Deadpool Movie Review: Fox’s Maximum Effort
This is it! This is the Deadpool we should have gotten in the first place instead of that abortion that appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But maybe that happening was for the best. After all, it was the catalyst that eventually gave us the proper treatment of the character in a movie that shattered February and R-rated movie box office records. Is it perfect? No, but it’s damn awesome. So let’s take a look at the film below.
The story for Deadpool is a fairly simple one: Our protagonist gets cancer, gets pitched a cure that will make him better than he ever thought he could be, gets screwed over and then sets out to exact revenge on those responsible. And while the story could be considered formulaic, the approach to telling it really is anything but. With flashbacks and fourth-wall breaking narrative, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick keep things interesting and refreshing in their approach to bringing this lovable psychotic to the big screen. On the down side, some of their expedient writing creates some minor plot holes that, while they don’t break the movie (so to speak), they will leave you scratching your head a bit as they kind of make no sense.
Blur Studios co-founder Tim Miller makes his directorial debut on the film, and he does an excellent job, here – as he was only given a budget of $58 million and turned out a summer blockbuster quality film! Despite an opening action sequence that is extended into the second act due to Deadpool’s expositional flashbacks, he still manages to keep the pace relatively tight. Though, I have heard complaints that some of the flashbacks seems to halt the momentum early in the film, which I can kind of see, but don’t entirely agree with. I think that if the flashbacks were handled differently, or the story played out a bit more linearly (yes, that’s a word), then the film’s momentum would have either dropped off completely, or taken too long to get going. While not perfect, it was the best option, and I felt it was handled pretty well.
As for the cast, just about everyone here does a great job and seems to be having a blast. Ryan Reynolds is excellent as the Merc with the Mouth. While his face covered by a mask for most of the film, his charisma pretty much makes that a non-issue – even when there are those scenes where you know that what you’re seeing on screen in CGI. The gorgeous Morena Baccarin (AKA. Inara from Firefly) does well here, and seems to have a great chemistry with Reynolds. TJ Miller is great as Weasel, the bar tender at Sister Margret’s School for Wayward Girls and Wade’s best friend. Miller and Reynolds play well off each other, though there isn’t really enough of that in the film, as some of the best jokes between the two stay in the trailers and don’t even make it into the final cut. The same also goes for Blind Al, played by Leslie Uggams, as she also is a wise ass and has a sharp tongue that makes for some great quips and jokes. And let’s not forget our two featured X-Men in the film: Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand)! Though relatively small parts, they also do well at carrying both the action and some of the humor. Plus, we finally actually get ourselves some honest to god X-Men uniforms!
As for the bad guys, well, things aren’t as great. Gina Carano plays Angel Dust, a mutant with superhuman strength and very few words. Despite having a very one demensional character and about two lines in the whole film, she actually does a pretty good job with her role. There’s not a lot to it, but she mean mugs and punches her way through the film well enough that it doesn’t matter much. But I think the more disappointing villain is Ed Skrein’s Ajax/Francis. He’s a one note bad guy. It’s not his fault so much as it is the script. But I suppose in a hyper-violent, high-levity film, there is some give and take creatively. Let’s hope the next villain fares better.
All in all, despite it’s minor failings, Deadpool is an awesome movie – one that I’ve already seen twice! Fox finally got this one right, and I’m glad, because it was a blast. All I can say is, bring on the sequel! And bring on Cable!
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