by AJ Stockmaster
Deadpool is one of Marvel’s most popular comic series in the last ten years. The love for the merc with a mouth was revamped when the video game, aptly named “Deadpool”, was released. Though before this, test footage was filmed for the movie, also aptly named “Deadpool” in January 2012. The footage was released two years later and with the release of the footage, Deadpool fever took hold and fans of the series were extremely excited.
Deadpool follows the story of Wade Wilson, a gun for hire that’s in it for the fun and obviously the money, but this changes when he meets Vanessa and falls for her. The two quickly fall in love and life’s good for a while until Wade is diagnosed with late-stage cancer and is told he has very little time left. He takes the blow hard and does all he can to make sure Vanessa will be taken care of, until he is approached by a man saying he can not only cure Wade, but make him better. Wade later accepts this and goes under immense treatment to awaken the mutant genes within him, to soon learn the organization is Weapon-X, the organization responsible for turning Wolverine into who he is and the latter adaptation of the project that created Captain America. He soon develops his powers and escapes.
The movie’s R rating allows the character to be portrayed to his fullest being the foul mouthed, violent anti-hero that he is. Every joke in the movie is perfectly executed and the acting and casting could not have been any better. The plot however, was very formulaic, with the generic revenge plot seen in many movies with a side of saving the one you love. The movie is far from the family friendly movies that Marvel has produced in the past (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America etc.) being a raunchy, filthy comedy that could not have portrayed the character any better. The film is a breath of fresh air dispelling any previous stereotypes of superhero films that the heroes are never crass, selfish, and immensely violent or use profane language, and Deadpool fits all of these categories like a hand fits a glove.
However, that being said, this does not make the movie a flawless film by any means. Although a lot of the jokes were funny and didn’t fail to make people laugh, in some situations the joke just ruins a truly serious scene which could’ve been used to convey more feeling into the movie. Another flaw is the film hardly has any moments where they’re not trying to shove a joke down your throat. Given, Deadpool has always been a humorous series and has been filled to the brim with jokes but even despite this, there’s been plenty of times in the comic where Deadpool was serious and those moments made him seem more alive and real. In the movie, there’s a small shred of him being serious here-and-there, then cuts right to a joke. Though, before putting on the mask and even a bit after, there were some moments that he was serious most of them involving Vanessa, but other than a scene where Wade is trying to talk to her, very little. Then the jokes, a lot of the jokes were extremely well done though that being said, a lot of the jokes just involved shock humor. It will try to be as profane and inappropriate as it possibly can to get a laugh at. It’s normally used at bits that seems as if they would be serious.
Another issue with the film is its cinematography. The cinematography is extremely uninspired and plain during the non-action scenes of the film. The cinematography during the fight scenes were fantastic and had some extremely creative angles, but outside of that it was absolutely bland unless it was the punchline of a joke. The action scenes were absolutely fantastic with extraordinary special effects and the choreography and the motions involving Deadpool’s acrobatic sections were exciting and fresh and Ryan Reynolds was the best choice for this actor.
The film is not an awful film and it can be hilarious; though the constant onslaught of jokes and the bland cinematography that aren’t part of its actions scenes hurts the film. The film portrays the character’s backstory nearly perfectly with a few additions to add an extra punch to him. He’s crude, rude and an all-around jerk, but we love him for it and can’t wait for the sequel.
PS: The film was created as a labor of love by actor Ryan Reynolds, whom is the actor who plays Wade. He tried for ten years to get the film made and even got to the point where he took his own money and made test footage for the film to show that the film was doable, to be declined until it made its way to the public and was instantly loved. The film was shot in 48 days and is the second time Ryan played Deadpool, the first being in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and this role was even referenced in the film.