Directed by Tim Miller, starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein, Brianna Hildebrand, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni and Gina Carno. A former special forces soldier turned mercenary is subjected to an experimental new treatment after discovering he has cancer which leaves him horribly disfigured and mentally insane.
(I apologise this is a long review)
11 years ago we were first introduced to the character of ‘Wade Wilson’ through ‘X-men origins: Wolverine’ and while initially Wade seemed to be close to the character we know from the comics, the studio horribly misjudged the character and created their own version of Deadpool. Needless to say, this move was met by those familiar with the character with anger, and thus begin my journey into the world of ‘Deadpool’.
Before ‘X-men Origins: Wolverine’ had been made I was only vaguely familiar with the character of Deadpool, but owing to the unified outcry from the internet I started investigating and reading everything I could find on the character. That is where my love for this character began. Deadpool is a mentally unhinged, fourth-wall breaking character with the best comedy marvel comics has to provide. I may be wrong in saying this but I think he totally unique compared to Wolverine, who has numerous characters who are similar.
I followed the ‘campaign trail’ led by Ryan Reynolds, for whom I am a massive fan, as he fought with ‘Fox’ to have this film made, when unexpectedly test footage of Deadpool arrived on the internet, totally CGI but with Ryan Reynolds voicing Deadpool and causing a green light for the film by ‘Fox’. My heart leapt out of my chest and into the sky for joy, even wearing my Deadpool t-shirt on the day to signify to the world my enthusiasm for the film.
Three things started happening once filming began which were not only very intelligently performed but also proved a testament to fans everywhere that this film was going to be as authentic to the comics as it could possibly be. This seemed almost implausible for Fox to achieve on the basis of the recent ‘Fantastic four’ debacle. So through Twitter, Viral videos and the really repetitive but intelligent trailer showcasing the same material with DMX’s ‘X gonna Give it to ya’ played every time. Ryan Reynolds and his team of Deadpoolians had to deliver something truly magnificent or else face another wave of hatred from the internet.
Having seen the film yesterday, I can tell you it is magnificent, so magnificent in fact that due to geographical timing I was able to, very cheekily, see the film twice within an hour of each screening. This is something I can honestly say I have never done but am so glad that I did.
I can see why this film will not appeal to everyone and I am astounded that they managed to obtain a 15 age rating, it really ought to be an 18. There is extreme gore, violence unlike any comic book film and a great deal of nudity. This is the Deadpool we all wanted and wished for so many years to be made while also enabling certain characters to be used who have been in previous Marvel Films, produced by Fox, but whose adaptations we were never happy with.
I won’t spoil the film by revealing anything about the plot that is not already known, nor the unbelievable amount of ‘easter Eggs’ or references. Instead, I want to discuss the important of this film within the context of the ‘Superhero Film genre’ which has oversaturated the market, but which could be remedied by ‘Deadpool’. My argument is the oversaturation of the ‘Comic book genre’ which is not due to the genre of comic books themselves but to the direction the studios choose to go. Each film closely follows the same formula, unless it’s an origin story. A group of heroes sometimes from across the world are banded together to fight a super power that is threatening to destroy their entire world. The group will bring different qualities and each is struggling with individual dark pasts or actions they have previously made which now trouble them. Something pivotal happens in the third act which causes comradeship to occur in order to stop the villain and do so by effectively destroying entire cities or bridges every time.
I do love comic book films and there is nothing wrong with this formula when used in a period of once every 3 or 4 years, however when every single comic book film follows the same recipe and given the amount of these films that have both been made and are due to come out, you are going to have a large basket full of one product, and you can only have so many before you feel full or sick.
Deadpool is a much-needed breath of fresh air which places it distinctly from all other comic book films while cleverly acknowledging them. He is able to be a lot more open with regards to his sexuality ‘HURRAH’ and his ethics are like nothing seen before with a large healthy dose of feminism. Deadpool is one-of-a- kind and his film is certainly that with not one single boring note being played.
OVERALL ***** The most refreshing Marvel film there has been in years, strangely from ‘Fox’. It is funny, violent and breaking all kinds of walls, Deadpool is the very thing needed at a time where superheroes are seen on TV and in Films everywhere.
RECOMMENDATION – If you’re a fan of Deadpool then go and watch, a fan of Ryan Reynolds then go and watch (his best film in years), if you laughed at any moment in the trailer then go and watch.