My Rating: [usr 3.5]
Tired of the same old comic book movies? Tired of the PG-13 superhero world with bloated budgets and massive casts? Tired of the super serious comic book worlds that companies like DC and Warner Bros have created?
Well, you’re in luck, because Deadpool is one of the most exciting, hilarious, brilliant and original comic book movies ever fucking (cursing is appropriate for this movie) made!
If you’re familiar with the background of Deadpool‘s production, you’ll realize the very fact this film was even made is a miracle. Therefore, it’s even more of a miracle that the film is such a blast from beginning to end. At the preview screening I saw the film at Thursday night, I can’t recall one that I’ve ever been to that’s gone over so well with an audience. Comic book fans rejoice, because Deadpool is just about everything you could possibly want.
It’s so hard to think about where Deadpool stands in ranking the best comic book movies ever made; there’s never really been anything quite like it. Sure, you can say there’s Kick-Ass, but I think Deadpool is way more fun. It’s not a great film. I don’t really know if it strives to be one. It does, however, strive to be the most fun possible. It’s covered with an arch, self-aware wit … but it takes its romance and retribution storylines just honestly enough to keep us engaged.
For actor Ryan Reynolds, this must be a big time relief, for he has finally scored one in the superhero genre. As a matter of fact, Deadpool has so much a sense of humor, that Reynolds and the filmmakers are able to poke fun at the actor’s last failure, the 2011 DC film Green Lantern, that they include it in a dynamite opening credits sequence that sets the tone perfectly for this film.
Deadpool marks the directorial debut of Tim Miller, the man behind the absolutely stunning opening credits sequence from David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Miller proves himself adept at not just directing the wonderfully creative script by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, but the gruesomely fun action scenes as well.
The lead performance by Ryan Reynolds is perfect. I can’t think of a better actor suited for the titular role. The supporting performances in the film are all very well played. In the best friend role, T.J. Miller is funny and surprisingly more subdued than I’d thought he’d be. Morena Baccarin is not that familiar a face but she’s excellent and different in a role that could have been completely thankless. In the role of Ajax, the villain of the film, English actor/rapper Ed Skrein, strikes just the right notes as the unfeeling adversary.
It should be no surprise that there’s a cameo appearance by Marvel God Stan Lee. However, out of all the countless cameo appearances by Lee, his one in Deadpool is without a doubt the very best. I won’t ruin it for you, but even the small pleasures in this film are a huge treat.
Flashy, salacious, ingenious and outrageous, Deadpool is an absolute delight. Do yourself a favor and run don’t walk to this movie!