Over the past sixteen years we have seen a lot of the X-Men franchise from Fox get butchered because all they have done is take the characters from the comics and pretty much make up whatever story they want, practically ignoring the source material. Now, I have to admit the movies have been enjoyable but it is something of a travesty when you completely disregard the story just to make a buck. However, I do believe, for once, Fox has made a proper comic book movie and the punchline is they had to make it rated R for them to do it. In my professional opinion, or personal opinion (details), as a movie and comic book geek Deadpool was a HUGE success.
From the opening credits the tone of the movie was given shape. When you start it off by introducing your cast as ‘God’s Perfect Idiot’ (Ryan Reynolds), the writers as ‘The Real Heroes’, and the director as ‘An Overpaid Tool’ then you know immediately that Deadpool himself wrote the script …or at least got to the teleprompter to change a few things. Let’s face it, that is a classic Deadpool move.
I have been hearing a lot of negativity about Ryan Reynolds being cast as the Merc with the Mouth and I have to say, I have been in full support of him being Deadpool and this movie definitely put the Nay Sayers in their place. I have never been happier with a casting choice the way I am with this one. Ever since seeing him as Wade Wilson in the horrible origin story, I knew he was Deadpool. His smart-alecky remarks in that movie and undertones of a dangerous man, that is Deadpool minus the crazy. In this movie, we get the full package!
Once again, we are given another origin story. I know, it is starting to get tiresome with all these origin stories. Wouldn’t it just be easier to gloss over the origin? There are times where it would be but with a character like this we do kind of need to see where he came from. How they did it I kind of question but I do see how it would work. Anyone who is a Deadpool fan knows why he really wears the full body outfit is because of the massive amount of scar tissue that is a byproduct of his mutation. He has a healing factor like Wolverine with the side effect that his wounds still leave scars after they heal up. That is where the scar tissue comes from but with this story they say it is a cause of the experimentation that was done to him and is an indicator of the mutation. Slim but I can go with it. And just to add something more to it they throw in a love interest and a recruiter, in the form of Colossus. I am happy that they finally made him Russian but they made him CGI the entire time he was there (cheaper I guess then hiring a real actor to portray him).
But the big thing that I love about the story is that Deadpool still breaks the 4th wall. It is one of his well-known qualities. He knows he is a comic book character and now, he knows he is a movie star …oh, no! We have just stroked his ego too far! …and he has us using innuendo!!!
Again, this is one of the reasons why I feel that for once Fox has made a proper comic book movie. Deadpool is not a character for kids. Never has been. This was a concern of mine when I heard that they would make this movie. Would they wuss him down to make him a family friendly movie? And the Gods heard the prayers of all true Deadpool fans and made it rated R for the violence, the language, and the sex. Now it is not full of sex but there is a scene in a strip club where we see a gratuitous cameo. Deadpool is not a ‘Hero’, super or otherwise. He is just a comic book character that is just completely out of his mind but for some reason we love him.
…what does that say about us?
What else can I say? I have seen this movie three times already and will probably see it again at least once more. I am very happy with how this movie turned out. I will be getting it on Blu-ray. And I will be looking forward to the sequel, which there have been reports that they have already begun shooting. Oh, and do be sure to stick around for the end credits scene. Hope you are a John Hughs fan.