In Theatres: 
Feb 12, 2016
Running Time: 
108 minutes

Wade Wilson is very much considered the anti-superhero of Marvel so it’s fitting that Deadpool would throw out all the typical conventions associated with the genre. The marketing has been absolutely on point and actually had me worried that the film would be nowhere near as funny or clever as its promotion. Oh how wrong I would be as Deadpool is one of the best realizations of a comic book in film.


Deadpool isn’t your average superhero. The “Merc with a Mouth” is a walking curse word thesaurus who’s constantly breaking the fourth wall and making a mockery out of anything and everything. With him, there are no rules. Deadpool is half origin story, half revenge story, and all awesome.


Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a contract killer for hire who has found his true love when he meets the fiery escort Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) who is as equally disturbed as him. Unfortunately their romance is cut short when he is diagnosed with terminal cancer, and with no other options he volunteers for an experimental procedure that could give him mutant powers and save him. What the people behind the experiment didn’t tell him is that he would end up horribly disfigured. Not wanting to go back to Vanessa looking like a monster, Wade embarks on a rampage with his newfound powers to find and kill the one responsible for his disfigurement.


Just like Hugh Jackman is Wolverine, Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool. It’s impossible to imagine any other actor in the role as he just nails the humor and dry wit of the character perfectly. Reynolds gave audiences a taste of what he was capable of in the atrocious X-Men Origins: Wolverine but then they turned Wilson into some kind of abomination that doesn’t even begin to resemble Deadpool. What’s interesting is that all of the bad things that have surrounded Reynolds over the past few years (*cough* Green Lantern *cough*) actually make Deadpool all the better.


Deadpool embraces and makes fun of it all, from the film industry to fellow superhero movies. Like the comic book character, it’s constantly breaking the fourth wall and talking directly to the audience almost as if Deadpool is giving a running commentary throughout. My biggest worry about the film was that his schtick would quickly wear thin and I would become tired of it halfway through. That never ended up being the case.


The film is split between Wade Wilson and Deadpool, with the former being more like a romantic comedy and the latter being comprised mostly of violent action sequences, although there are times when the two share elements. Deadpool and Colossus romance, anyone? It’s nice because you’re not constantly bombarded by Deadpool’s crude sense of humor. I’ll admit that it can be a bit overwhelming at times so it’s good to have things slow down for a bit before the film ramps back up to 100.


Reynolds has stated that he’s been trying to get Deadpool made for over 10 years, and now that it’s finally here it’s been more than worth the wait. It’s the perfect combination of comedy, action, romance, and superheros. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take another 10 years before we see the sequel.

Matt Rodriguez
Review by Matt Rodriguez
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