Deadpool tells the story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary whose subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and adopts the alter ego Deadpool.
This film is a bright shining light amongst the dark, gritty, and more serious adaptions of their comic-book counterparts. They only have a splashing of comedy amongst their more serious tone. And with it’s R-rating, it has the freedom to really show Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) and his alter-ego in all their glory.
I went to see this film with a friend who knew nothing about the character and little knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but this didn’t hinder her enjoyment of the film, although having seen any of the previous films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (namely the X-Men or even previous Ryan Reynolds outings in The Green Lantern and X-Men Origins: Wolverine), would’ve certainly helped with the easter eggs that were dotted throughout the film. Either way, this shall be your warning whether you know about the character or not, Deadpool is exactly like the comics – an extremely over the top and an unapologetically graphic film in all sense of the word (sex, violence, humour, or otherwise).
Wade is chatterbox and not in the way where you just want to punch him in the face for not shutting up. The breaking of the fourth wall, which basically means that he as a character will talk directly to the camera, is seamless, flowing naturally into his character. And within this breaking of this forth wall and talking to us as an audience is the fact that he’s totally aware of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, nitpicking over which Professor Xavier he’ll be seeing – the younger in James McAvoy or elder in Patrick Stewart – and how the alternate timelines the more recent X-Men films have become “confusing” to him as a character, and possibly echoing what the audience may be feeling about the future of the present-day versions of the X-Men franchise. The Wade Wilson character even mocks Ryan Reynolds as an actor about his bad decisions in being involved in The Green Lantern. Besides, if anyone was born to play this role, it could be none other than Ryan Reynolds and we couldn’t have had a better person spearheading this spectacular production.
Deadpool isn’t the regular comic-book character we’re used to seeing on screen – he’s crude, violent, definitely not for younger audiences. What makes this film great is that it shows us what we never knew we needed so much and something to break up the dark realities the rest of the comic-book adaptations have shown us. He’s an unforgettable icon of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Deadpool is clearly one of the best Marvel films to date and worth the wait.