Deadpool was probably the most anticipated superhero movies in a while. After its rather modest budget of $58m (only around a third of most superhero film budgets), it pulled in a whopping $260m worldwide in it’s first four days. I went to see it in its opening weekend, and I have to say, I was not disappointed.
I had grown tired of superhero films recently. I’ve just been sick of seeing the same formula being played out over and over again, even my beloved Spiderman was getting to be tedious. So when I started seeing the promos for Deadpool sometime last year, I have to say, I was intrigued. And when I found out that this was gonna be one of the first superhero films rated 15, my interest was suitable peaked.
I think what captured me was that Deadpool (played by Ryan Reynolds) isn’t a superhero, but an anti-hero. There are many things that are reprehensible about him on the surface, but good-natured underneath it all – a sort of chaotic good. It’s kind of like the feeling you get when watching Breaking Bad. You’re thinking, “Am I rooting for Walter? He’s an awful person, but I kinda don’t hate him.” Much is the case here with Deadpool, but with a lot more dick jokes.
Deadpool is different to other superhero movies for many reasons. The world isn’t ending, and New York City isn’t in danger. It’s about an obnoxious, kinda vain guy, who sacrificed his body to science in order to cure his cancer, and does, but at the expense of his good looks. It then becomes a revenge story about hunting down the guy responsible for Deadpool’s disfigurement.
Deadpool (or, if you prefer his non-hero alias, Wade Wilson) is atypical to many of the characters in the Marvel Universe. He’s very aware of the fact that he is a fictional character, often breaking the fourth wall for comedic effect. He’s the reluctant X Man with a core morality. He’s violent, inappropriate… and he won’t shut up, which is why he’s commonly known as the merc with the mouth. However, I liked the motor-mouth aspect of Deadpool’s character – he’s the smartass you love to hate.
I also liked how director Tim Miller had structured the movie’s story. We weren’t taken from origin to main conflict in a chronological fashion, but rather moved back and forth throughout the film, fluidly through time in a way that wasn’t confusing. There wasn’t a moment that dragged or felt dull, which is great when you’re not a comic book movie nerd. I felt compelled and suitably entertained by the story.
Though the film is probably geared more towards the teenage boy, with all the gruesome violence and innuendo, I do think that this film has a little something for everyone. My personal highlights include: the soundtrack, Firefly‘s Morena Baccarin and her ageless face, Stan Lee’s seedy cameo, any exchange between Deadpool and Negasonic Teenage Warhead.
Even if comic book films aren’t your thing, I still urge you to go see this film, I guarantee that you’ll get some good laughs out of it. And hey, go for the peek of Ryan Renolds’ butt, if anything (amiright ladies?)