(Please Note: While the following review does not contain any spoilers, it does mention several things that we left out of the movie and a few small details not pivotal to the plot.)
Any movie that can use “X Gonna Give it To Ya” seriously as its title song deserves some respect. Except Fox does not have the best track record with superhero movies. But Deadpool changes that completely.
Wade W. Wilson, AKA: Deadpool, once again makes a return to the silver screen. This time, with an open mouth, and some tight red pants. From the get-go you can tell this is not going to be your typical “Marvel Style Superhero Movie.” More like, grab a beer, and a bro, and let’s do this thing. This is NOT a superhero movie for children. Except the big loveable adult children of course.
If you go into this movie, expecting another Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, or even another X-men movie (except Origins, because that does not exist), you are not going to get that. What you do get, is a sailor mouth, gun toting, forgetful, hilarious, loveable A-Hole, Deadpool.
Ryan Reynolds decade long struggle to bring Deadpool to the big screen has finally paid off, in a movie that pays homage to the character, doing him justice, while giving Fox the giant no so preverbal middle finger for screwing up the first time we saw Deadpool on the screen. Ever since the “leaked” footage came out well over a year ago, there has been a light at the end of the tunnel for the Merc with a Mouth, and the train has finally come. And trust me, Ryan Reynolds gets the Merc with a Mouth dead on, as he talks for almost literally the entire movie.
From the start you are hammered with breaking the fourth wall, one liners, crass humor, and some hilarious jabs at other Marvel Characters. Some of the jokes are total duds, some of them were hilarious, but you cannot hit every single one. There are times in the movie that show Deadpool as an actual normal person, doing normal every day stuff. These digressions are what make the movie I believe, seeing the all mighty Deadpool doing mundane things is something that just works. It is the other side of the super hero, what happens after he takes the mask off.
What the movie gains from its outlandish hero, it dips off a tad with the story. It presents a straightforward origins story, a straightforward villain, and a straight forward tale of revenge, which kind of actually works for this movie. What perhaps are the movies only two weak points are the villains Ajax and Angel Dust, neither of which are very memorable. They are not given enough time to really develop. And the program that is used to give Deadpool his powers, but then again, they do need content for the sequel. It is shrouded in mystery and is not really touched on other than the fact that other “experiments” were being sold as slaves to the highest bidder All and all it appears that Fox was playing it safe with the story, because let’s face it, Ryan and fans everywhere won with the character, he had to give something up.
What is kind of lost in the translation of the comic to movies is two pivotal points of Deadpool, Chimichanga, and the voices in his head. While this does not break the movie or make it any less entertaining, I was hoping for some sort of nod to this. This does not really affect the rating for me, just is simply something as a Deadpool fan I would have liked to see.
Deadpool is a breath of fresh air in the world of super hero movies and has been successfully brought into the real world. It is a movie that knows where it came from, and was made with love by the people that designed it. Deadpool hits us where it counts with some hilarious one liners, sight gags and just some fantastic nods to its counterparts in the superhero world.
Score: 9.5 / 10