8 Overall Score
Action: 9/10
Directing: 7/10
Writing: 7/10

It earns it's R-rating.

Not all of the humor works.

Deadpool (2016)

Written by: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick

Directed by: Tim Miller

Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein

Fanboys everywhere may rejoice, for the wrongs once written in the incredibly horrid film X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) have been made right.  Deadpool was, to put it simply, a fun movie.  The over the top violence, raunchy humor, fourth wall breaking, and love story all managed to work in tandem to make for an excellent viewing experience.

The plot is pretty standard fare.  Boy meets girl.  Boy gets terminal cancer diagnosis.  Boy leaves girl to receive unconventional treatment for cancer.  Boy gets horribly disfigured but gains super-powers.  Boy goes after bad guy who disfigured him.  Girl gets kidnapped by said bad guy.  Boy must save girl, etc.  Ok, maybe not so standard when you put it like that, but the film does follow the super-hero movie formula a bit.  But it’s ok, because the film manages to make to it all seem fresh with its wise-cracking self-aware protagonist and non-linear story-telling.

Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), an ex-Special Forces operative turned mercenary, falls in love with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), a woman clearly designed to be every geeks wet dream (I mean she quotes Star Wars, and was on Firefly for craps sake).  Please refer back to the aforementioned breakdown for the remaining plot points, and throw in some cameos by Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead from the X-men, and you have everything you need to know.

What the film does well, is taking the tired origin story trope and making it more interesting by giving it to the audience in short bursts through flashbacks, rather than presenting everything in a linear fashion.  It allows the viewer to be dropped into the middle of the action and excitement.  It never felt like I had to grin and bear it through all the exposition before getting to all the really exciting bits.  All the players do a good job.  Reynolds does a great job with the character and Baccarin provides a great love interest, on par with him.  T.J. Miller was a solid choice for the character Weasel, and Leslie Uggams as Blind Al provides some of the best banter for Reynolds’ Deadpool to play off.  The high points for me were with the interactions with the X-men characters.  Colossus’ moral superiority was a perfect counter to Deadpool’s moral ambiguity.  Funnier still was an embarrassed Colossus shielding his eyes after villain Angel Dust’s (Gina Carano) breast is accidentally exposed during their fight.

While the humor for the most part is solid, there were times when it seemed the writers were trying too hard to be funny.  Worst still, some of the funnier moments in the movie were ruined by the overexposure to the trailer.  Fortunately, there was still plenty left in the film to make the viewing experience enjoyable.

All in all, Deadpool was a lot of fun, and fully deserving of its R-rating.

PS: I wanted to wish everyone an early, Happy International Women’s Day! Mark your calendars, it’s March 8th.



Author: Dan Folgar View all posts by
Dan Folgar received a degree in Cinema Studies from the University of Central Florida in 2008, and is currently working on an MFA in Fine Arts. He is an avid film watcher and an enthusiast who is prone to ranting. Follow on twitter @grim842.

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