Deadpool (2016) – Movie Review

”From the studio that inexplicably sewed his fucking mouth shut the first time, comes… me!” – Deadpool

Forget everything you ever thought you knew about a superhero movie, because here comes Deadpool! Just a quick heads up, this review will be discussing chunks from the movie, so if you haven’t seen it yet, here is your well needed SPOILER ALERT. And if you’re one of those people…what are you waiting for?!

Tim Miller’s debut motion picture Deadpool provides the origin story of the ‘superhero’ that so desperately needed another chance to showcase Ryan Reynolds’ potential as the beloved ‘merc with the mouth’, after the hideous attempt first time around. Yes, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I’m looking at you. So, did Miller reassure fans that Deadpool can indeed make it to the big screen? Hell yeah, and with style too.

The flood of hilarious marketing for the movie had me from the get-go, from the christmas special trailer reveal, to the testicular cancer awareness video; I knew the movie was going to be an experience to remember – and it certainly was. I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard at a movie in my 19 years of life than I did with this movie. The humour was refreshing and comical throughout its entirety, which is something that has been missing nowadays. Its spectacular humour derives from the film’s accurate depiction of Deadpool in the comic book world, a character who enjoys to break the 4th wall and address the audience directly. Not only this, but Deadpool pokes fun at both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the real world; from his continuous mocking at the X-Men to Liam Neeson’s tendency to fail as a parent within the Taken franchise. Did I also mention that he mocks Batman and Robin too? Yeah, that happens.

Ryan Reynolds: the man of the hour. And also the perfect casting choice for Deadpool, too. His witty nature presents itself entirely throughout the movie, and just like Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, you can’t see anyone else playing Deadpool than Reynolds. His love for the character and his dedication to make things right from his last ‘mouth sewn shut’ depiction really shows how he embodies the character to a monumental extent; to the point where it becomes difficult to separate the man from the suit. He just is Deadpool.  The introduction to an improved Colossus did nothing but benefit the movie, too, with an amusing chemistry between the two characters. One being an embodiment of patience and respect, the other being…well, Deadpool. As for Stan Lee’s ritual in making a cameo appearance in each Marvel movie, this is his best one yet. Without a doubt.

However, no film is flawless, and Deadpool is no exception. Ed Skrein, who played Deadpool’s nemesis Ajax, being the main one. His performance, which consisted solely on a British accent and endless jaw-clenching, was nothing short of tacky. In truth, he added nothing special to the role and it became evident that any other actor could have easily played the part, which was deeply disappointing as the movie as a whole was marvellous. However, it was so difficult to try and pinpoint problems with the movie as it addresses these potential problems for us. For example, the scene where we get to see the monumental Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters with only two of the X-Men there, I was thinking ”damn, where’s the rest of them at?” and with complete awe; Deadpool replies with a sarcastic comment regarding the movie’s lack of budget to afford more characters. Even the opening credits made fun of the conventional types of characters in this movie and most other movies overall, such as the ‘British villain’ and ‘the hot girl.’ These self-aware observations reinforce the complete hilarity surrounding the movie, and we are so thankful for it.

VERDICT: A

Frickin’ Hilarious Fun.

Much to everyone’s delight, Tim Miller did an exceptional job in ticking all the boxes that were required for an excellent Deadpool movie: a hilarious anti-hero, extreme violence, a foul mouth and an extreme tendency to break the 4th wall. I, for one, will never be able to take another Marvel movie seriously anymore, and because of this I can only applaud Deadpool in achieving the seemingly impossible: standing out from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and doing so in spectacular fashion.

 

Published February 11th, 2016

 

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