Deadpool, directed by Tim Miller is a hilariously violent adventure that surprisingly had me laughing, and certainly had me entertained. This is a film that captures the tone of Deadpool perfectly, but the film isn’t without problems; pacing, a troubled stacking of plots and a underwhelming cast of supporting characters means that Deadpool is a film that lives and dies on the lead performance my Ryan Reynolds… but is that enough?
The story in Deadpool is pretty simple. We follow a blossoming relationship between Wade Wilson (Deadpool), played by Ryan Reynolds and Vanessa, played by Morena Baccarin, but tragedy of course strikes (in the form of cancer) and Wade Wilson takes a dangerous opportunity to get cured and also get super powers at the same time. This doesn’t entirely work and now Deadpool sets out to get revenge and get back the life he had before the body altering experimentation.
So first and foremost is the role that Ryan Reynolds was born to play, Deadpool. Reynolds absolutely nails this character and there is perhaps no better fit for the constant joke touting maniac than him. The film really does rest entirely on his shoulders and he comes and more than delivers. His comedy is on point but also the few human moments of the character come off in a believable fashion. All the way back when he was cast in the abysmal X-Men Origins Wolverine as Deadpool, fans have known that he was perfect for this role and it was really annoying that the chance was robbed from him. Well fans need no longer be annoyed as Reynolds knocks it out of the park and has now definitely brought the 4th wall breaking jokester crashing onto the big screen.
Now while Reynolds and the character of Deadpool are straight killing it on the screen, the same can’t necessarily be said for the films supporting cast. First up there is Morena Baccarin who does her best with what she has but her character is barely there. I felt no connection to the character of Vanessa and in turn this went on to harm the romantic element of the plot that she is so key too (but that’s something I’ll dissect in a moment).
The film is also lacking in any sort of engaging villain. Ed Skrein plays Ajax, an emotionless, sadistic man whose nerves endings have been fused and thus he feels no pain or as the film puts it, he feels nothing. While I liked what Skrein tried to do in this role – he at times definitely had menace to his performance – I never really understood or cared what his motivation was. This was a character that was more or less there for the sake of it.
Now someone who does bring it, and bounces well off of Reynolds in scenes is T.J. Miller who plays Weasel. Both Miller and Reynolds have some great scenes together and almost always bring the laughter. I got the sense that a lot of their scenes were the two of them improvising lines and having to break once or twice because they would improv something to a hilarious degree. While the character of Weasel is as under developed as everyone else it didn’t really matter because it was just so much fun to see him and Reynolds play so well off of each other.
The next thing I have to touch upon is the plot in the film. While the story in Deadpool is simple it is also a bit of a mess – and being pulled in two directions. On one hand you’ve got the blood filled disaster zones as Deadpool goes on the revenge path, and on the other you have the romance element of the film (the thing that is driving Deadpool on those blood filled excursions). Now I wouldn’t have had any problem with the film having both of these elements – the problem is that tonally it doesn’t work. It’s really hard to take any of the emotionally gushy moments seriously and then also let the section of your brain that laughs at fart jokes be around for them as well – certain areas of the brain just can’t cohabitate like that. This kind of breaks the driving force of the film; I didn’t care about the love story angle of the film because it didn’t work alongside its counterpart. The film jumps back and forth between extremes, which makes it impossible to keep up or keep engaged at all times.
Deadpool also has the problem of a low budget which in turn means that some of the action scenes aren’t that well done and all of the CGI is distractingly awful. Now personally I don’t want to mark the film down too much for this because I think that with the limitations that director Tim Miller had, he did a pretty decent job. I was certainly entertained by a lot of the shooty, sword swinging extravaganzas that the film offered up, even though some didn’t float my boat, and in the end I still had a lot of fun.
I want to take a quick aside here to talk about something that the film Deadpool has only confused me more on – the Fox cinematic universe of superhero films (yes I know Deadpool isn’t strictly a superhero but just roll with it please). Fox have X-Men (which is a confusing mess on its own) The Fantastic Four (of which you can read my not so positive review here) and now they have Deadpool. Supposedly all of these films are in the same universe and if that is the case then God help us because that now means that trying to unravel and understand how all these films are in the same universe is up there with if there is a higher power that controls all of this. Seriously Fox have messed things up so much that I hope they retcon any sort of same universe stuff and just let the films enjoy some quality time with themselves.
Another quick aside – Deadpool now offers up the most unexpected and ballsy cameo from Stan Lee ever. You have to see it to believe it.
So does Deadpool as a film pull it off? Well Ultimately, despite its issues, I think Deadpool works. I had so much fun in this film and something happened that I wasn’t expecting to happen – I laughed, like a lot. If you can look past some of the issues the film has then I think Deadpool does it, it pulls it off. I know I wasn’t expecting it to either.
So yes I will be recommending Deadpool. It’s funny, it’s violent and in the end was a film that knew exactly what it had to be and then did it. Go and enjoy Deadpool and support a superhero film with a high age rating because we need more in this bloody-less, dull climate that we’re currently living in.
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