Deadpool Review

Deadpool
  • Directing9
  • Writing9
  • Acting9
Overall9.0

Tim Miller's long-awaited Deadpool does the foul-mouthed wise-ass comic book character justice, thanks to a clever script and an enormous amount of passion and energy from star Ryan Reynolds.

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Tim Miller‘s long-awaited Deadpool film has finally made it to the screens, thanks to lots and lots of publicity from star Ryan Reynolds and parent studio Fox going out on a limb and letting Miller, Reynolds and the writers get away with making an R-rated anti-superhero movie that’s not afraid to break the fourth wall.

The film’s opening credits establish the tone immediately and from that point you’re either on board for the entire ride or you’re not. It’s that simple. There really is no in between.

Deadpool is the type of film that’ll appeal to the die-hard comic book fans that have been pissing and moaning (myself included) ever since they ruined his origins in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which just so happens to get poked at quite a few times throughout the film.

Deadpool is also a film for those looking for a non-stop R-rated train of violence, foul language and the occasional spot of nudity. It’s loud and thinks very highly of itself, which is exactly what the character would want for a film that’s centered solely around him.

And director Tim Miller nails it for the most part. Deadpool honestly does feel like something bold and different for a genre that’s been mostly the same to varying degrees. Sure, Marvel has managed to expand and tell deeper and better stories within their Avengers films, but they’re all sort of geared towards that same PG-13 kid-friendly crowd. And that’s fine, because those characters are meant for those demographics.

But what about those craving something a little sillier? Something that’s not afraid to to poke fun at itself, those around it and the entire superhero genre? Deadpool‘s that movie and it mostly operates on a level of being a parody, while also being its own thing.

Some might not feel that it lands where it should when being its own thing, but I beg to differ.

Deadpool set out to be the ultimate telling of the character and that’s exactly what it ended up achieving.

The villains might be a little too cookie-cutter or one-dimensional for those craving a foe that’s truly diabolical, but it’ll do just fine for those focused on the character of Deadpool and watching him become the man that he’s so wildly known for.

And the film succeeds not just because of Tim Miller‘s mostly steady and sometimes innovative directing work that shines during the action sequences, but mostly works as-is during the rest of the film.

And it’s also not just because of the writers and their ability to come up with an endless amount of jokes, gags and references that will fire at you so fast you’ll surely miss a few.

Oh no, Deadpool works wonders because of star Ryan Reynolds. He was born to play the role and he’s been very vocal throughout the entire production about how important it was to do the character justice and make a film that the fans will truly enjoy and remember.

Reynolds is the beating bloody heart of the film and without him the film simply works. He manages to make it work on levels unheard of, because of his commitment to the character and his general ability to play such a smooth asshole without ever running the jokes thin.

He’s constantly spitting out golden lines at rapid-fire and almost all of them stick. Some of the more advertised spots from the trailers might have you initially hesitate, but don’t worry — they’ve definitely saved the good stuff for the actual film.

Reynolds never seems to get tired of talking and Miller never fails to capture a moment without the appropriate amount of energy needed to sell a joke or make the action work.

Occasionally, comedic talent like T.J. Miller comes in and steals a scene or two, but that’s about it as far as other memorable characters go. Gina Carano is as stiff as can be, while Ed Skrein reminds us why he failed to reboot the Transporter series.

But that’s okay, because Miller wisely focuses the camera on Reynolds for the majority of the film.

It’s also worth noting that Fox is approaching Deadpool very loosely in terms of connecting all of their X-Films into one universe. Sure, he could show up in a future X-Men movie, but for now he’s simply operating on his own level, with references and gags acting as the only real connective tissue with the rest of the bunch and that’s fine, because he honestly wouldn’t benefit from sharing the screen with others.

Deadpool is the most fun that I’ve had with a superhero movie since Kick-Ass, which also happened to be my favorite film of 2010. Fans will be pleased to know that director Tim Miller and star Ryan Reynolds have finally delivered on their promise to the fans and gave them a film worth cheering for. It’s a film that’s going to hold up well with repeat viewings, while hopefully opening up the floodgates for more passion projects like this to get made. I’d love to see a variety of lesser-known characters that were previously written off as too risky or too weird get made simply because Deadpool bagged enough cash during its opening weekend.

Those unfamiliar with the character will want to approach the film with caution. It’s not for those easily offended or for those not fond of wise-cracking assholes that you can’t help but to love.

Deadpool is definitely different, infusing that self-aware humor with a dash of video game-like action that makes you just as part of the film as the actors.

Deadpool is awesome.

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