Review by J.T. Johnson
DIRECTOR: Tim Miller
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Ken Seng
WRITERS: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
MUSIC: Tom Holkenborg
“Deadpool” is the kick in the balls the superhero genre needs. I’ll be the first to admit that with all the superhero films coming out this year, I was beginning to feel a little burned out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to go see “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Lame Ass Titles” and “Captain America: Civil War”, but I’m also looking for something a little different from the genre.
Thankfully, the heavily R-rated “Deadpool” was the different take that I was looking for. It is a hilarious send-up of the very genre it belongs to. The jokes, bullets and blood fly from the moment the movie begins.
In fact, the first action sequence is pretty much a recreation of the famous test footage that was leaked. That same footage that showed 20th Century Fox that there was an audience for this kind of movie. Everything you would want from a Deadpool movie is found within.
Ryan Reynolds finally gets to play the antihero he was born to play. The story begins with Deadpool trying to track down the man who made him into the deformed superhuman that he is. Then, Deadpool brings us back to the beginning where mercenary Wade Wilson is immediately attracted to Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarin) and then diagnosed with terminal cancer.
After this origin setup, the film simply follows Deadpool as he tries to track down Ajax (Ed Skerin) in order for the villain to cure Deadpool of his physical deformities. It’s a simple setup and it works all the way through. In addition to Deadpool, we also get X-Men Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hilderbrand) in on the action, both of whom support Deadpool well.
Of course, it would not be “Deadpool” if the main lead and the film itself didn’t break the fourth wall. It begins from the start with mock opening credits (Produced by Asshats) and the movie also contains several references to Reynolds’ past as both Green Lantern and as Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. And yes, there are several references to Hugh Jackman as well.
There are so many easter eggs in this movie that it will definitely take repeat viewings to catch them all. One of my favorites is when Colossus makes reference to Professor X and Deadpool says, “Which one. Stewart or McAvoy.” That kind of humor is found throughout the movie and almost all of it works.
The best thing I can say about “Deadpool” is that it is a superhero film that definitely doesn’t take itself too seriously. This also ends up making it one of the best superhero films that I’ve seen in quite awhile. I’ve never been the biggest fan of the comic book Deadpool over the years. I never hated the character or anything like that, but I just never really could get into the character for one reason or another.
However, like “Thor” before it, I left the film wanting to read more about the character. It made me a fan. Reynolds and the rest of the cast were fantastic and you can tell they had a good time making the movie. If you are a Deadpool fan, then you will definitely love this movie. I can’t wait for the sequel and it has been well worth the wait for audiences to get the proper yet filthy Deadpoll movie they deserve.
P.S. – Stay for the end credits. It’s well worth it to see the movie that they spoof and the information that is confirmed for what we should expect from the sequel.