Deadpool is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and it is the eighth installment of the X-Men film series and the first standalone Deadpool film. It was directed by Tim Miller from a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, and Stefan Kapičić.
The Story/The Direction:
This film follows Wade Wilson (Reynolds) who is hunting Francis (Skrein). After Wilson contracted terminal cancer, Francis gave him his mutant abilities but through the procedure gave him a scarred physical appearance. Wilson went through the procedure due to the promise that it would remove the cancer and he would be able to return to his fiance, Vanessa (Baccarin).
The script is the second best thing about this film which is delivered perfectly by Reynolds. This film constantly reminds that Deadpool is different from all the other superhero films as this is the first R rated film and also that the character of Deadpool is meta by all means of the word. Even so much to make fun of the genre that the film clearly and obviously falls in. The film makes fun of the fact that origins stories are cliche while also being that as well. It knows what it is and it does precisely what it intends for the 108-minute runtime. Miller is able to direct this film in a fairly fashionable way that keeps the film's audience entertained for the entire time.
The absolutely best thing about this film is the Deadpool character himself, played perfectly by Reynolds. This film is his second outing as the Wade Wilson character and his first outing as the Deadpool character as the "Deadpool" in X:Men-Origins: Wolverine was not Deadpool. It seems that Reynolds was born to play this fourth wall breaking, sarcastic, and murderous person. If anything, he carries the film by himself as the rest of the cast only do suitable jobs. The role allows him to use his wit to add a lot of great comedy to the film that keeps it enjoyable.
While this film does set itself apart from other superhero films with its fourth wall breaking and its R rating, it does have the same flaws as some of them. The CGI looks bad at times and shows the film's low budget at times. In addition, to say this is Deadpool's film would be an accurate description of the rest of the other characters are given very little development if any. Furthermore, there is very little depth to this film and frankly if not for Reynolds and its dialogue, this film probably would have fallen flat as it does not do a lot different from other superhero films. In addition, if one does not get the references the characters make, the jokes may also fall flat.
Even with its flaws though, this film is immensely funny and will have most laughing for a good while. To say it is the best superhero film ever would be a lie but to say its bad would be one as well. This film is great at what it intends to be, an action-filled, fourth wall breaking film about a man trying to be "normal" to be with the woman he loves. The characters aren't as developed as one would want but they are serviceable. The villain isn't great but one can understand why Deadpool wants him dead and the rest of the flaws are fairly forgivable. This great yet flawed film is still worth getting on Blu-ray if one hasn't already.
Rating: 4.0/5.0 bowties
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