Deadpool has been a bone of contention for fans of superhero movies ever since Hollywood discovered that they could mine the pages of popular comic books for movie franchises. Fans of the foul-mouthed anti-hero have waited years for him to get his due on the big screen, with only a much-reviled cameo appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine to show for it. But thanks to the dedication of star Ryan Reynolds, finally, the “Merc With A Mouth” gets his chance to shine. Deadpool is a bawdy, foul-mouthed, ultra-violent, hilarious movie that definitely earns its “R” rating. The movie almost certainly won’t be for everyone, but also stands alone as something unique in the expanding world of superhero movies that should be recognized.
At its roots, Deadpool is really just more of the tried-and-true, an origin story about how a guy named Wade Wilson ended up with extraordinary regenerative powers and a body that looked like it got too close to a nuclear explosion, and decided to use his powers to become a superhero. Of course, Deadpool isn’t really a heroic character, but like he says, when your worst enemy kidnaps your best girl, even an insane sociopath like him will end up doing the right thing, especially if it means he gets to murder his way through an army of gun-toting mercenaries. Despite all the claims to the contrary, deep down Deadpool really is a good guy, and this movie actually is a fairly touching love story, albeit one that comes with a non-stop barrage of gruesome killing sprees and the absolute darkest of black comedy.
Even though he spends 90% of the movie either in horribly disfiguring makeup or under a mask, Reynolds shines as the wacky title character, delivering jokes and insults with a flair that somehow makes graphic jokes about questionable sex acts hilarious. The constant patter coming from Reynolds as Deadpool, combined with the non-stop action scenes that take place on a regular basis, keeps the movie rolling at a mile-a-minute pace. Aside from a few early tender moments between Reynolds and co-star Morena Baccarin (playing a hooker with a heart of gold whose past might actually be more messed up than Deadpool’s), there are no slow moments in this movie, and that’s a good thing, because the frenetic pace ensures that the laughs, the graphic kills, and the plot points just keep coming. While other comic franchises have become more serious, Deadpool revels in its comic book roots and never misses an opportunity to make a joke, even in the bleakest of situations. It’s refreshing to watch a comic book movie that isn’t so caught up in self-seriousness, and Deadpool’s ability to “break the fourth wall” and address the audience directly or acknowledge that he’s in a movie only adds to the hilarity.
Overall, Deadpool is a shockingly great movie, and should be considered one of the best superhero films created thus far, right up there with X-Men, Iron Man, and The Avengers. The incredibly dark sense of humor and high levels of violence definitely aren’t going to sit well with some people, but if that sort of thing doesn’t bother you, there’s an incredible film that’s well worth watching. If you’re into Deadpool, or superhero movies in general, you’re probably already got your tickets, but if you need some extra reassurance, we’re here to tell you that Deadpool is a hilarious, can’t miss, thrill ride that you should absolutely go and see right now. However, and we can’t stress this enough, do not bring your kids to see this. This is definitely a superhero movie for adults, with everything that represents, and you don’t want to be stuck with the therapy bills.