Movie Review: Deadpool (2016)

Posted: June 12, 2016 in Action, Comedy


Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) was a Special Forces operative and is now a mercenary, who helps women get rid of stalkers, among other messy but necessary duties.  He meets the love of his life, Vanessa,(Morena Baccarin)  who’s a lady of the evening.  Everything is going well for Wade and Vanessa until Wade finds out that he has late stage cancer.  Wade meets a recruiter (Jed Rees) who says he can cure the cancer.  Wade finally gets desperate enough to try the treatment, and meets a man named Ajax (Ed Skrein) and his assistant Angel Dust (Gina Carano) in a dingy laboratory.  Ajax means to turn Wade into a super mercenary, and then sell him to the highest bidder. Ajax and Angel Dust take turns torturing Wade, until he mutates into a man with super strength and incredible healing ability.  The bad news is the treatment and torture left him looking like Freddy Krueger. Wade wants to find Ajax and Angel Dust, and exact revenge on them for disfiguring his face. He also wants to find Vanessa and explain his absence.  He is joined by Colossus  (Stefan Kapacic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) two X-Men.  Does Wade find Ajax?  Does he find Vanessa?

Deadpool is a very funny movie, in fact, comedy saved this movie from being another run-of- the-mill superhero action movie.  Deadpool  is supposed to be an anti-hero, but I don’t think the script gave him enough of an edge in going for so many laughs, the character lost his dangerous side.  The backstory reminded me too much of Wolverine, a military experiment, yields a superhero who heals himself and is therefore indestructible. Stan Lee is nearly 140 years old, so these superhero origin stories  must feel like they all run together after a while.  There is gratuitous sex and violence, the love story is more like lust at first sight, and the women are objectified. If this is a love story, you my dear reader, have a very low threshold of what constitutes love. Vanessa is a prostitute, Hollywood’s favorite profession, and Angel Dust’s ample cleavage is hanging out of her outfit for every scene she’s in. The writers try to add some seriousness to the film by giving Wade a terminal illness,  but when the laughs disappear, so does the modus operandi  for this movie, and so the terminal illness just becomes a plot device.  Of the new characters, Colossus seems like a rehash of The Hulk meets Arnold Schwarzenegger, only Negasonic Teenage Warhead stands out as a fresh and original character. The ending of Deadpool is predictable, but it’s still better than Guardians of The Galaxy.

Ryan Reynolds does a good job of squeezing every last laugh out of this film, in fact his voice sounds like fellow Canadian Jim Carrey sometimes. I’m glad for him, I’m glad he doesn’t have to make movies like RIPD or The Green Lantern, but he’s still not a good enough actor to make the viewer feel anything in the more serious scenes.   Morena Baccarin plays Vanessa as part sex-kitten and damsel in distress, and really adds little except a few jokes.  Briana Hildebrand is funny as petulant teen Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Ed Skrein reminds me of Jason Statham, with his speech patterns and mannerisms. Gina Carano brings her MMA skills and her substantial measurements, but very little acting skills to the film.

The direction is good, the pacing is fast, lots of different angles and crane shots, and Reynolds broke through the 4th wall lots of times, and talked to the audience a lot, I don’t know if the director gets credit for that or the writers, but it added another dimension to the film.  Tim Miller is best known for the visual effects on Scott Pilgrim vs the World.  Not a great film.

Deadpool :  Goes off the deep end.


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