Life After Death
Deadpool is amazing. Not only is it a genuinely funny and entertaining to watch movie but it triumphantly overcomes all obstacles in it’s path.
It’s likely you know Deadpool thanks to X-Men Origins. You will know him as someone whose mouth is sewn shut, has swords for arms and fires lasers from his eyes which is 300% incorrect to the comic book character. Even if it were 200% less wrong it’s still 100% wrong which is impressive.
Deadpool is actually a little known, yet cult character, from Marvel. His only real superpower is the ability to heal from pretty much anything and everything. As a mercenary for hire he is really good with guns but also loves to play with swords and let’s face it who doesn’t?
Given his job role and his aptitude for not dying; he cares little for his own safety and by extension everyone else’s safety but he also takes the superhero moral high ground when it suits him.
This is portrayed perfectly in the film whether it be as small as him threatening a pizza delivery boy to stop stalking some girl or as big as causing a catastrophic motorway pile up in order to kill the person that mutated him and as a by-product ruined his beautiful face.
Deadpool is almost the perfect anti-hero; he fights for good by being bad. He insults heroes such as the X-Men whilst showing a strong fondness for Hugh Jackman and he is also self deprecating, mentally, verbally and best of all physically.
It’s in the moments where Deadpool is being injured or maimed that you can really fall in love with the character. His fight scene with Clossus is absolutely hilarious due to the physical abuse he takes and allows you to relish in that stupid, childlike, joy of watching someone hurt themselves because you know he will heal.
It’s not just the physical comedy that this film excels in because the script written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick make Deadpool genuinely one of the funniest films I’ve seen in a long time.
My initial concern was that the constant drive to be funny would wear thin but this didn’t happen thanks to the brilliant delivery from Ryan Reynolds. He even laughs off his previous crimes as the Green Lantern and the not-so-Deadpool, Origins-flavoured-Deadpool. Make no mistake, Reynolds makes the character his own. His comedic timing is spot on even in the moments where you are essentially watching Jackass: The Marvel Movie.
It’s not all fun and games though. On my naughty list is the villain Ajax (Ed Skrein) who really needed some character development or perhaps even a different actor as I found the dialogue between the him and Reynolds quite stifled and really slows the pacing down in the middle of the film.
Brianna Hildebrand who plays Negasonic Teenage Warhead (an unknown marvel character even to me) is also underutilised which is a shame because having a grumpy, unimpressed teenager around is a fun counterpoint to Deadpool’s eccentricity. My biggest concern though is how this will hold up in a few years. Technically this is not a great film but it is a hell of a lot of fun watch.
Fox Entertainment have taken a risk by rebooting an unknown yet tainted character with a simlarly tainted lead actor and making it family un-friendly but it has been worth the gamble. The film manages to continuously feel fresh even though it does have it’s downsides. I have my doubts as to whether this will stand the test of time but right here and now: Deadpool is very much alive and kicking arse, heads and chrome plated kahunas.
The Good, The Bad and The Outcome:
+ Great Action
+ Character is like the comics
– A bit dull in the middle
– Not the best villain
– Wasted use of supporting heroes