Not like other Marvel outings, this riotous and violent action film is both an unconventional superhero flick and love story. It’s gleefully bold in being rude, bloody and constructed with pacy excitement. This is a great addition to the comic book world that does new things to finally twist the tired guidelines and therefore results in audiences seeing a fun new anti-hero to save the day.
Former mercenary and still loud and dangerous as ever Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) finds out he’s got serious bouts of cancer so he goes to Ajax/Francis (Ed Skrein) to get treatment thinking he’s being made into a superhero, as he becomes immortal. Wilson eventually finds out they’re turning people into slaves so he adopts a suited identity as Deadpool to avenge his torturous capture and win back his one love in the form of Vanessa (Morena Baccarin).
It’s awesome to see a superhero movie hit the screens that doesn’t feel bloated or tired. This project gladly drops the expected formula we’ve come to expect from the MCU and turns it upside down and inside out with added gore. Deadpool is a character that I admit I knew very little of, apart from the look of his costume, but from what I hear this film sticks very well to the source material unlike the X-Men bodge job they made with Ryan Reynolds the first time around. That’s the thing, this film is joyfully frisky because it winks at the whole superhero genre and specifically the X-Men family, to which Deadpool wants nothing to do with.
Tim Miller smashes onto the scene for his debut directing job and whoa Nellie does he show what a capable director for this he is. The way this superhero feature is shot does make you feel like you are witnessing something refreshing. The stylistic shots around the titular character and his fighting style or the zany quick back and forths between scenes does make this film entertainingly different. It’s like Miller seems to care more for the character tomfoolery than typical segwayed set ups for further instalments which are found in most other Marvel pictures. There’s a good amount of style and substance to the directing by Miller which blows apart the comic genre but still leaves enough to make it explosive, recognisable and…dirty.
One of the strongest components in this film is the character of Deadpool himself and the way he presents himself on screen. In fact he realises he is on screen and talks to us, breaking down the fourth wall and inviting us into his mad world. This new angle with self awareness and arrogant charm is a jewel to behold as it sparkles with satisfactory smarts in being a meta type nudge at the whole superhero brand. From his kiddy Adventure Time watch to the hero moving the camera away, Deadpool is a knowing and animated persona that just won’t quit and we’re glad for his maximum effort.
The opening credits alone give us a hint to the different road the film will travel down, what with no cast names but general stereotyped titles appearing for us to read. The best one has to be in the writing where it says something about being the real heroes and those heroes are Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick who really do craft a fantastically clever screenplay just with teenage crudity thrown in for the masses. The interactions between villain and hero or lover and lover are sharp and wickedly dark in places that makes this film stand on the edge, looking down into an abyss it could easily have toppled into if it wasn’t careful. Intelligently the writers carry on staring down at the likes of ‘Dirty Grandpa’ in said abyss as they know how to make the rude moments work.
Ryan Reynolds is a comforting jerk in this film as you feel at ease watching him sink into the red suited menace. It’s clearly a love child of Reynolds as he wants to get this hero right and not CGI green either. What with ‘The Voices’ and elements of ‘Self/Less’ Reynolds is proving himself to be a watchable rising actor from the usual comedy farces he made before. The movements and vocal delivery of him in this are so on point that he is Deadpool and there’s no denying it. Morena Baccarin steps away from the DC world of ‘Gotham’ to play the equally un-PC Vanessa to match up with Wade. She’s gorgeous and feisty in this film and not subjected totally to background boredom. Ed Skrein is the obligatory British villain as they themselves mention and he does it well, the rough tone to his voice helping shape him as a non-stop antagonist for Wilson to face. T. J. Miller serves his purpose as the comic relief and is still believable as a kinda friend of Wilson’s. All of this and I still haven’t mentioned Blind Al, Dopinder, X-Men mutants Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead who are all characters that get enough screen time for us to buy into them.
Whether we’re seeing Matrix like bullet countdowns, Hugh Jackman digs or knowing narrations lead us back to the origin story, this movie is colourfully manic but in a very very good way.