This i can easily say is one of my favourite films, having studied film in college, there was so many ridiculously brilliant aspects to it. It’s one of the most self-aware pieces i’ve come across, with witty comments about its creation, background, the universe its set in… etc. There is a lot of fight scenes, but it’s similar in a way to Kingsman in how gloriously the fight scenes are choreographed and shot. It’s laugh out loud funny and has a lot of relevant quips on feminism/ equality. Although its technically a superhero film, our protagonist Wade Wilson is no hero. Which actually increased my intrigue as he’s not a character who has to behave completely moral all the time, in fact part of his draw is because of this. Since we’ve entered the era of the “Anti-hero” he slots in quite seamlessly. Again, this is another film backed by a huge Comic series on the character, and this viewer began reading the series shortly after seeing the film.
The hook of the name of the film “Deadpool” stems from our protagonists place of work, and a certain gambling board betting on when the employees of this illegally sanctioned crew will die; ie a ‘Dead Pool’.
The story is told through time-lapse narration, meaning that it begins half way through the film, and shoots back and forth as the plot progresses. They also break the fourth wall in this quite a lot, not to the same degree as Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, but a substantial amount nonetheless. Its direction is also a damn masterpiece, and he chooses his fourth wall breaks pretty perfectly.
Believe me when i say that the fight scenes are a work of art.
On to the plot. Our protagonist Wade is and ex-Special Forces US ARMY, who’s basically a thug for hire. Quote “I’m just a bad guy that get paid to fuck up worse guys, think of us as really fucked up tooth-fairies, except we knock out the tooth and take the cash.” His life seems to be going well until a terminal diagnosis of late-stage cancer rocks the boat. When i initially sat down to watch this i had no idea how well-crafted it was going to be, i anticipated something similar to the other monotonous superhero films that are currently saturating the market. But i was happily taken aback by the depth of the story and emotions running throughout it, and not just a heavy story but an incredible script & cast.
The film is loosely based in the X-men universe, we’re given allusions to this when we come across an obviously powerful man who showcases inhuman strength, and then a man utters “Fucking mutants…” So with that in mind we know that we’re in a world with extra-sensory powers. Something that our boy has obviously somehow received.
Morena Baccarin stars as his ridiculously attractive love interest. Her character’s plot is one you wouldn’t exactly expect and is a lot more independent and badass than any other superhero’s girl I’ve ever come across, this is a girl who would slay her own dragons. Along with making me seriously question my sexuality…
Its wider cast includes Silicon Valleys own T.J Miller. I adore “Erlich’s” character in that series and he basically plays the exact same guy, except he owns a bar instead of being involved in tech. His Lebowski-esque nature and stellar one-liners knit into the film perfectly, and upon researching it found out that a lot of his lines were constructed through improv on set. The scene where he and Wade discuss what his superhero name will be (a scene which involves a literal unmasking) was created with Reynolds (Wade) and Miller (Weasel) bouncing ideas off of each-other whilst filming the scene.
aaand its a little reminiscent of “Logan” if you’ve seen that film and enjoyed it, this will be the cherry on top. It’s got similar themes to Logan, not just the superhero trope, but alienation, abduction, enslavement to name a few. The cast was, in my opinion, picked perfectly. The complexity of Wade’s character (our protagonist) and his obstinate humour that runs throughout,i honestly couldn’t see any other actor personifying his demeanor and temperament as well.
There are so many laughs in this film, but what sets it apart from the crude and obvious big shows of comedy in superhero flicks (or any comic-book inspired movie) is that there are some subtle, damn diabolical witty quips running throughout it that leave you constantly amused and impressed, with a feeling of pride at the writers. A little something like this : (*especially at the few feminist quips strewn about)
so smoke up, and dive into this intelligent, self-aware and cheeky film, it is a film you will happily rewatch. If nothing else, them damn fight scenes leave you so satisfied.
Guaranteed you’ll finish the film and personify this particular emotion.
solid 8.5 /10.