Deadpool

Ryan Reynolds

Morena Baccarin

reviewed by Tom-Tom

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This film finally made its way to Japan just this June but by that time it was already released on Blu Ray in the US so it found its way to my home. I didn’t know anything about Deadpool except his appearance and penchant for wisecracks and violence. I may have even had a multi-jointed Deadpool action figure who fought with my other action figures complete with retractable knives. So, I set out to see what had so many fanboys blowing their nerdgasms all over the Internet. The result was a mixed bag. I felt most of the “innovative fourth wall breaking” seemed mostly like cheap winks at the camera. I’ve been told that the comic character tends to do the same but when done often, it seems like pointless posturing and running down of the feature length time clock rather than getting on with the actual movie. Deadpool’s endless whining wisecracks also made me feel as if he was a sad creature who, if he ever took a breath, would have to face the reality of his existence. If the filmmakers had focused on that angle a little more, it might have been a better movie for everyone. I recently watched the X-Files: Fight the Future movie. When it first came out I had never missed an episode so it was, as an avid fan, everything I had hoped for, the best movie ever! But taken out of the context of the TV series, as I had long forgotten the long web of conspiracies which, in the end were a bunch of tangled Christmas lights rather than the smoothly woven threads of say, the Harry Potter series, the X-Files movie was a closed circuit mess. Deadpool, the movie I’m actually reviewing right now is a bit of a mess but a fun mess on the whole.

Wade Wilson is a mercenary for hire. He kills, threatens, and harms people for money. Ryan Reynolds was born for this role. His rapid fire line reading is spot on and he handles everything very smoothly and naturally. He has honed his body to slim, muscular perfection. The film opens in slow motion with hilariously irresponsible cast info which is the beginning of the camera wink parade. It then jumps back Deadpool’s origin story all while telling us it is his origin story. You’re beginning to see the pattern. Wade meets Vanessa, a high class call girl with whom he begins a year of kinky lovemaking. We know this can’t last partly because that’s how superhero origin stories work and partly because we are told it isn’t going to work out. In fact, the entire origin story is so rushed through that there isn’t much more info offered than was in the trailer. Wade is diagnosed with cancer, agrees to undergo experimental treatment, gets screwed over into enduring un-imaginal pain by Ajax or Francis as Wade is wont to chide him. Ajax is the boss at the end of this picture, we are also helpfully told, the so called British Villain. The end of this cinematic Wikipedia entry is where the real action starts and could have lingered a bit more. Unlike most superheroes, Deadpool didn’t have to learn his fighting skills, he had them from before he became a superhero.

I know I am complaining a lot about the constant fourth wall intrusion but there are a lot of laughs and despite the equal amount of violence, it is a much more likeable film with likeable characters than, say Kickass or Punisher. Deadpool’s body language when using a cell phone to get his ammo bag from the taxi driver he cheerfully stiffs twice is one of the funniest parts of the film. Colossus, always sporting his armor even when eating breakfast and gothic sidekick Nega Teenage Sonic Warhead are a nice straight man team to Deadpool’s funny man. For the future, even as a joke, using a song by The Wham is never a cool way to end a movie. I’d rather hear static or silence.

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