DEADPOOL has finally joined the Marvel movie franchise on the big screen, pulling in a total of $130 million over Valentines weekend alone. I simply had to grab the popcorn to witness the most anticipated movie of year so far…
Deadpool is finally here. Not some crappy toned down imitation and certainly not an inexplicably overpowered version with his mouth sewn shut for some bizarre reason. No, the Deadpool we know and love, the true merc with a mouth, is here in all his R-rated glory.
And man is it good.
After compiling together some CGI footage of the undoubtable potential a Deadpool movie could have a few years back, star Ryan Reynolds deserves every bit of credit for the production of this film. The tone of the movie and the casting is absolutely spot on and fans of the comics will feel truly satisfied in the supporting roles of Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) and Weasel (T.J Miller) making their big screen debut.
If anyone has seen any of the trailers, you’ll be expecting two hours of witty lines and casual R-rated violence. If you’re expecting this, you’re dead right. However, the movie does manage to touch upon Wade Wilson’s personal life beyond the tight red spandex. Centring most of the main plot around his stripper turned fiancé, in the form of Meghan Orlovsky (Taylor Hickson).
(Who else would Deadpool be in a committed relationship with, other than a stripper?)
Before the whole film turns into a soppy cry-me-a-river love story, Reynolds’ expertly delivered one liners instantly switch things around back to the full on comedy-action that this film promises.
One of Deadpool’s main superpowers is his remarkable ability to break the fourth wall. For those who don’t know what this means, he can talk to the audience whilst still being in the film. Where others may fail with this technique, Reynolds thrives. In one scene, he even jokes a ‘fourth wall break within a fourth wall break’ and in one of the films many hilarious altercations between Deadpool and X-men Collossus, he remarks ‘I’m not speaking to you, I’m speaking to them’. A unique device which is just one of the many reasons this movie propels itself lightyears ahead of others in the superhero genre.
Fans of the Marvel cinematic universe may be wondering where exactly does Deadpool fall into? Is he X-Men? Because of his fourth-wall break can he reference the Avengers?
Well, simply put, it’s the X-Men universe.
Visiting Xavier’s school for gifted mutants, to only find Collossus and the awesomely named Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Deadpool establishes himself as part of the X-Men universe, even toying with the idea of joining the team itself. Acknowledging the fact only two X-Men characters show up, Wade exclaims himself: ‘It’s weird how in this big mansion there’s only you two, it’s like the studio couldn’t afford more X-Men…’
Deadpool is a refreshing addition to the superhero genre, completely flipping itself upside down and then spinning it around some more leaving whatever remains all shaken up. That being said, there’s only so much shaking up to a genre you can do. The main plot of the story is one we’ve seen a million times before. Something bad happens, superhero goes all broody, girl gets kidnapped by the films big bad, superhero gets their act together to go and save the day. Sound familiar?
That being said, the delivery of this film’s very nature makes the glossing over of this Ant-Man sized flaw easy as Deadpool raises the bar even higher for those to follow.
We’re looking at you Batman vs Superman, X-Men Apocalypse, Suicide Squad, Captain America: Civil War and Thor: Ragnorak…
By Nathan Smith
Oh by the way, just like a mid credits scene, there is a mid credits scene, one which you should definitely stick around for, promise!