Movie Review: Deadpool
Before you do anything, read this rant by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn.
Deadpool is not serious.
That has always been Wade Wilson’s charm – that, along with his inability to shut up AND break the fourth wall. That guy can talk God out of His seat.
For the sake of clarity, I would like to state here that Deadpool aka Wade Wilson is a blatant ripoff of Deathstroke The Terminator aka Slade Wilson. Even Stan Lee admits to that. That’s so people who started following these guys via the big screen don’t start screaming ‘Copycat DC!’
I was excited to hear Deadpool was going to be a part of X-Men Origins – Wolverine. I was twice as excited when I found out he was going to be played by Ryan Reynolds who I have liked since Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place. The movie was underwhelming for plenty reasons, one of which was Deadpool having his mouth sewn shut and sprouting claws the length of katanas from the back of his hands.
I liked Ryan – but didn’t start taking him serious till Smokin’ Aces. That knocked me for a loop. Then came the tragedy Blade III, the seriously-underwhelming Green Lantern –
And then, I heard a new Deadpool movie announced.
I just knew Ryan was back in his element – especially since he had been jostling for a while to get that movie made. Then the first trailer came out.
Make no mistake; Deadpool is as true to its source material as it can get. Directed by Tim Miller (impressive full-length feature debut ) Wade Wilson is a retired (or dishonorably discharged) special ops operative who becomes a soldier of fortune to make ends meet, a mercenary who thinks it necessary to remind us at every opportunity that he is no hero. While playing at a friend’s (Weasel, played with ease by TJ Miller) bar he meets a hooker Venessa Carlysle (CopyCat; nerdgasm!) and they fall for each other hard; having sex through the year (watch for the Fat Gandalf joke). Feeling the girl, he asks her to marry him – minutes before he suddenly collapses and is diagnosed with cancer of EVERYTHING.
He goes to cry on Weasel’s shoulder and meets ‘Agent Smith’ who tells him about an organisation that can not only cure him but make him extra-ordinary. He balks – but then reconsiders and runs out on Vanessa to enter for the program.
Of course, there are pretty disastrous results.
There’s too much to like about this movie. The casting is perfect – except for a few missteps like the bland bad guy Ajax/Francis (played by Ed Skrein). Gina Carano who I thought would be perfect to play Wonder Woman potrays a very different Angel Dust (watch Haywire to catch my drift). Negasonic Teenage Warhead (even Deadpool has to admit how cool the name is) is cool and collected for her age. Brianna Hildebrand works this role perfectly.
The movie plays like one long gag reel. The jokes go on and are hardly bland – even those already heard in the trailer. Colossus is a shambling CGI giant; I think a far better job could have been done (Hulk; anyone?) but his lines, delivered in a youthful Russian accent are bliss. And his need to spout off Art-Of-War-esque cliche lines and advice while trying to play everybody’s egbon?
Not for you, Piotr Rasputin.
He is charming, nonetheless. There’s a particular scene in which he and Angel Dust are mixing it up and he refrains from hitting her because half-a boob is on display. She says ‘That’s so sweet,” and proceeds to punch him in the same place Deadpool broke a hand doing the same thing.
A few continuity errors (watch Deadpool’s sheaths closely during and after fights) and a couple very obvious gaffes do nothing to mar this gem of a something – even though I fear for Deadpool’ shelf life – especially the timed jokes. Still, it is freaking worth every cinema moment. Maybe even twice of those moments. And with 123 million large ones grosses over the opening weekend? Who cares what I think?
Even I don’t.
Though, you have to ask; there’s a scene in which Angel Dust is torturing Wade and he headbutts her hard enough to draw blood from her nostrils. This is the same girl who went toe-to-toe with Colosuss, the guy Deadpool broke all his limbs hitting. Now maybe that would have made sense for the comic version – she needs adrenaline to be strong and can only be for a short period, but for the movie version?
Anyhow, I’m seeing it again – definitely.
I’ll do as he says, were I you.
Deadpool is showing at Ozone Cinemas at the following times:
Fri-Thur: 10:45am, 12:50pm, 3:00pm, 4:55pm, 6:05pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm