Movie Review: Deadpool


Warning: Deadpool is a very graphic and profane film that uses it’s R rating to the extreme in all senses. This is NOT a film for children or people who do not like high levels of profanity and violence. However, if you are fine with any of this, you will most likely love Deadpool.

Deadpool is the first comic book movie of 2016 starring Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson aka Deadpool. The film is also the directorial debut of visual effects artist Tim Miller. Also in the film is T.J. Miller as Weasel, Ed Skrein as Ajax, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlysle, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Gina Carano as Angel Dust. The film follows Deadpool on his journey to hunt down the man who ruined his life.

This movie is hilarious. There is a large amount of references in the movie that you might miss a lot of them. Ryan Reynolds perfectly fits Deadpool. He spews jokes constantly and is always ready to break the fourth wall. That along with his healing factor make for some of the most fun action set pieces in recent years. The dialogue is great especially between Deadpool and Weasel. Their scenes together are some of the most memorable parts of the film. One of my favorite aspects of this film was the inclusion of X-Men members. Colossus is the complete opposite of Deadpool and wants him to join the X-Men team. However, Deadpool does have some serious moments. It finds a good balance between unpredictable humor and serious character building moments.

The plot of Deadpool is very simple, but that works for the movie. What keeps Deadpool from being generic is the humor and action that set it apart from other Marvel origin films. It also benefits from not being told in chronological order. The film doesn’t make us wait to see Deadpool in action and is more enjoyable because of this. The villains are also pretty simple but they are a nice change for the X-Men films before Apocalypse in May.

The action in this movie is very creative. The over the top violence makes them very memorable and the humor is present throughout. Deadpool’s healing factor and fourth wall breaking add constant humor to the well done action sequences.

If you have been following what it took for this movie to be made you will love the opening credits to the movie. They perfectly set up the tone of the film and are the funniest intro credits since Monty Python and The Holy Grail. Also in the film is possibly my favorite Stan Lee cameo in any Marvel film.

Deadpool is a nice breath of fresh air for the Superhero movie genre. With all superhero films having larger stakes and stories it was nice to see a smaller and more personal story that really fits the character.

There is so much fun to be had with Deadpool. It is a film that has heart. You can really tell that the creative team behind this film, Ryan Reynolds included, love this character and wanted to do as much justice to him as possible, and they definitely succeeded. Just knowing about the background of this film gives me an even greater appreciation for the film. If you have no problem with violence and profanity then you will really enjoy this movie.

Rating: Deadpool perfectly depicts its character and is the film that fans have been waiting for.