I have been looking forward to this film for AGES. And it did not disappoint. Warning for those who haven’t seen it – this contains some tiny spoilers (but not many).
The fan favourite Marvel comics character Deadpool has finally been given his own stand alone film, and his character is perfectly true to the comics. The story follows masked man Deadpool, real name Wade Wilson, hunting down the villain who exposed him to an experiment that left Wade with new abilities including an accelerated healing factor – though it leaves him with a horribly scarred physical appearance. And of course, it’s also a love story. A pretty damn good love story.
It’s so cleverly written, and utterly destroys the fourth wall with Wade spending almost the whole film talking to the camera. The film opens with a really slowed down shot of the fight scene everyone has seen from the trailers. It features things such as a photo of Ryan Reynolds in his DC role as Green Lantern floating in the air, and in placement of the usual production company credit, the film tells us that it’s “some douchebag’s film” directed by “an overpaid tool” whose stars include “a moody teen,” “a British villain,” and “god’s perfect idiot”. That sets the tone for the entire film – comedic, epic, and an instant cult classic. It had me laughing out loud every five minutes, especially at lines like Fat Gandalf & the T-Rex one.
Ryan Reynolds gives the best performance of his career as Wade Wilson. He is absolutely the epitome of the character and he couldn’t have been more perfectly cast. His range is amazing & he’s actually unbelievable as the witty yet vulnerable un-superhero.
Can we talk about Morena Baccarin as Vanessa? Because holy crap how amazing was she? I’ve been a fan of the actress since I first started watching her as Inara in Joss Whedon’s Firefly, and she’s come a long way since then. Roles in Stargate SG-1, ABC’s series V and Homeland – the latter of which earned her an Emmy Award nomination for her performance. The character of Vanessa alone is immediately one of my favourites, with her quick wit, fearlessness and determination. She is in no way the damsel in distress and is totally my new hero. Possibly will be my Halloween costume this year.
The love story between the two is actually a little bit heartbreaking; I don’t know if it’s just because I’m an emotional mess but I found myself holding back tears more than a few times. The dynamic between the two is comedic genius in terms of timing, and it’s endearing how perfect they are for each other. Did you realise the coat she’s wearing in the finale is the one he wore on their first date? Cute.
The actual storyline isn’t much when you think about it, but it works. Instead of trying to cram a whole twenty part adventure into two hours they’ve stuck to the basics and made it great. It’s clever in that it’s an introduction to a character that starts right with the action, and then does the backstory in flashbacks.
The two X-Men featured in the film are Colossus & Negasonic Teenage Warhead (yes – real name). They serve as the ‘proper’ superheroes of the film, and Colossus in particular is very persistent to get Deadpool to join them in Professor Xavier’s school. Both are funny, Negasonic in moody emotional teenage way & Colossus in his inability to understand everything literally. However, I kind of felt that maybe he was something they had to include in the film in order to get the go ahead for it, but that could well just be down to me not really liking cgi characters all that much. But both of them had really cool powers & some really cool moments, and newcomer Brianna Hildebrand is a really special find.
Es Skrein is brilliantly sadistic as the bad guy of the film, Ajax (otherwise know as Francis). He no longer feels pain or emotion after going through the same experiment as Wade, which makes him one of those calm & charmingly evil villains that makes him actually scary at times. The humour is constantly brought back to it though through Wade’s continued taunting of his real name Francis – the name is even spelt out in bodies at one point. His ally is Gina Carano as Angel Dust, who is also artificially-mutated and possesses superhuman levels of strength and speed. She’s sassy & badass & has one or two good lines, but I do kind of feel like they could have done more with her charaycer rather than just give her matches to suck on.
The two other major characters are T.J Miller as Weasel and Leslie Uggams as Blind Al – two of Wade Wilson’s closest friends. Weasel is the brutally honest & dead pan humour best friend, who serves the drinks at the bar where all the mercenary for hire tough guys hang out, & Miller is brilliant as him. Blind Al is a blind old woman and Wade’s roommate. The dynamic between the pair is hilarious; his honesty with her is endearing & at times gross, & her foul mouth & love of cocaine is startlingly fresh. The other key character to mention is Dopinger the taxi driver, who gets more hilarious with each visit.
It’s how self aware this film is that makes it so different. There’s constant jabs at the studio for not giving them a big budget, so many references about Ryan Reynolds’ role as Green Lantern and even a few jokes about Hugh Jackman.
The Deadpool movie is the perfect redemption for the shabby job previously done for the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Even the after credits scene is perfect – a direct parody of the after credits scene from the classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off featuring Wade in the same striped dressing gown. And Stan Lee’s cameo is BRILLIANT.
I’m a massive fan of this film. It’s been a while since I properly enjoyed a Marvel film and Deadpool has changed that all around.
Please make the sequel good.