Deadpool (2016) – Review

Deadpool (2016) Poster

Directed by Tim Miller

Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, Stefan Kapicic, and Brianna Hildebrand

Length: 1 hour and 48 minutes

Genre: Action, adventure, comedy

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“A fast-talking mercenary with a morbid sense of humor is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge.”

Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), a former-soldier-turned-mercenary, meets the love of his life, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), at a bar where local mercenaries and seedy characters hang out. After a montage of love-making, it is clear that the two are compatible in the way that puzzle pieces fit together, and their brief moment of happiness is interrupted when Wade finds out he has stage-four cancer. In a bid to seek a cure, he is contacted by a representative for the mysterious Ajax (Ed Skrein), a.k.a. Francis, who offers him the chance to become a superhero and have his cancer cured. After agreeing, he finds out that this was a Faustian deal, and he is horribly deformed by his mutation. Seeking revenge on Francis, Wade takes on the moniker Deadpool and hunts down the man who destroyed his life.

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Do a barrel roll!

The story in Deadpool (2016) hops around in time. We meet Deadpool on the way to kill Francis, but then have to backtrack to how he met Vanessa, was diagnosed with cancer, got deformed, and then found Francis. Montages help to show time passing and allow for the plot to keep its pace without getting bogged down by the backstory. These flashbacks are interspersed with the main timeline that eventually catches up when Wade loses Francis after the intervention of Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) from the X-Men.

The action and violence are highly stylized and brutal. One of the most iconic scenes, due to Deadpool leaving behind his ammo bag, finds him taking on multiple enemies with only twelve bullets. As he takes them down one by one, he counts each shell, regardless of whether they make a kill or not. The CGI, which this film uses heavily, is very well-done so that it is often difficult to see the transition between it and live action. A lot of the film was also shot on green screen, which makes sense (I mean, they only paid for two X-Men, why build an entire mansion set that would be used in two scenes?).

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Breakin’ all the rules…erm…narrative walls.

In the original comics, the Merc with a Mouth is known for his wise-cracks and jokes, as well as breaking the fourth wall and commenting to readers in his comments. This is kept up in the film, which leads to many moments of levity and an understanding of Deadpool’s character. We see all of the torture he undergoes, his relationship with Vanessa, and his line of work so it all makes sense when he goes on his revenge murder spree. However, he also struggles with his past and penchant for violence, knowing that he cannot be a stereotypical hero despite Colossus’s attempts to bring him into the fold.

Deadpool (2016) was an absolute box office smash when it came out two years ago, and its sequel did just as well. Though there have been R-rated and gory comic book movies in the past, none ever rose to the prominence in popular culture as this revenge tale with a twist. It is a testament to what can happen when casting, writing, and directing all work in conjunction with a character who is outrageous and likeable despite his flaws. Though it is technically a superhero movie, it combines comedy, violence, drama, and tragedy in such a way as to create a compelling story that was executed with maximum effort.

Verdict: 4 chimichangas out of 5

Recommended for: Fans of Deadpool, people with an immature sense of humor, jaded superhero movie fans, comic book geeks, fans of fourth-wall breaks, and people who didn’t enjoy Green Lantern (2011).

Not recommended for: Francis, children, the squeamish, those who dislike blood and gore, overly-mature people, people who dislike Ryan Reynolds, jocks, and people who enjoyed Green Lantern (2011).

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20 thoughts on “Deadpool (2016) – Review

  1. I am more of a DC fan than Marvel and I haven’t even watched Green Lantern solely based on word of mouth. I don’t need that kinda crap in my life. This movie though was so good and I loved the little jokes it made about its budget throughout it. Great review!

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  2. While I agree Green Lantern is a bad film (two villains in an origin story, really?…oh and Ryan Reynolds’ Hal Jordan is basically a rip-off of pre-Deadpool Wade Wilson even though GL was filmed 5 years before and doesn’t go with the tone of the film), however there was one element that was perfect (at least to me) and that was Blake Lively as Carol Ferris. And because the film was so bad we were robbed of Lively being Star Sapphire, who could have been a fantastic villain in a future GL.

    Anyways back to Deadpool which was simply hilarious. I could not stop laughing or just wearing a big smile on my face when I first watched this film.

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  3. I loved this movie, it beat my expectations. I guess Ryan Reynolds was cut out for this role, anyone else might have made a mess of it.

    The problem now is I can’t imagine him donning any other role/character…I mean unless his character is doing trash talking.

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  4. A great movie, and another step in the process of broadening and redefining the comic book-based movie genre 🙂 The sequel is pretty good as well, though obviously not so original 😉

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