Deadpool – Spoiler Free Review

After one failed attempt at properly bringing the character of Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool, to the big screen via X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and years of failing to get an actual faithful Deadpool film green-lit, actor/producer Ryan Reynolds has finally released his Deadpool movie with first time feature length film director Tim Miller at the helm. Since its first teaser trailer dropped last year, the hype for Deadpool has been high. Furthermore, that hype continued to grow as the film was given a very well put together advertising campaign. But does Deadpool live up to the hype, or is this just another failed attempt at a Marvel Comics film by 20th Century Fox? (I’m looking at you, Fantastic Four).

deadpool-gallery-03Story-wise, Deadpool isn’t breaking any new grounds. As you can tell from the trailers, Deadpool is one part revenge story and one part save-the-damsel story. That being said, its pacing and format makes it feel like more than just a simple revenge story, as it cuts back and forth between his origin and his present-day revenge mission. I appreciate this format over telling the origin first and then getting into the main plot after.

Deadpool features its fair share of sex, swearing, and gratuitous violence, which should be expected and accepted by any fan of the character. Those looking for a family friendly Marvel movie set in the X-Men movie universe should look elsewhere. Although, the trailers have done a pretty good job showing us what tone to expect from the movie, so people shouldn’t be too surprised going in. Parents, be warned.

While it is definitely violent, the violence is very stylized and fits perfectly with the shoot’em up style action. The action is by far the strongest part of the film and should keep viewers thoroughly entertained. We are treated to an even blend of gun fights, sword fights, and super powered mutant action.

Ryan Reynolds does a commendable job as Wade Wilson/Deadpool. This is the role he was born to play (not Green Lantern, obviously). People who know the character should be pleased with his performance and will see it as being very faithful to the character. All that being said, the weakest aspect of Deadpool was, sadly, the comedy.

Deadpool is advertised as a comedy and feels like it’s supposed to be a comedy, but unfortunately a lot of jokes do not land. The majority of the jokes that were funny didn’t register more than a chuckle, and I think I only laughed out loud 3 or 4 times. I do have to point out that while watching this movie in a packed theater, I just had to be sitting next to one guy who found every single joke funny. That probably made me laugh more than the film itself. A lot of the pop culture references and seemingly improvised lines from comedian T.J. Miller just didn’t work all the time.

deadpool-gallery-05-gallery-imageWhile the comedy didn’t always land, most of time the jokes came out quick and ended quick before more expository and developmental dialogue was spoken, making the jokes seem like just part of the actual dialogue of the movie. In other words, it’s not like after every joke there’s a record scratch where you know you’re supposed to laugh. It’s just how Wade Wilson talks.

I could go more into the negative aspects about the film, but would rather not spoil anything. While I didn’t find the comedy all that funny, I never felt bored watching the movie, and there were some jokes and fourth wall breaks I did appreciate. I remained entertained throughout the movie and enjoyed the characters and relationships between Deadpool and his love interest, Vanessa, played by Gotham‘s Morena Baccarin. Also, not only is this the first faithful adaptation of Deadpool the character, the film also featured the first faithful adaptation of X-Men’s Colossus, as he was usually given the short end of the stick in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men films. Colossus was surprisingly one of my favorite elements of the movie.

Overall, Deadpool was a fun ride with some top-notch action. Director Tim Miller definitely deserves a lot of credit, considering this is his first time directing a feature-length film. Deadpool should most definitely please hardcore fans of the character and entertain mainstream audiences just looking for a fun popcorn movie. I say check it out, and as usual, don’t forget to stay after the credits.