Review: ‘Deadpool’ (2016)

There’s something amazing about staying in one’s own personal wheelhouse.  With Deadpool, we get a double dose of a subject staying on target with accentuating strengths, both with the title character as well as the lead actor.

Deadpool could be criticized as being one-note for those outside the know, but it jams the hell out of that note until you’re not so sure that what you just witnessed wasn’t a goddamn masterpiece. Chock-full of smarmy fourth-wall-breaking monologues, dick jokes, and “How to be an Asshole 101”, Deadpool brings all the qualities that have made the “Merc with a Mouth” such a smash hit in the world of comics.

So yeah, from this guy’s perspective it is more comedy than action, but it handles the balance so flawlessly that the action isn’t all a farce. It’s not that there isn’t drama in the midst of the bloodshed, it’s just that Deadpool isn’t all that concerned with the possibility of being hurt…mainly because he’s always coming back. He charges in headlong with reckless abandon, talking shit while getting pelted with bullets and blades, just like someone playing DOOM on God mode…because that’s who Deadpool is. He can’t die. And that’s what makes all the jawing amidst the carnage so believable while staying so obviously outlandish. It draws the viewer into a cornucopia of bloody fun.

The smattering of genuine moments of fear, sorrow, and love are executed well. The film doesn’t dwell on these spots for too long; instead, it uses them to help construct the story without dampening the mood. In terms of an origin story, Deadpool does as well as any other comic book movie, by giving us these briefest moments of explanation between the silliness. We aren’t left wondering. It’s given to us before pitching us back into the mayhem. This truth might be what makes Deadpool work so well.
The casting is amazing. And it all starts with Ryan Reynolds, the man that refused to give up on a Deadpool film. I’ve long lamented Reynolds as a comic book movie actor – Blade: Trinity, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Green Lantern were all varying shades of terrible. Yet in Deadpool, Reynolds unleashes the type of actor he’s always been meant to be: the asshole. It’s one of the reasons why seeing him in Van Wilder was far more captivating than any of his other roles prior to this. He is a smarmy dickhead. It works for him. Hollywood tried to make him charming, by toning down what truly works for him. And finally, he’s back in his groove.

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Morena Baccarin is great in this as well.  She trades barbs with Reynolds and holds her own, and in terms of chemistry, gave some real heart to this movie. Ed Skrein plays the villain, so cold and calculating and straight. It’s easy to call his Ajax dull, but it’s one of those circumstances where it is actually acceptable, if only because Deadpool is way too charismatic to be challenged by a larger-than-life villain.

Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead?  Yeah, they’re great characters here, providing assistance and some really fantastic laughs in their own right.

This is one of those movies that is worth cherishing, because it hits so well on its strengths. Fox finally has a real player in the comic book movie franchise. Deadpool sets the bar very high for the competing comic book films of 2016.

Five Borts from five! (Awesome!!!)

What did you think of the film? Let us know down in the comments below.


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Jonathan Praise

Jonathan Praise is a writer, in the sense that he occasionally sits down in front of a keyboard and punches buttons, turning the blank page into a collection of letters and words. He rarely finishes anything, so the reader should feel somewhat special for actually witnessing the completion of this article. He is currently working on CLEAVE and THE ADVENTURES OF SKULLBOY when he isn't being a husband and father of dubious quality.

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jpaulroe
1 year 4 months ago

Gonna see it soon.

Damian
Damian
1 year 3 months ago

For Ryan Reynolds, this has to be the role of a lifetime and he executed it beautifully! It was like he was born to play Deadpool and make us laugh through our ears! Loved the movie and I was actually quite shocked it was so good! I didn’t get my hopes up because Deadpool needs a certain finesse and not any actor can pull it off. I’m happy to say Ryan fits the bill perfectly. Here’s hoping Deadpool 2 is as good as this one was.

J. Paul Roe
1 year 3 months ago

As long as Cable is in it, it should be worth watching. I’m game.

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