Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, Brianna Hildebrand, TJ Miller, Gina Carano, Stefan Kapicic
Directed By: Tim Miller
A refreshing take on the superhero movie. While Deadpool is not perfect, and perhaps left a ton of fantastic jokes on the cutting room floor, it is a well paced, irreverent look at what might be needed in order to keep the superhero genre fresh and chugging along. What it definitely is, though, is a return to form for Ryan Reynolds who has been in a bit of a slump recently (Self/Less anyone?).
OK, so, it’s not getting a glowing A review from me. Sorry, but I’m a rather well-versed X-Men fan, and even when a film is great, certain “liberties” with origin stories and characters can sidetrack me. First off, that’s not really how Deadpool got his powers. It wasn’t a random program, it was Weapon X. Deadpool comes from the same program as Wolverine, which was probably the only thing that the shitty Wolverine: Origins movie got right. Second, those are not Negasonic Teenage Warhead’s powers. She’s actually more of a precog, and while her powers were definitely cool in the film, giving a character powers she doesn’t have in the comic books is lazy. Why even bother to use a D-list X-Man at all? Why not just create a new X-Man from thin air?
Because they removed the Weapon X aspect from Deadpool, his villain felt anti-climatic. Ajax never felt like a doctor, or smart enough to head his own organization. Yet, somehow, he was. Also, having so many heroes with superhero strength and regeneration is lazy as well. The mutant world has so many diverse heroes, that to have two villains and two heroes in the same vein annoyed me. I know they had “limited choices”, but there must have been someone in the giant X-Men roster they could have used other than Colossus.
However, I do know that this is a Fox movie, and not a Marvel Studios movie, and Marvel can be stingy about the characters they allow Fox to use. However, Deadpool’s success is good for them across the board too, because it draws more people into the genre as a whole. Maybe a few more kids will buy Marvel comic books, and check out Marvel films. I’m not taking off a lot of points for these things, because I have a feeling Tim Miller did the best with what he could. We’re just lucky to HAVE a Deadpool movie.
Ryan Reynolds is perfect, as expected, as Deadpool. It’s the role he was born to play. The rest of the cast is alright. Baccarin is a nice love interest, and Miller works well as Weasel. The villains were kinda boring, and I never thought Deadpool wasn’t going to bitch slap them. I just expected SOMEONE to be above Ajax. That never was the case.
If you’re looking for a fun, tongue-in-cheek action film, this is definitely the best option. Even if you hate superhero movies, you should love Deadpool. It almost borders on a send-up, because Deadpool mocks the conventions of the genre so well. He is very much an anti-hero, but he’s the most fun kind of anti-hero, and not totally brooding in anyway.
Great way to start off 2016.
FINAL GRADE: A-