Geeks everywhere, rest easy. For we have seen with our own eyes the light and are pleased to report that Deadpool is really, really good.
For comic book fans, Deadpool was the movie Marvel would never make – the comics featuring the character were crude, outrageously violent, occasionally insane, and always entertaining. Directed by Tim Miller in his first feature film debut, Deadpool the movie is brimming with sharp dialogue, hilarious character moments, and great chemistry not just between the leads, but also with members of the supporting cast.
Star Ryan Reynolds seems determined to exorcize the demons of The Green Lantern and Wolverine: Origins, and the movie seems to nod along knowingly as it pokes fun at the various missteps of Reynold’s previous forays into the superhero genre. His Wade Wilson is at times insane, manic, heavily obsessed with his own amusement, and utterly charming when placed alongside the love of his life, Vanessa, played by Morena Baccarin, and it cannot be emphasized how important getting the human side of Deadpool ‘right’ was in making this film. Too much of a good thing is simply too much, and humanizing Wade via his relationship with Vanessa was a great call in a film full of action set-pieces and so much witty humour.
But truly, where Deadpool shines is in its dialogue – not so much the plot, which retains the familiar story beats of your typical superhero blockbuster. The characters zing each other with some of the best one-liners ever produced in cinematic history, and Deadpool himself is a constant barrage of aural splendour, tossing out cutting pop culture references interspersed with Regular Joe toilet humour. In Deadpool, Colossus, a hulking CGI mass more intimidating and yet more loveable than his previous onscreen iterations, plays a fish-out-of-water with considerable aplomb, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead is destined to be the new poster child of ironically sullen teens worldwide.
The action will more than satisfy fans of violence. While never being completely gratuitous, Deadpool features some very well-crafted fight scenes that don’t skimp on the gore, but somehow never come across as excessive. Limbs go flying and blood spatters when a character is hit, but Deadpool flitters between the viscera with a glib comment and all seems right.
And yes, Deadpool does break the Fourth Wall, but never in a way that drags you out of the film completely.
The only big complaint about this movie is that the ‘big baddie’ never seems like a big threat – something of a problem in Marvel films of late, whether produced by the actual Marvel Studios or not. But even that flaw is negated somewhat by the unique role of the villain in the movie, and an all-powerful bad guy would not have served the story Deadpool tries to tell. Even so, Deadpool lays the groundwork not only for a brand new franchise that could take the world by storm but also for a superhero experience that is unlike any other franchise in the market. 8.5/10.