Deadpool will grow as a character and gain that “devil-may-care” attitude about injuries.
Overall though this movie was not only highly enjoyable, but performed far better than I could have imagined, let alone expected. In fact, it’s not only a movie I’m genuinely excited to get the DVD for, but am even going to consider seeing a third time. As a result, I give this movie…