Deadpool: Not Your Average Marvel Movie
What can I say about this movie? Normally I would pan it for being Ryan Reynolds, playing Ryan Reynolds in a Ryan Reynolds movie and, really, this is what it was. However, all I got was Deadpool so that is pretty incredible. I’m not trying to disparage Ryan Reynolds but to say he’s been type cast would be an understatement. He is always the smart-mouthed pretty boy in his films. Deadpool is no exception but it doesn’t suffer for it. In fact, I didn’t see Ryan Reynolds acting once; he was always Wade Wilson/Deadpool.
Also let me give you this Public Service Announcement—I will tell this is not your typical Marvel movie; yes it’s funny, yes there are X-Men in it, no it is not for children. This movie is heavy on violence, strong language, nudity, sexual content and language, so it is not targeted at the typical Marvel audience. It came by its R rating honestly. Please don’t take your small children, it isn’t “The Avengers.” Now that the PSA is out of the way, on with the review.
The story isn’t anything we haven’t seen before, but at the same time it is; it’s an origin story of Deadpool told by Deadpool, who is a flawed narrator and is aware that he is in a movie. So, while the origin story isn’t a new concept, the way that this one was told was original and well done. Make no mistake, this is a Deadpool story; you get humor from the opening credits and actually in the opening credits. The story and the visuals are also full of easter eggs, enough for casual and long term fans of the franchise, but at the same time the humor doesn’t take away from the story because of the constant breaking of the fourth wall and hyper self awareness of the character of Deadpool. Despite the fact that much of the story is similar to what we’ve seen in previous superhero origins, the original way in which it is told, the humor, and how they stayed loyal to the character of Deadpool saves it from being stale. 8/10
The acting was pretty amazing too, I mentioned the type casting of Ryan Reynolds and normally that would be a strike against the acting but in this case it was a bonus. Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool and did not disappoint. His quips and humor perfectly fit the “Merc with a Mouth”. Morena Baccarin as Vanessa was pretty amazing too; I hope to continue to see her in more roles as she’s played a mother, alien overlord, spy, doctor, and sex worker and she has slipped into every role like it was crafted just for her. Everyone else was just as good but this movie was all about Deadpool. 7/10.
Unfortunately where Deadpool falls short (like so many other superhero movies) is it’s inclusivity. While there are women, and people of color, they are background, under underutilized, or there to fulfil sexist tropes like damseling. Even though there are multiple women, it fails the Bechdel-Wallace test. However, one thing that impressed both myself and Bell (who also saw the movie on opening night), at no time did they shame sex workers. It wouldn’t have been difficult—Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) is a sex worker, there is a scene in the movie set in an exotic dance club, and nothing—not one joke, or shaming comment so that is a huge mark in its favor. The other problem (that also may not be a problem) is that because of the self awareness of the movie it can be difficult to tell if it’s being problematic or subversive of the problematic elements of the film. 6/10
Where Deadpool completely redeems itself is how mindblowingly awesome it is. From the opening credits to the final end credit scene the movie hits the awesome button and doesn’t let go. Humor, action, breaking the fourth wall, everything that people love about Deadpool in the comics is perfectly translated onto the big screen. For all those who were worried about how well this movie would go, you will not be disappointed. Fight scenes, explosions, dialogue, they all hit what you would expect. Even if you only have a passing understanding of Deadpool, you will have no problem getting into the the movie and people who know nothing about Deadpool have an excellent movie to see. 10/10
As the first entrant into the superhero genre for 2016, Deadpool sets the awesome bar pretty high, possibly even out of reach for the upcoming titles. I cannot recommend this movie enough; it was the most fun I have had at the movies in a long time. Now to go make the fucking chimichangas!