Film review: Deadpool

The merc with a mouth comes to the big screen

CVKQTAoUkAAGbhsIn what may be the most unique superhero movie in years, 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool shows audiences the raunchier side of the Marvel universe.

After years of production and Ryan Reynolds’ willingness to bring Deadpool to the big screen, audiences around the world are left with a movie that would no doubt make Wade Wilson happier than a free chimichanga buffet.

Though the movie has a simple and formulaic plot that isn’t hard to follow, if that is Deadpool’s only downside, it is definitely made up for. Being the first R-rated superhero movie in quite a long time, Deadpool has no shortage of blood, guts and action, as our hero (or more realistically, antihero) slices, dices and shoots his way across New York.

Deadpool’s success doesn’t hinge only on the splatter factor, but Reynolds’ excellent portrayal of the clinically insane Wade Wilson. Not even five minutes into the film and Reynolds is already blasting out profanities and cheesy one-liners while shoving cigarette lighters down bad guys’ throats.

Though many of the jokes in the movie can at times seem childish, they all help to build the character of Wade Wilson. Marvel’s Deadpool even steps into unknown territory with a plethora of sex- and drug-related jokes that you’d be hard-pressed to hear in any other superhero movie.

Perhaps what makes the film so special is Wade Wilson’s breaking of the fourth wall. Deadpool literally throws quips and pop-cultural references at the audience knowing that they’re watching him and that he’s his own comic book and movie character.

Reynolds even proves he has no shame and goes as far as making fun of his own acting while playing the enigmatic mercenary.

The film also does well in poking fun at other actors such as Hugh Jackman, other superhero movies such as the Avengers and the X-Men, and in respect to the opening credits, even Hollywood itself.

Though the portrayal of Deadpool’s origin may be different from what fans of the comic books are used to, there is no doubt that the premise of the story works.

Though the film is mostly humorous, the few serious roles played in the film, notably by Ed Skrein as Ajax and Gina Carano as Angel Dust, do much to reveal the darker side of the Deadpool universe.

Most assuredly, Deadpool strays as far away as possible from being a kids’ superhero movie and of course that is what the fans have been wanting all along.

In Deadpool you’ll find jokes about cocaine told by old ladies one moment and merciless point-blank murder the next. For anyone who has ever read the comics, that is exactly what Deadpool is all about.

Though Reynolds’ take on the character may not net him another sexiest man alive award, his role as Wade Wilson has earned him the praise of Deadpool fans the world over and probably the fourth-wall-breaking merc with a mouth himself.