This year has been addressed as a year of interesting superhero movies. We were told of a new x-men film, two new DC films, and a Marvel film where Iron Man fights Captain America. However the most anticipated comic film of this year was also the first; a one-of-a-kind film about a man who chases after the doctor who cured his terminal cancer to avenge his face.
Deadpool is a comic book film which tries to emphasise the notion that its main character is not a superhero like the other comic-based films and that he’s just a simple mercenary who is trying to get his face back to that Ryan Reynolds look he misses.
After a few watches of the film and seeing as it was a good time to get out of the procrastination with news that it’s celebrating its one month anniversary, I decided to place my review here and start of this blog.
Deadpool features Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson; one of the best mercenaries who discovers, after building a relationship with escort Vanessa Carlysle (played by Morena Baccarin), that he has late-stage cancer and that the only bit of hope comes from an experimental procedure to mutate his cells to combat the cancer at an stronger rate. The cost of his body having an unusual appearance encourages Wilson to catch the man who put his body up to the stress of mutating, Ajax (played by Ed Skrein). Wade does this through the disguise and alias, Deadpool.
What makes the Deadpool film seem quite special is that it does end up applying the character in such a way that every now and then the comic book fan has a grin of delight over some of the references and Easter eggs that the film has, a feeling I haven’t felt in quite sometime whilst watching a superhero movie. From the abstract, daring and positively rewarding use of fourth wall breaking and meta-fictional reference from Deadpool himself, to the brief appearance of ‘Pool-O-Vision’, and even the off-the-wall humour and one liners that the movie fires like bullets from any gun that Deadpool can carry. The humour though dark is performed surprisingly well and the actors all perform well in their different scopes. Its short time duration is made up with a fast paced blend of action and flashbacked drama. Additional enjoyable is the blend of 80s – 90s music that floods the soundtrack.
Even though the film is committed it still holds a number of differences. The main one is the power switch of “gifted youngster” Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) from telepathy and precognition to charged energy explosions (something more similar to Cannonball). Connecting to this is that the X-Men find him someone worth recruiting, something which is an antipode in the comics. As for downsides, the only thing that annoyed me is Deadpool’s lack of acknowledgement of Stan Lee’s cameo but that might be down to me asking too much.
Still Deadpool does a good job of making itself its own movie whilst been able to use its comic origins to a level that both comic fans and movie fans can get behind. Its promotions have been that warming anticipation needed for a film of this level of flippancy without overloading the mind with spoiler-driven hype and it does make a dull evening that more cheerful even if it prompts that with a waterfall of blood. Well worth the watch.