I spent Valentine’s Day watching Deadpool, which in my eyes was a perfect movie choice. You have to admit, there’s a bit of a fit: all the red, the passion…of..killing and gore…anyway, as Wade Wilson himself tells the audience, the movie is a love story (and horror too). To be honest, I was a little afraid when Deadpool was becoming a movie with a R rating. Knowing Deadpool’s humor and violence, there were so many ways this movie could have went and not in a good way. I’m glad to say that there was no cringing (much) and there was just the right amount of balance of snarky humor, violence and fourth wall breaking that Deadpool is known and loved for.
“Guy came in here looking for you. Real Grim Reaper-type. I don’t know. Might further the plot.”
The story is pretty standard: mercenary Wade Wilson agrees to undergo a crazy experiment in order to cure himself of multiple cancers only to have the “cure” disfigure his skin and give him regenerating powers. Wade, getting pissed he no longer has his Ryan Reynold’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ looks, hunts down Ajax, the man who did this to him. Violence and humor ensue in typical Deadpool/Ryan Reynolds style.
If you want to talk about good comic book adaptations, Deadpool is one of the best, if not the best comic book movie adaptation to date in terms of getting the tone down. For those unfamiliar with the comics, Deadpool is notorious for breaking the fourth wall, talking to the reader directly and making meta jokes of the studio he was created in. The movie did a great job in putting those in.
“It’s a big house. It’s weird I only ever see two of you. Almost like the studio couldn’t afford another X-Man.”
After watching the opening credits of “The Overpaid Tool” Director and “The Real Heroes” Writer team (which they really, truly were), the viewer should already get the hint of what kind of movie to expect. The action is gruesome and epic to watch with typical, excessive gymnastic-like twirl jumping and cutting off limbs, but all Deadpool fans would know the true action comes from Deadpool’s mouth (hehehe). I don’t think there were doubts who would play The Merc with the Mouth if he ever went to the big screen (the mind still boggles that this actually came to pass) and Ryan Reynolds brought it. The romance between Vanessa and Wade is cute and crazy. When I heard that Morena Baccarin was cast as the love interest I didn’t really like the idea (I will always see her as the graceful and beautiful Inara), but she was surprisingly great as Vanessa. I even enjoyed the chemistry between herself and Ryan Reynolds. Speaking of Vanessa, I loved how the movie treated her, and the other women in the movie in general. Vanessa worked in a strip club yet there were no jokes or comments about it. To give Wade some credit, he treated her job as it was: a job. And I’m assuming he never made her change her job once they started dating, not because he would butt in if anything were to happen, but most likely because Vanessa would take care of it herself. Then kick Wade’s ass for thinking she couldn’t handle it. Their relationship really surprised me. Deadpool notwithstanding, Negasonic was treated as an equal: Colossus emphasized she was his partner and didn’t look down on her based on her age or gender. At least, that’s what I sensed. Angel Dust was the generic villain muscle-lady, but the fact she was owning Colossus for a while was kind of epic.
If it weren’t for Deadpool/Ryan Reynolds I would say the 2 X-Men are the stars of the movie. I’ve always had this weird crush on Colossus, but this movie definitely upped the notch a bit with his cute professor/babysitter/dad demeanor towards everyone. Negasonic Teenage Warhead is amazing and Deadpool’s teasing just makes her presence even better. I would love to see some mini-series of Colossus and Negasonic’s adventures.
I think it’s pretty safe to say that Deadpool was a success in the box office and might have possibly started the age of rated R comic book movies. There’s already news that Hugh Jackman’s final run as Wolverine will be R rated. With the success of this movie, maybe they can afford to fill the big mansion with more X-Men appearances.