- Posted by Giaco Furino
- On February 12, 2016
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We’ve spent the week relishing in the unhinged glory that is Deadpool. From the best video games featuring the merc with the mouth, to our favorite 4th wall-breaking moments, we’ve been waiting for today—the theatrical release of Deadpool. Fox took a huge chance by releasing this as an R-rated movie, and the question on everyone’s mind is: will this be awesome or will it fall flat? Well, after two hours of toilet humor, graphic gore, and cheesy one-liners I can finally report: it was awesome.
Originally created Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld in 1991 as a villain for the New Mutants, Deadpool (aka Wade Wilson) has gone on to hold a special place in the Marvel world. He’s quippy, he’s a smart-ass, and he breaks the 4th wall by constantly referring to the fact that he’s in a comic book. Though the character has legions of diehard fans, giving him a movie of his own (especially an R-rated feature) seemed to most like a high-risk, high-reward endeavor.
The film follows the origins of Deadpool and his quest to hunt down the villainous Ajax and Angel Dust and make them “fix his face.” This movie really shines in its plotting, which breaks apart the traditional “origin story” model to wonderful effect. Because he’s known for breaking the 4th wall, Deadpool is our narrator and guide through the story of his life. Sometimes this is voice-over narration, and sometimes he looks straight into the camera and starts talking. We begin the story with Deadpool fully powered and in costume, and as he slices and dices his way through henchmen we flash back to his past. This storytelling device alleviates much of the fatigue that comes from watching origin stories, where we spend the first forty five minutes waiting for something cool to happen.
Ryan Reynolds is amazing as Wade Wilson/Deadpool. His voice, with that chipper mid-western lilt, can be heard almost constantly throughout the movie. So if the voice of Deadpool gets on your nerves… stay away. I’m also a big fan of Ed Skrein, who played the villain Ajax. I don’t know why everyone hated him as Daario Naharis for, like, one episode of Game of Thrones, because I think he’s a gem. Add to that appearances by Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (yes, really) and this movie slowly turns into a love-letter for X-Men fans from 1991 to 2001.
The special effects are great, from geysers of blood to large-scale fights. And the action choreography is top-notch. It all feels so playful, so light, and so perfectly attuned to the voice and attitude of its main character. This movie is fun to watch, and it looks like it was fun to make, too.
Whenever you deal with geek culture and geek humor, the question of offense is bound to come up. Will these jokes be offensive? Do we just ignore it if they are? Do we close our eyes and plug our ears and say “we’re being too sensitive”? Well I’m happy to say that Deadpool, while it’s not a model citizen, was much better about offense than I thought it would be. Frankly, I was expecting gratuitous sexism, but the film bristles against action movie tropes whenever it can. In a fight with a female villain, Deadpool asks “is it sexist to hit you? Is it sexist not to hit you?” It’s an interesting question for an action movie, and Deadpool is doing something no other action movie’s done lately… it’s trying to engage in a conversation. Besides, how many superhero movies show a sex-positive, adventurous, and reciprocal sexual relationship?
The best feature of the film, by far, is its pace. Bouncing between comedy and action can often leave a movie feeling too slow or too rushed, but I haven’t seen a movie pull of this type of balance since Pineapple Express. And while some of the jokes are a little cheesy, overall this is a strong, strong entry into the genre.
So if you’re already a fan of Deadpool this movie is for you. If you’re curious about Deadpool, you should go check it out, and if Reynolds’ voice has been driving you crazy through the commercials… stay away, because there’s lots more where that came from.