When you go to see a superhero movie you don’t generally get what you receive from Tim Miller’s Deadpool, which is a fantastically funny recreation of the original Deadpool comics, but with a lot more dick jokes. Even the opening cinematic is a funny experience for the viewer, featuring credits such as “A British Villan”, “A moody Teen” and “Directed by an overpaid tool” to name just a few.
The film kicks off with the main character, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who takes us into the story of how he became a superhero via a set of flashbacks that show him before he was mutated and the life he led before he decided to get revenge on the film’s main antagonist, Ajax (Ed Skrein).
Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Wade takes an offer from a company who say they will cure him of his disease and even equip him with superhero abilities, of course, this was too good to be true and we are returned to the beginning of the film where the story continues.
However, Deadpool is not a film that focuses purely on the story, and in fact, the beginning, middle and end of the film, is far less important than Deadpool’s many quirks and amusements. This sets Deadpool aside from the normal superhero movie, without the need of a world-threatening danger, just the character of Deadpool to hold back on, and honestly, that results in an enjoyable viewing experience.
This is all mixed up with tunes from the hip-hop, soft rock and 80’s genres featuring Juice Newton’s “Angel Of The Morning,” Wham!’s “Careless Whisper,” and Salt-N-Pepa’s “Shoop” that tie the fast action scenes together despite being a somewhat odd mix. Throughout the film, Reynolds does a fantastic job of playing the role of Deadpool, which is somewhat due to our already existing perception of him from other roles, but also down to the clever writing from Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Morena Baccarin also performs the role of Vanessa, Deadpool’s girlfriend well, although her role is a huge cliche of a hooker-with-a-heart, she manages to create a character who is both believable and funny enough to back up Reynolds’ dick jokes. To top it off we are also treated to cameo’s by not only Stan Lee (as usual), but also from the character’s of the X-Men series, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Colossus (Stefan Kapicic).
Sadly the CGI of Colossus is somewhat disappointing, and Kapicic is a little too stereotypically Russian for our liking, however, those are points that can be easily forgotten thanks to the rest of the film.
That said, Deadpool will not be the film for everyone and if you do not regard numerous dick jokes followed by more dick jokes as high as we do, then you may not feel the same, and if you are just looking for a superhero movie, then Deadpool might not be the film for you however, that is sort of the point, Deadpool is a fresh look at the superhero genre, rather than a continuation.