I have to preface this review by telling everyone, who should already know, that I’m a huge Deadpool fan. I also have a tendency to overlook things in movies,shows and other performances because if it’s something I like no wrong can be done. With that being, I went into this movie knowing of the small budget, the fast talking quick wit of Ryan Reynolds, the comedic timing of T.J. Miller and that this would be a hard R rating. When I left the theater I was blown away, in a good way, by what I saw and I feel that the small budget actually helped more than hindered.
For over a year we have been teased by the movie that was said would never be done. After Wade Wilson/Deadpool was depicted in a horrible fashion in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, no one thought that they could retcon the character to make the fans happy. It was only the persistence of Ryan Reynolds along with 20th Century Fox and endorsements from people, including Hugh Jackman, that a leak happened of some test footage and the fans went wild.
All the stars aligned and what we have received is the smart ass, funny, pop culture spouting mercenary who is literally telling the audience a love story. This isn’t the normal love story of boy meets girl, falls in love, loses girl, wins girl back. This is the story of messed up people meet, fall in love, boy leaves girl, gets horrible experiments done to him, becomes an awesome killing machine, girl gets kidnapped, boy gets unlikely help and ends the movie in an awesome way.
Nothing in this movie can be missed, because there are homages to so many things spread around. Even the opening credits have Easter eggs and jabs at past projects as well as the cast and director. The story doesn’t follow the normal linear pathway, it starts mid story and jumps back and forth allowing the laughs to never stop as they introduce all the necessary characters. When I say laughs, I don’t mean that there is a single joke per scene. There are constant jokes being done by the cast or by the scenes themselves. You can also tell the low budget by the number of locations in the movie, and that’s a good thing. Not only are they able to work well with what they have, but it works and they’re even able to make fun of it at one point in the movie. The only two X-Men in the movie are Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead and for the most part they are trying to make Deadpool less violent and more like a hero, I believe this to be a metaphor for the movie and those who wanted it to be PG-13.
When it comes to the cast, I feel like they nailed it. There were characters who were there to talk and others there for their abilities and it shows by how many lines they were given. The saying a picture is worth a thousand words was used literally as the brutes Gina Carano didn’t have many lines but her performance was enough to get the point across. Colossus had lines, but since he was CGI this doesn’t pertain to him. Brianna Hildebrand brings Negasonic Teenage Warhead to life with her dark demeanor and take no crap attitude, she is able to give it to Deadpool just as easy as take it. T.J. Miller delivers as Weasel, a friend who will sell you out for a bet, but will also be there for you when you really need them. Ed Skrein sells Ajax as a mutant with powers that are more internal than external, there’s even a joke in the credits about him being a typical British villain and it’s true. Morena Baccarin was the kind of messed up love interest that would fit someone like Wade Wilson, she was just as big of a smart ass and also gave up her profession for him. Now let’s get to Mr. Ryan Reynolds himself playing the merc with a mouth. In my opinion he killed it and this was truly the role he has always meant to play, as all of the best comedic roles he’s taken part of accumulate to the sense of humor of Deadpool. He had the look and feel of Deadpool, and when the 4th wall was broken you could image it coming right from the pages of his comic book.
Nothing about this movie was disappointing or a let down in any way shape or form. I left even more happier than when I went in and I want to go back and see it again. I did say no spoilers, so all I say is be on the look out for names in text, people being referred to by their first name, a DJ and don’t forget to stay after the credits for bonus scenes.