by Jessica Gregory
[Spoilers, lots of them!]
I was never into comic books, but the rise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe/Empire thrust me headfirst into the world of superheroes. I even forgave the differences between the comic books and the recent movies. I thought, after seeing the movies about Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America, that I would have a hard time picking a favorite hero. Little did I know a new movie would come along and my favorite hero would, in fact, be an anti-hero.
For those of you who don’t know, Deadpool is an insane “hero” who can rapidly regenerate his cells. He got this ability after he was promised a cure for his terminal cancer. He also has a habit of breaking the fourth wall and realizing he is a character in a fictional universe. As I understand it, his movie was well anticipated and there were several great trailers leading up to it. Here’s what I thought about the movie itself.
Ryan Reynolds. His performance of Deadpool was, in my eyes, perfect. He embraced the imperfection of Wade Wilson’s character and the immature, intercourse loving “assholery” that makes Deadpool what he is. I also thought the R-Rated elements of the movie were well done; The sex scenes were both sexy AND humorous, and the violence was appropriately exaggerated. In addition, the entire movie was full of unrelenting wit, including multiple instances of Deadpool breaking the fourth wall, just as his comic-book self did.
Deadpool’s relationship with Weasel, his best friend, is the most dynamic part of the movie. They poke fun at each other, adamantly refuse to help each other, but at the very core have each other’s back. Sounds like a friendship to me (Sorta?)!
Amid a fun, lively soundtrack, the movie also makes fun of itself, its audience, its producers, and the superhero world in general. A person who has never heard of Deadpool may regard the movie as satirical, as the humorous elements are played up almost more than the actual plot. And that brings me to…
The only true complaints I have about this movie are as follows: The plot could have been a little better, and they did not do a great job of integrating the X-Men. In regards to the plot, Deadpool was a dogfight between a love story, an action movie, and a comedy, in which the comedy won. The love story between Deadpool and an escort named Vanessa was cute and really gave us a look into Deadpool’s weaknesses, but left me wanting more. It was also vastly different from the way Wade Wilson’s romance with Vanessa played out in the comic books, and some diehard Deadpool fans might be turned off by that. I also wanted to see more of Ajax (the man responsible for Deadpool’s grisly appearance).
In the movie, we meet Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who could be just…just…awesome, but are reduced to comic relief. Colossus often goes into dramatic monologues about being a hero, only to be ignored and roasted by Deadpool. Teenage Warhead’s combustion abilities are overshadowed by her unfriendly, hate-the-world teen persona, which Deadpool pokes fun of as well. Deadpool wants nothing to do with them until he needs help rescuing Vanessa, to which they agree with no on-screen argument.
I would have loved to see a more dynamic relationship between the X-Men and Deadpool… with dialogue just as strong as the ones he had with Weasel.
Don’t go see this movie if you’re looking for the comic-book Deadpool with absolutely no edits to his story. Don’t go see this movie if you want to avoid sex and gore (Deadpool cuts off his arm at one point to escape capture). DO go see this movie if you are okay with the two points above, and you want to laugh for the length of the film. Go see this movie if you want to see an amazing anti-hero character. Even if you’re skeptical about the movie’s, give it a chance – I guarantee it will at least be entertaining, and it’s really hard not to love Deadpool.
Jessica Gregory is a junior at Barnard and Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Nine Ways of Knowing.