Review: Deadpool Is Crude, Juvenile, And A Perfect Adaptation Of The Character
Director: Tim Miller
Screenwriter:Rob Liefeld (character), Fabian Nicieza (character), Rhett Reese (screenplay), and Paul Wernick (screenplay)
Principal Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skerin, Stefan Kapicic, and Brianna Hildebrand
Summary: A form Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerating healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool
When they announced a Deadpool movie back in 2009 a lot of people were equal parts wary and wary. While Ryan Reynolds made a great Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine his Deadpool was a shadow of what the character could be. There were delays, and while Reynold’s seemed very keen on the idea the project just never got moving the way it could have. Somewhere in between Wolverine’s release and the present day, superheroes became the biggest thing on the planet and someone leaked test footage of Deadpool onto the internet. There was a large and very positive fan reaction so Fox decided to make the movie happen. It was one of those movies I was refusing to admit existed until I saw it myself.
Deadpool is a wonderfully R rated comic book movie for adults that has the juvenile comedy that the character is known for.
My main concern for the Deadpool movie is that Deadpool is a character that tends to get a little old the longer he stays around. That’s why I tend to prefer Deadpool’s miniseries over the ongoing titles. I was worried that Deadpool would overstay his welcome in his own movie. The movie oversteps this problem by breaking up the movie’s story. We start at the end of the second act and the movie switches between the past and the present until we’re all caught up. It means that the actual segments where Deadpool is Deadpool aren’t consistent. It keeps Wade from getting too annoying when a defining character trait is how annoying he really is.
While this movie is a comedy and there are plenty of jokes, there is also a real humanity lingering just below the crude humor and the violence. This is, as Wade tells us directly, a love story. Deadpool is known for breaking the fourth wall; he is a character that is aware he is in a comic or in this case a movie. That love story is what helps keep the movie together as watch a perfectly cast Reynold’s Wade in a very messed up but honest relationship with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). Reynolds has always had great comedic chops but NAME matches him beat for beat and their banter is fantastic. The two X-Men that Fox could afford to get into this movie are great as well with Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) being the straight man to Deadpool’s comedy and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) as a teenager who is over Deadpool and everything about him.
While I do think the way the movie is structured helps us from getting too sick of Deadpool himself I’m not entirely sure it always works. After a while you start to get a little impatient for the big battles to continue. There are really only two big action scenes; the highway scene and the big fight at the end. I have a feeling that the structure of the movie and the lack of real, huge action scenes comes down to the movie being modestly budgeted. That’s a good thing because while the humor is funny it is not a movie for everyone. The R rating should not be taken lightly and no one under the age of seventeen should see this. I can think of adults that probably shouldn’t see this movie. They do not pull their punches with how crude this movie gets and if that isn’t your thing then don’t bother.
Deadpool is a movie that was written for a very specific audience. If you’re not a member of that audience but you tend to lean toward the juvenile humor you might get a kick out of it. I am a member of the audience that knew what I wanted, what I expected, from a Deadpool movie and this movie met them easily.