Deadpool movie review: Fast, Funny, Filthy, and Fab!
The way Deadpool movie starts with that credit sequence, you realize that the trailers and all the marketing that went behind the flick did not give us a wrong impression. This movie was going to be kick-balls! Suffering a humongous delay of almost 10 years, Deadpool has finally risen from the ashes. Like Ryan Reynolds, comic book fans were equally tired of the project being held off. Then in the summer of 2014, THE test footage leaked and the fan base went bonkers. Taking cue from the surprisingly stunning reactions, Fox studios literally got the green light to make an R-rated superhero flick. Now you’ll ask if their decision paid off. I’ll say Hell Yeah!
Deadpool tells the story of Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), an ex- special force member, who works as a gun-for-hire presently. His life takes a beautiful turn when he meets Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and falls for her. But their happiness is short lived as Wade finds out that he is suffering from late-stage cancer. For the good of Vanessa, he accepts to undergo an experimental surgery which is supposed to cure him of his disease and provide him with ‘special’ abilities. But thanks to Ajax and Angel Dust’s torturing methods, Wade is cured at the cost of looking hellishly disfigured. So yes, this origin story of the merc-with-the-mouth is actually a find-and-kill mission underneath.
Tim Miller makes his directorial debut and he has hit the bull’s eye! From adapting the source material from comic books to bringing it off in a way which is unexplored in the superhero genre, he really deserves an applause for putting Deadpool’s character on screen in this manner. Giving opening credits like ‘Directed by Some Overpaid Tool’ and ‘Produced by Asshats’ gives one an idea of how much passionate, involved, and bold the creators are. Not to forget the men behind the screenplay, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland, 2009) give us hilarious dialogues; in the form of funny comments on the superhero genre, studio and pop-culture references, and the fan-gasmic moments where Deadpool breaks the fourth wall. There is one moment where the mercenary even ponders how the movie saw the light of the day; brilliance! Amidst all these crude jokes and gags, the sentimental quotient is still there as we feel sorry for Wade Wilson when he gets diagnosed with Cancer. His love-story with Vanessa is kind of a fairy-tale which comes out as a dramedy (with its own share of humor) which is touching. The action is frantically paced, brutal and raging with our Spandex-suited Anti-Hero cursing, slashing, and shooting his way through the bad guys. The opening action sequence (the leaked test footage) is eye-popping and the SFX throughout the film are neatly done.
Ryan Reynolds plays the titular character of Wade Wilson/ Deadpool, and he is fantastic! He totally immerses himself into the character and it seems as if his contribution both on-screen and off-screen has finally paid off. He plays both the emotional Wade and the unheroic potty-mouthed mercenary with utmost conviction. Morena Baccarin is gorgeous and fiery and her chemistry with Wade Wilson is the emotional touch which goes in favour for the movie. The support cast of Ed Skrein as Ajax, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Capicic as Colossus and TJ Miller get considerable screen time and make the most out of it.
Deadpool feels like a different superhero flick because it IS different! Kudos to the developers to bring the subversive character from the pages of the comic book released first in 1991; that too like this! This movie actually proves that even if the character is atypical and distinctive, its big screen experience would be far more enjoyable and satisfying if there is a smart, hard-working and sensible team behind it.