STARRING: RYAN REYNOLDS; MORENA BACCARIN; T.J. MILLER; ED SKREIN
DIRECTED BY: TIM MILLER
AMovieGuy.com's RATING: 2 ½ STARS (Out of 4)
Deadpool is the anti-superhero, throwing his middle finger in the air, while using swords to carve up his own path. The comic book mercenary and foul mouthed renegade, brings a much needed jolt of energy to how the Marvel movie is told, but also lacks the quality story needed to make a movie great. With the use of fourth wall breaking humor, action, and nudity, it earns it's hard R rating. Lead by a smart-ass performance from Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool is another mediocre origin story, only this time it has a bit more fun along the way.
If you don't know or remember who Deadpool is, you may recollect his first appearance in 2009's critically disdained X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Reynolds, brought his snarky Van Wilder charisma to the Marvel universe, while playing off the seriousness of other beloved characters. Here, he continues to follow suit, only this time, he is narratively changing up the style. There's a smart opening credit sequence, which features calling first-time director Tim Miller “an overpaid tool”, and often poking at how “fondling the balls” of Wolverine was the only way he could get his own movie. It's all enjoyable to a certain degree, until we get to the point where the story needs to take place, and then it's all quite formulaic.
His real name is Wade Wilson, before he fancied to be the man who wears a mouthless red mask. He spends his time among other lowly scum at a back alley bar called Sister Margaret's Home for Wayward Girls, swigging back shots with his bartender friend Weasel (played by the often hilarious- T.J. Miller). He eventually bumps into the like minded, beautiful, and equally damaged prostitute Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), who reveals the soft spots in Wade's sarcastic heart. Through a funny montage of holiday sexcapades, we see their love grow, before an unexpected health diagnosis turns life upside down.
Just when their loving gets good, Wade is given a diagnosis of terminal cancer, which leads to our “hero” making the drastic decision of volunteering for mutation torture by a sadistic man named Ajax (Ed Skrein). Wade quips, “just don't make the suit green. Or animated!” even jabbing at Reynold's 2011 failed effort as the Green Lantern. They inject him with a “mutant” serum, and send him through a gamut of medical techniques. After one rude snark too many, Wade lands himself in a machine that finally stresses him enough to activate the serum, thus giving him his mutant super healing abilities. His cancer is healed, but it leaves his body wrinkled like a California Raisin, fearing that Vanessa won't love the monster he's become, and a new enemy in Ajax (by far one of the most lackluster villains in Marvel movie history).
This is where the straightforward cliched origin/revenge story settles in. We flash back and fourth to where Deadpool originally started, in an opening bloody shoot-em up sequence (entertaining, but way too brief), fully equipped with constant camera asides (“Oh shit, did I leave the stove on?”), funny comments on pop culture references like the Taken movies, appearances from the X-Men Characters Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and the shaved headed, often Tweeting, human fireball known as Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). I'm not exactly sure why they chose these two characters, perhaps the producers had a fun game of X-Men roulette? Their involvement is simply to remind us that Deadpool is part of the X-Men universe or because the film lacks confidence in their own main character. Either way, their inclusion almost ruined it for me.
Overall, I won't take away the fact that Deadpool is a fun time at the movies. Not to mention, I loved the well placed soundtrack of songs, such as Salt-n-Pepa's Shoop or Chicago's You're the Inspiration, which only add to the carefree attitude this movie has. Reynolds is relishing his moment with this character, and besides, Deadpool is the kind of movie that could care less about what others think of it. They are not trying to save the day, they are trying to shake things up.
2 ½ Stars
Written by: Leo Brady