Wow. Just….wow. Ryan Reynolds fought an over-the-top battle to get a true-to-the-comics, R-rated Deadpool movie to fans for 16 years, and the end result is not just a great comic book movie, but the funniest one ever made. The Merc With a Mouth was the role Reynolds was born to play. It’s a truly insane film, worthy of the truly insane character it starts. This is the role that is finally going to make Ryan Reynolds a star. It’s getting fantastic critical reviews, breaking box office records and they’re already working on Deadpool 2 (Reynolds will even tell you about it the post-credits scene). I can’t wait. This was fun from the credits (which will be hard to top for any 2016 film) til they turned the lights on. As long as you know what you’re getting into, Deadpool is pretty much the best portrayal of the character in any medium that’s ever existed.
I am honestly not a huge Deadpool fans. In the comics, I think a little Deadpool goes a LONG way. For those unfamiliar with Wade Wilson, he’s a mercenary mutant with a healing factor similar to Wolverine (who gets mercilessly mocked throughout the whole film). He’s also deeply, deeply insane. In the comics, he believes he’s a character in a comic, so he’s constantly talking to the reader. It thus makes sense that he would think he’s in a movie, and break the fourth wall. In fact, he breaks the fourth wall while breaking the fourth wall in the film giving us cinema’s first breaking of 16 walls. The problem in the comics is making Deadpool in any way sympathetic or likable or relatable, and the movie manages to do this by making the film a love story (yes, seriously). It’s really a kinda twisted love story about Wilson hunting the man who disfigured him and finding a way back to his girlfriend (Morena Baccarin).
Deadpool is firmly in the X-Universe Fox created, though you won’t have to be familiar with any of the other movies to enjoy it. Colossus is dispatched from the Xavier School to deal with Deadpool and brings his student, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (really her name), with him. Deadpool attempting to beat up Colossus may be the hardest I’ve laughed in a year. In fact, I laughed most of the way through the film. I’ve always liked Ryan Reynolds, I have an extremely twisted sense of humor and if you possess those two qualities, Deadpool will slay you (pun intended).
Deadpool is a perfect example of a character being the best he can be in a film stacked with people who are thrilled to be working on the project. As I predicted, there were idiot parents who brought their kids into a hard R movie. I honestly would love to have Deadpool handle them. The plot is pretty simple and the villain is nothing special, but for the most part, if the movie has a flaw, the movie will likely point it out, make fun of it and it’s a quick 1hr. 47 minutes of absurdist action. Bravo to Ryan Reynolds for pushing for this as long as he did. He hit it out of the park and FOX has themselves a spin-off X-Men franchise that doesn’t rhyme with Scmolverine. MAXIMUM EFFORT!!!