I have a confession — I’m a nerd, and I love comic book movies. I’m neither a Marvel, nor DC fanboy, and I don’t like EVERY comic book movie (Green Lantern wasn’t very good, nor was Thor: The Dark World to name 2). But for the most part, I know that I can go to the theater and just have a good time.
Well, I’m happy to say that Deadpool is one of the good ones. It’s R-rated “for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity”, and it certainly earns its rating — so this is probably not a film that you will want to bring your children to.
First of all Deadpool is very funny — not every joke worked for me, but enough of them did that I laughed a lot. In some ways, it was a typical superhero origin story, but Deadpool (aka Wade Wilson) is not a typical superhero — he’d claim that he’s not a hero at all. He’s an assassin, a hired killer, and he finds humor in others suffering (well, the bad guys at least), and he kills a whole lot of people in the film, joking and wisecracking through much of the over-the-top violence. And he frequently addresses the audience directly (‘breaking the 4th wall’). A lot of the humor is also directed at movies, and actors (even Ryan Reynolds, himself, who plays Deadpool). The movie actually references Green Lantern (who also was played by Reynolds), Wolverine: Origins (which introduced a Deadpool, also played by Reynolds, who had his mouth sewn shut). And there are frequent jabs at Wolverine and Professor X and the X-men in general. In fact two X-Men make an appearance in this film: Stefan Kapicic as Colossus, and Brianna Hildebrand as “Negasonic Teenage Warhead” (whoever made up that name either deserves to be fired, or promoted — and I have yet to make up my mind about that). There’s a running joke through the movie that Colossus keeps criticising Wade/Deadpool about his foul language, and keeps trying to convince Deadpool to be a hero, and maybe join the X-Men, but Dead keeps insisting that that’s not him.
The Morena Baccarin plays Vanessa, Wade Wilson’s love interest in the film, and the love story between them is quite believable. When they find out that Wade has late-stage cancer and not a lot of time to live, both of them are crushed by the news. Wade gets an offer from a stranger, telling him that he represents an organization that can cure him, but not only that, turn him into a superhero, and as he’s running out of choices, he reluctantly accepts that offer.
Ryan Reynolds fought to get this role, and fought to get this movie made, and his dedication, and he’s perfect for the role. I also really liked Morena Baccarin (who I’ve been a fan of ever since I saw her in the TV series Firefly). I always love seeing her on the small and big screen, no matter what the role. I will say that, as in a lot of Marvel films, the villains were the weakest link. But that’s Marvel’s style, and Ed Skrein (as Ajax), and Gena Carano (as Angel Dust) were adequate, but not particularly interesting. I will say that the fight scenes involving those two with Deadpool, Colossus, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead were kinda fun (I particularly liked the last two and how they interacted with Deadpool).
And in case you are curious, yes, Stan Lee does make his obligatory cameo in the film, and there is a short after-credit scene. I won’t say more than that. My final verdict is — if you are old enough, go and see it. There’s nothing deep here, no complex plot, no life lessons taught, no inspiration or deep thoughts will be inspired by the story. It’s simply a good time at the movies, and nothing more. But that’s good enough for me.