By Jordan Schauberger
Overshadowed by the recent barrage of Marvel movies and sizable hype surrounding the upcoming DC movies, there was a reasonable expectation that “Deadpool’ would either suck or just bleed into the background of mediocrity.
The Ryan Reynolds-led ‘Deadpool’ not only lived up to its outrageous marketing campaign, but also gave audience’s one of the best all-around superhero movies of recent memory.
Reynolds pours his all into the overly humorous Deadpool, which is clearly a role he has been dying to play since the movie’s original conception in 2003.
T.J. Miller as Weasel and Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlysle are fantastic in the respective roles, as are appearances from Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), but the film is Reynolds’s show from start to finish.
After his first appearance on the big screen back in the 2009 film ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine,’ Deadpool came across as stale and there was legitimate concern that the characters R-rated bravado wouldn’t translate into success across a mass audience.
Although the film could potentially still tank, it’s about as safe as possible to say that the marketing was strong enough to get people into the theater and, once the buzz starts generating for how good the film is, the previous iteration of Deadpool will be a thing of the past.
On top of the spectacularly dirty humor, ‘Deadpool’ provides an abundance of fast-paced action, cutesy (and sexual) romance and special effects that are just enough.
The Deadpool comics are at their best when they stray as far away as possible from being family-friendly and that’s exactly what this film captures.
As a film, ‘Deadpool’ hits all the basic marks. It has a complete story, likable heroes and unlikable villains
The recent trend in superhero films has seen comic book characters taking a more serious twist, however, ‘Deadpool’ stays true to the comic it’s based on and doesn’t take itself too seriously.
‘Deadpool’ also has the best Stan Lee cameo to date.
In film which many thought was going to be a dud, ‘Deadpool’ sets the bar ridiculously high in what is shaping up to be a monster year for superhero films.