In the first of many comic book films to come in 2016, Deadpool sets the bar really high with this phenomenally written, well-acted action-comedy. In a world where we are getting multiple comic book films every year, Deadpool both acknowledges and offers a cure to super-hero fatigue by presenting a fresh, original adaption of a character known for pushing the boundaries in the comic book world.
Ryan Reynolds is Wade Wilson also known as Deadpool, a foul mouthed, fourth wall breaking anti-hero who is on a mission to hunt down those that tortured him into being. Whilst Deadpool is an origin story, and plot seems something we have seen time and time again, it is self-aware and it unfolds in a tongue-in-cheek way. Poking fun at super hero films like it, whilst making the audience care about the character and the horrible things that happen to him.
Ryan Reynolds was born to play this role. Instantly likable despite the character having unlikable traits. Deadpool is not a hero, despite him wearing a costume, he is a character who has a lot of layers to him, and Reynolds love of the character and the source material oozes in every scene he is in.
Whilst very funny, and violent in its core, the film is a love story about Wade Wilson trying to build up the courage to return to his girlfriend, Vanessa played by Morena Baccarin after the horrible events that turned him into Deadpool. The on screen chemistry between Reynolds and Barrarin is excellent and very believable. Their relationship really is the core of the film, and some of the film’s best laughs come from the scenes between the two of them.
Ed Skrein plays the films main antagonist, Ajax a Mutant who doesn’t feel pain, who tortured Wade into becoming Deadpool. Whilst Ajax isn’t the most fleshed character in the film, Skrein plays his role brilliantly, playing a great straight man to Deadpool’s quips and one-liners.
The negative you can say about this film was Gino Carano’s Angel Dust. Carano isn’t the best actress; her acting at times comes across as wooden in her interactions with other actors. However, she is hidden quite well, with very little dialogue, if any, and her role mostly is to be the muscle to stand menacingly in the background. Towards the end of the film she has a phenomenal fight sequence with Colossus, which justified her role in the film.
Whilst Colossus voiced by Stefan Kapicic and Brianna Hildebrand’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead aren’t in the film that much, their scenes were some of the best in the whole film. Their chemistry with Reynolds Deadpool was brilliant and left you with wanting more, which bodes well for the future, with more X-Men and Deadpool films on the horizon.
A lot was made in the hype for this film on its 15 or in the US its R rating, and in many ways it’s the films biggest strength. At no points does the film feel like its holding back, its full on with its violence, nudity and swearing that makes it feel fresh and unlike any super hero film that has come before.
Reynolds shines as Deadpool, presenting a brilliant multilayered character that’s unapologetically violent. The film is one of the best adaptions of a comic book character in recent memory and delivers on both the humor whilst offering a new take on a familiar story.
By Simon Hanson