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So this is it, my first review of the year, and I am kicking it off with Deadpool. I am going to try and keep this short and to the point, as you probably have better things to be getting on with and I have a dissertation to write. So enough with the introduction and on with the review, which, by the way, I will keep spoiler free.
I really enjoyed this film, it is only the 14th of February but it could end up being my favourite film of the year. If you remember back to our trailer review I was a bit sceptical… I felt, at the time that, and I quote, ‘he could possibly become tiresome during an hour-and-a-half-long film’.
I was wrong.
Straight off the bat you know what you are getting with Deadpool. The opening credits contain the first nuggets of mockery that fill the rest of the 1 hour 48 minute run time. The cast are described by the tropes that have come part-and-parcel with modern superhero films; ‘A British Villain’, ‘A CGI Character’ and ‘The Comic Relief’ to name a few. Deadpool isn’t your standard hero, and this isn’t your standard Superhero movie; I feel the opening encapsulated the character perfectly.
Thank God the film got 15 (or R rating depending on where you are from), because boy do they make the most of it. It’s rubbed in our faces from the get go and all credit to them for doing it, plenty of blood, violence and swearing to keep you going. Yeah, it may be a bit of the top depending on where you stand, but I enjoyed it. While I am on the subject of the action, there is plenty of jumpy-flippy-fighty stuff, so I guess if you like that kind of thing you’re set, but in all seriousness the fight scenes are well choreographed and, in classic Deadpool style, they are fun. Occasionally the flips and the jumps are a bit too reliant on CGI, and I won’t say it takes away from the film, but it is noticeable at times.
The two X-men included in the film fit well, and it will be interesting to see whether the cross-over will move the other way in the future, with Deadpool moving into the X-men films.
The meta-humour is pretty relentless (“relentless” is the wrong word, maybe “regular”? Well, it’s relentless in a good way), but most importantly it is funny. We all knew the film would have to try and be funny, and thankfully it succeeded. I felt that 99% of the jokes struck home, and the 1% that didn’t came down to due to my limited 90’s knowledge (I was born in ‘95 give me a break). The 4th wall is frequently broken, and they even throw in a 4th wall break within a 4th wall break, a 16th wall break, if you will (all credit it goes to the ‘Real Heroes’ for that one). Even the end credit scene, yes there is one, so stay in your seat, is a suitably Deadpool.
The stakes in the film are perfect; Deadpool wouldn’t work in a save-the-world-style Avengers film where the odds are as high as they can get. The plot is a simple, and effective, origins story that even your Nan would understand. No, wait! Do not take your Nan to this film… or do if you like, but if she is anything like my Nan, please record her reaction and post it somewhere.
So to round up the good, I think Deadpool is a well written, quick, fun, and well finished film that is a breath of fresh air which livens up a quickly stagnating Superhero genre. In my rounding up of the good, you must know that there could be a bad, and for me it lies and the end-credit scene; while being a nice Ferris Bueller inspired sequence, it alludes to a sequel. I’m not sure there should be a Deadpool sequel; I would love to see the character move into the X-men films, but I think that Deadpool II (or whatever they would end up calling it) would become irritating, and I am not really sure where they would take the character from here, and considering Fox’s track record I fear over involvement from the studio. I will probably be wrong and the inevitable sequel will be ok. Also, some of the CGI is a bit weak, but on the whole I really can’t complain about it… I mean, it is a hell of a lot better than Green Lantern.
So that bring the review to an end, if you agree, disagree or think I have missed something let us know in the comments below!
Ben: So, what did you think?
Lewis: I think it looks pretty frickin’ awesome
Ben: It does look pretty good; something a bit different.
Lewis: I can’t believe it’s taken them this long to actually do a Deadpool movie… everybody loves him.
Ben: I think everyone loves the idea of Deadpool. I think he could steal a film with a 15 minute cameo, but he could possibly become a bit tiresome during an hour and a half film. The trailer looks brilliant though.
Lewis: Very true, and I do think that could be a danger, buuuuut, he is an awesome character. I’m certain they could work it out.
Ben: He definitely is something else…
I am sure they will; Ryan Reynolds has the ability to pull off Deadpool properly this time, and Morena Baccarin proved herself in Gotham so it looks like a solid cast, albeit fairly unknown.
Lewis: Well to be honest, his portrayal of Wade Wilson in X-men Origins was pretty spot on, and if he delivers the same quality this time around it’s gonna be great. There are some X-men appearances too (Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead), so he’s done something to piss them off and get them involved.
Ben: It was just the Deadpool bit in Origins which was so stupidly awful.
Hopefully Colossus gets a fair amount of screen time, he has been under used in the other x-men films.
Lewis: Yeah, it’s tough to see what sort of a plot line they’re going to have (I’m a fan of the comics but not all-knowing), but if it’s as gory and as funny as this trailer was, I think they’re going to have a big hit.
Ben: I think the plot line will come second to the humour and the violence, they’ll play to the character strengths.
Some of the Deadpool comic book stories are pretty bizarre…
Lewis: Oh yes they are, but hilariously so.
To be fair, the humour has always been his selling point, and it works too. I think it’ll be good to see a more lighthearted but also darker Marvel film.
And I love things that break the 4th wall…
Ben: Well, Fox film…
The test footage shows him breaking the 4th wall but I’m not sure if it will happen in the proper film.
Lewis: Oh yeah, Fox film.
Well he does it in the trailer too when he sniffs his guns, looks at the camera and says “I’m touching myself tonight” but anyway, it’s Deadpool, you can’t have a Deadpool film without him breaking the fourth wall
Ben: That is true, I forgot about that bit.
Lewis: To be honest, I think this has the potential to be one of the best superhero films in the past couple of years as long as they do it right.
Ben: Yes, I do have high hopes.