AUSTIN VAN PAY | ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST
After a terrible sewed-mouth iteration of the “merc with the mouth” in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” and nearly 10 years of push from Ryan Reynolds, Fox has finally delivered the “merc with the mouth” to the big screen—in true violent and raunchy form, I might add.
“Deadpool” has stepped into a world with an over-saturation of superhero film adaptions, but, as Deadpool himself says, “Surprise, this is a different kind of superhero story.”
First time director Tim Miller brings a one-of-a-kind, raunchy, violent and self-aware film to the superhero genre. “Deadpool” ultimately is an origin story involving Wade Wilson and his journey to becoming Deadpool. Surprisingly, the film develops an important love story to Wilson’s origins while simultaneously being a tale of revenge against Ajax, who is responsible for Wilson’s disfiguration and mutation.
Going into this film, I didn’t know very much about the character or story of Deadpool besides a few minor things. Ryan Reynolds has definitely found the role he was born to play. He brings so much energy and charisma to the character of Deadpool and he even has the self-awareness to make fun of his past failings with the superhero genre. This energy from actors and self-awareness is something that has been missing in these films lately.
The script of “Deadpool” is both excellent and extremely funny. What makes it so unique and hilarious is the fact that it has no filter for crudeness, which makes it that much more of an entertaining and enjoyable experience. Deadpool takes the bad thoughts you’re thinking but don’t say and says them anyway. The film is brimming with raunchy jokes, pop-culture references and fourth wall breaks galore. This is a superhero film that knows the world it’s in and doesn’t stray from it throughout the entire ride.
To continue the positives, “Deadpool” is fast-paced and directed with finesse by first-timer Tim Miller. The action is violent, over-the-top and executed perfectly. Deadpool has no problems slicing the baddies up with his double katanas and filling them with bullet holes. Also, the surprising love story aspect could have faltered and not fit into the world of Deadpool, but it was done very crudely and fit extremely well into Wade’s story. The only negative I could find with this film is the villain, Ajax, who could have been somewhat more compelling. Ultimately, though, he was just Wade’s goal of revenge.
Overall, “Deadpool” is fast-paced, hilarious and a relentless amount of entertainment. Both Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller have brought honor to themselves and to the character of Deadpool. The film is hilarious and adds a breath of fresh air to the superhero genre.
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