Review: You probably haven’t seen a “superhero” who had a Liam Neeson nightmare as in Taken trilogy; or one who did 127 Hours to escape; or one who kept spurting out raunchy jokes for more than 100 mins; but Deadpool is going to make you witness one.
Sure thing you might hear about Deadpool is: he’s an awesome and definitely fan-favorite snob who loves breaking the fourth wall to nudge audiences; and, definitely, not the one we saw in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (although Ryan Reynolds is ‘that’ Deadpool). Lucky, this Deadpool brings the cocky, energetic, self-aware Merc with foul mouth at his very core. But, even if you never heard any single thing about Deadpool, that won’t be an issue – because Deadpool loves to do us a courtesy to narrate his own origin story.
One thing for sure, Deadpool loves to dabble in his own jokes and that’s literally what he does. Starting the movie with an awesome sequence involving an aggravating opening credit which mocks everybody with honest description is one thing; but when the movie actually begins in medias res, that’s where the fun begin—with lots of blood, bad puns, and high-octane energy.
What would we expect when Deadpool decides to narrate? He takes the hard way—stuffing it with X-rated jokes and randomizing his biography to make it even funnier. Meanwhile, the actual plot is as simple as the Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool a.k.a. the Merc with mouth (the one and only Ryan Reynolds) seeks for revenge to people who have deceived him and made him into a Freddy Krueger-like creature, especially when they’re making trouble with his lover. However, Deadpool himself makes it fascinating with his uncensored gags and his penchant to break the fourth wall – even he breaks the fourth wall on a breaking-the-fourth-wall scene and calls it ‘breaking 16 walls’. He’s just hilarious.
Definitely it is hilarious, but not Marvel Cinematic Universe kind of hilarious; it’s Deadpool kind of hilarious… possibly like Spider-Man’s but raunchier. His self-aware jokes are fresh and mostly avant garde; the subject of it might vary, but always be relevant to the scene. From wearing Hugh Jackman’s mask to self-nudge about Green Lantern or calling other people with references from other movies – e.g., Agent Smith from The Matrix, Ripley from Alien3, or Gandalf from The Lord of the Ring, there’s almost infinity source of jokes for Deadpool.
On a different note, there’s actually nothing new to offer in Deadpool but a fresh, unapologetic, and almost-obscene story-telling, which differentiates it from any superhero movie ever made. Tim Miller – animator turns first-time director – might optimize all resources he got to ensure Deadpool being a game-changer as an entertaining movie. All the action scenes are juxtaposed well with every joke from the mouth of the Merc and all the fatalities are ultraviolent and juicy without being too serious.
Deadpool’s blessing is his curse as well; and it works the same in the movie. The titular character likes to be under the spotlight as he almost neglects most supporting characters and even the villain. Ryan Reynolds is at his life-time performance to bring up the genuine Deadpool into screen, and his Deadpool literally steals almost all scenes. Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hilderbrand) have enough screen-time to show off, but in the end, their roles are going nowhere fast. Meanwhile, Ajax a.k.a Francis Freeman (Ed Skrein) actually passes the test to be a worthy Marvel villain under Fox standard (except Fantastic Four, all Fox’ Marvel’s villains are much better than Marvel Studio’s) only to get overshadowed by Deadpool’s anti-hero persona.
In the end, standing ovation should be given to Ryan Reynolds and colleagues for finally showcasing genuine Deadpool with his unapologetic, loud, and salacious mouth. The end-product might be flawed, but Deadpool is bloody hilarious.
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Adaptation, Comedy Directed by: Tim Miller Written by: Rhett Reese (screenplay), Paul Wernick (screenplay), Rob Liefeld (character), Fabian Nicieza (character) Starred by: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein