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Deadpool - Opinion :

Deadpool - Opinion :

Ryan Reynolds stars as Wade Wilson AKA Deadpool, in this finally-correct iteration of the iconic anti-hero. Image from foxmovies.com

The first time I remember seeing any version of "Deadpool" the character was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Naturally, like most people, I was completely turned off by how bland that iteration of Deadpool was. It got me thinking, "Wait, so why do people like this character so much from the comic books? If he's this sucky and plain, there must be something more to it, right?" So I did a little digging, and discovered the awesomeness that was Deadpool from the original comic books. What I found in the comics was a hilarious anti-hero who loves breaking the fourth wall, talking to us about stuff, dropping sweet one-liners. It was clear that Fox completely screwed up Deadpool in Origins: Wolverine. So when I heard about a solo Deadpool movie, I was scared at first. Worried that we might get yet another mistake from the same studio and the same actor who portrayed another shitty version of a superhero before (Green Lantern). Well, have no worries ladies and gentlemen, because Deadpool is a really great movie! It hits on everything about the character with striking accuracy in regards to the comics he comes from.

What I loved the most was how the filmmakers used the 4th wall breaking (If you don't know what that is, google it) to their advantage to apologise for the previous versions of Deadpool that came from the same studio. Multiple times, Deadpool breaks the fourth wall and speaks to us, the audience, in our perspective. Which means he states his confusion between James Mcavoy and Patrick Stewart literally, the studio's lack of funds to bring all X-Men into his film, and how unconventional his film is. The result is extremely hilarious, and Ryan Reynolds totally owns in this version of the beloved mercenary turned not-hero. The filmmakers also used the opening credits of the film itself to extreme hilarity; I won't spoil anything, but if you've seen it, you'll know what I'm talking about. 

Image from foxmovies.com

This film is rated R for a reason, and it seem fairly obvious that this film is for the enjoyment of adults. The violence and gore is great not only for how good it looks but also because of how well the writers have integrated it into the comedic relief bits of the film as well as the action sequences. The action sequences themselves are high-octane and breathtakingly shot. I have to say, the opening sequence, which the film returns to a few times to help the audience "catch up", was done better than many other Marvel tentpole films. Thanks to the R-rating, the filmmakers have no problem showing us Deadpool decapitating a bad guy and kicking his head like a football towards other baddies, and it definitely helps them. 

Deadpool does more than just throw in some funny and cool dialogue, he makes numerous pop culture references that are, finally, actually funny as heck! For the most part, movies that throw in pop-culture references into the dialogue often come off as tacky and unnecessary or overused. Not in this movie. More than other films, Deadpool often cites other Marvel films, even 20th Century Fox property films like the X-Men franchise itself. Helping Ryan Reynolds do justice to Deadpool is T. J. Miller, who I just love so much from HBO's Silicon Valley. I wish I'd seen more of him, but he's just there to aid Deadpool's comic relief, which he does well. 

However, the film does have one problem in my view, and it is that it cuts between scenes of Deadpool in funny one-liner mode and Deadpool in usual Marvel-origin-story mode. It certainly doesn't detract from one's viewing of the film, the writing makes sure that there is a reasonable amount of comedic bits even in the origin-story part of the movie, but the plot of it comes off as rather similar to the previous iteration. Also, although the filmmakers succesfully make fun of typical Marvel hero clichés and the inability to get A-list stars to cameo in their film, they still use a British villain, who is pretty much a nothing in the film. Now, I understand why they do this, to comedic use and also since they want to focus on doing Deadpool right, but some clichés become used in this film and even though they make fun of that fact in the opening credits, that doesn't excuse them from doing it in the first place. 

Image from foxmovies.com

Other than that, I think its a great funny Marvel movie that we needed. Before, I was sad that Fox owned the rights to X-Men and Deadpool and other Marvel characters (primarily because of Fantastic Four, both the old and the new), now I'm quite happy actually! We've got good X-Men films (Days of Future Past and First Class, with Apocalypse on the way) and a Deadpool sequel! Way to go guys! Keep it up!

P.S. There is a hilarious post credits scene that makes fun of Marvel post credits scenes. So stay in the theatres.

Deadpool

Director: Tim Miller

Starring: Ryan Reynolds


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