Sorry, I just couldn’t resist making the romantic Deadpool poster as the cover for this post! It was just too good to pass up! This is just one of the examples of the brilliant marketing strategy 20th Century Fox has done to promote the film. This is probably one of the reasons as to why there is a lot of buzz surrounding the Merc with a Mouth’s first film opening.
And, no, his appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine doesn’t count!
Getting a monstrous amount of hype, however, is a double edged sword. Sure, you’re getting a lot of good publicity off the bat but, at the same time, you may be setting your potential viewers’ expectations too high. Deadpool has definitely has a lot of people eager to see what’s all the fuss is about and people are expecting a lot from it… including myself! So I made the decision long ago to blow off work the day it was going to be shown in the the Philippines. And, ladies and gentlemen, that day is today! I just got back from watching Deadpool and I’m going to deliver my thoughts on the film in this review… which is why you’re reading this, I assume.
But before we get to the review proper, I would just like to reiterate that this is going to be a SPOILER-FREE review of the Deadpool film. Just want to say that again just in case! Anyway, on with the review! But first, a trailer in all its Red Band goodness!
Deadpool is about Wade Wilson, a soldier turned mercenary. He falls in love with a girl named named Vanessa. The couple were living happily until Wade discovers he has cancer. He agrees to undergo a shady “experimental treatment” to get rid of the disease. The treatment gives Wade an accelerated healing factor but scars his entire body from head to foot. Oh, and it turns out the ones giving him the treatment wanted to make him into a super slave. Wade does manage to escape and makes it his mission to hunt down the ones responsible.
First thing I have to mention is that, boy, if there’s any movie that deserves an R rating, it’s Deadpool! The film may not be a gorefest but there are a lot of blood and guts spewing all around the place! There’s also a copious amount of nudity, which, I’m happy to say wasn’t cut out of Philippines cinemas unlike the butcher job they did with 300: Rise of an Empire! Because of the amount of sex and violence, Deadpool kind of feels like a throwback to the action movies of the 80s and 90s. You know, before everyone became so politically correct. There’s a certain feeling of… freedom that makes it so refreshing to watch.
The cast is, for the most part, pretty good. Of course, we all know that Ryan Reynolds was meant to play the Merc with a Mouth. He’s a huge fan of the character and was one of the people championing the film to get made. He does a phenomenal job of bringing Wade Wilson/Deadpool to life. Even when he’s in costume and you don’t see his face, you still know it’s Reynolds under that red and black mask because of the delivery of his lines are spot on! Morena Baccarin is also great as Vanessa Carlysle, Wade’s girlfriend. She does play a weird kind of Manic Pixie Girl but it just works and her chemistry with Reynolds is just perfect!
Everyone else does a good job for the most part. TJ Miller looks like he’s having fun playing Weasel, Wade’s good buddy. Leslie Uggams does a fine job as Blind Al, Deadpool’s roommate and confidant. Ed Skrein and Gina Carano are okay as the villains Ajax and Angel Dust, respectively. Brianna Hildebrand is also good as the awesomely named Negasonic Teenage Warhead and the CGI who portrays Colossus is also well done. Too bad they’re not really given that much screen time! They all feel underutilized. Yes, this is a Deadpool movie but I do wish they spent more time with these characters, especially Blind Al!
As I mentioned before, the movie totally deserves its R rating partly because of the amount of blood and guts. This, in turn, makes all of the action scenes in the film just a joy to watch! It may seem gritty but, at the same time, makes the entire film look more like a comic book than a really serious film, which is a good thing as it matches the tone of the film perfectly! When you see Deadpool slice off the head of a bad guy and then kick it at another bad guy, it feels like you’re watching a cartoon. A really, really bloody good cartoon!
However, I can see some viewers having trouble stomaching the other reason why they gave it an R rating: the sex. There are going to be some naked boobies in the film as well as some simulated sex scenes. However, these scenes actually work well in the flow of the story. They’re in there for comedic relief in a sense but, like I said, I can see some people getting up in arms about these scenes… because sex is bad! Bad bad bad!
As good as Deadpool is, the film is still pretty flawed. Deadpool is definitely center stage throughout the film but I do wish they gave a little more time to flesh out the supporting characters. You only really get like roughly 10 to 15 minutes of screen time with them, which is a shame. The overall flow of the story doesn’t really work all that well. It’s not bad but it just doesn’t really follow a consistent rhythm.
The biggest issue I actually have with the movie isn’t a bad thing. The film runs at a respectable 1 hour and 45 minutes but it felt rather short! I just really wanted more Deadpool antics! I guess my expectations were really high for the film so I kind of expected a lot more craziness and more crass humor. I did get it but I do wish I could’ve seen more!
Overall, Deadpool’s first and only movie outing is really, really good! It’s not for everyone, though. People who have a distaste for tasteless humor, immature sex and violence won’t like it one bit. For the rest of us, however, Deadpool won’t disappoint!
Have you seen Deadpool? What did you think of the film? Let me know in the comments section below!