The year was 2009 and Fox studios was riding high off the success of their X-Men franchise. While trying to expand the backstory for fan favorite, Wolverine, Fox struck an almost unforgivable nerve with the sweaty core comic book readership. X-Men Origins: Wolverine wrote a check that it ultimately could not cash. That check was then "unknown" character Deadpool. The Merc With a Mouth, unbeknownst to studio executives, was widely revered and loved by a cult like following.
Known for his quick wit and for frequently breaking the fourth wall in the pages of his comic, it’s not surprising to hear that fans were highly let down when his mouth was literally removed. They might have silenced the Deadpool, but they could never silence the pain felt across the comic universe. Almost a decade later after fighting tooth and nail through the Weapon X program that is Fox Studios we get to see a fully regenerated Deadpool from the torture of his cinematic debut.
The character of Wade Wilson aka Deadpool is not your typical comic book super hero, so you can bet your last chimichanga that the Deadpool movie isnt going to be your typical comic book movie. The first indicator of this being a special property is its R-Rating. Since the gritty tone of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, movie audiences have been itching for an edgier representations of their favorite heroes. We finally have come to that milestone and couldn't have gotten a better character for the job. You’ll hear everywhere that Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool, and its because thats a fact. Reynolds played the same character in the X-Men Origins movie and is often the first to criticize the portrayal of that role. Over the next 7 years, Reynolds championed and spearheaded the campaign for damage control to the beloved mercenary. Also serving as producer on the film, life is imitating the art it’s creating since Deadpool knows he’s in a movie being played by Ryan Reynolds.
Packed full of jokes and pop culture references that had the theatre laughing out loud without using words, the opening credit sequence instantly sets the stage that this is going to be a visual treat. Introducing us to present day Deadpool as he struts his stuff and shows us what he’s made of by taking out a caravan of baddies in a familiarly fresh way. If you’re a reader of the the Deadpool comics, it’s safe to say that you’ll appreciate the style the action sequences were shot in. Capturing the unique drunken master-esque style Deadpool has in comics, it really feels like the comic panels are part of the spirit of the movie. On the other hand, if you don't read the comics, you’ll still love the off the cuff-WTF moments while wondering how something so ridiculous could feel so grounded.
Director, Tim Miller found a great tool of veiled storytelling through the use of action. By utilizing this, Miller was able to deliver exposition without having to use long winded dialogue. When we’re introduced to pre-Deadpool, Wade Wilson, this technique is a crowning jewel. Not only was Miller able to give motivation to Wade Wilson as a relatable guy, but he also made the audience invested in him and the love story. In a few scenes Deadpool offers a Nicholas Sparks level love story that makes your heart ache for Wilson, a goon for hire, and his hooker love interest Vanessa, played by Morena Baccarin. This relationship is the backbone of the film and the chemistry between Baccarin and Reynolds in these roles feel flawless.
Because this Deadpool movie is set in the current Fox X-Men continuity, the producers were able to afford the well known Colossus and the utterly unknown Negasonic Teenage Warhead and two cameo’s of Xavier's School for the Gifted. Having the presence of the X-Men didn’t feel forced at all, it was more hopeful that we could see a X-Force movie in the near future. But that’s a conversation for a different day. The cast supporting the central plotline felt a little under used. TJ Miller as Weasel was passable but a little bit out of place. Sadly this was the case for Leslie Uggams’ Blind Alfred as well. Both Weasel and Blind Alfred are essential to the core telling of who Deadpool is for different reasons throughout the run of the comics, it’ll be interesting to see how these characters are developed in the subsequent Deadpool films.
Overall, this movie delivers the goods on all cylinders. As Deadpool said himself; this is a love story. But it's also a revenge action film. As well as a comedic-satire. If there were ever a time to not wait for the piracy of the internet it would be this roller coaster of emotion. To quote the great wisdom of Salt-N-Peppa, “You ain't never seen an ass like that”.