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[Joint Review] – ‘Deadpool’

 
 
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Release Date: 12 February 2016 [USA]
 
Director: Tim Miller
 
Writer: Rhett Reese - Paul Wernick [Screenplay] - Rob Liefeld - Fabian Nicieza [Character]
 
Cast: Ryan Reynolds - Morena Baccarin - T.J. Miller
 


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Cookie’s Perspective:

Deadpool was one of the most hotly anticipated movies since he was butchered in Wolverine: Origins. Ryan Reynolds has been a misspent actor up until recently; his rogue charms, emotional investment, and intellectual way of getting to the crux of a character have been waylaid in subpar movies that has left him on the outside of his true greatness. Arguably, this all changed with The Voices – last year’s heavily unseen film – where he was able to delicately balance the craziness with the darkness and it certainly marked a turning point where many could happily see how stellar he is.

Now we have Deadpool, which is – well – it’s Reynold’s defining film.

Deadpool revolves around hot-lipped Wade Wilson – a mercenary who is dying from pretty much every cancer possible. Entering into a government scheme, he undergoes an experiment that gives him similar regeneration properties of Wolverine – but without the tedium. However, when the experiment goes completely wrong, Wilson is left scarred and jaded, on a road to vengeance for the scientist who put him through this torture.

Ryan Reynolds has squeezed into the red spandex with an assuming ease that allows him to lead this movie with an exceptional charisma. Finally, the man with the gift for the gab is in the role that he was born to do and he is relishing every second. Reynold’s natural dynamic and talent for quipping hilarious, uncouth, or witty banter is utilised to storming effect here. As Wade Wilson, a character who is all mouth and red trousers, Reynolds creates a superhero who dances the line between ruthless killing and saving the underdog. He is a gritty, underhand, and bouncing with the energy of a dog on heat.

Still, his shtick never feels catered to young teenage boys and, let me tell you, the universal appeal of Deadpool had older ladies on my row tittering gleefully. The fourth-wall breaking antics work as well, without over-saturating the product, and implemented through flashbacks and narration, gifting a unique spin on the superhero genre whilst still hitting the same similar story arcs of origin movies (just poking them with a bloody stick at the same time.) The comedy is on point, like a fast-paced stand-up comic who never allows for the dud jokes to linger in the air, quickly replacing them with a funnier one. It’s brilliantly and wildly entertaining, mixing with gruesome and bloody action sequences.

What works best for Deadpool is the detraction from all the hoopla to inject the story with an emotional arc that no X-Men movie has done successfully before. You actually care for Wade Wilson much more than his titillating spiel and that is testament to the phenomenal writing by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, astute direction of Tim Miller, and Reynold’s gift to balance visceral undertones with a hefty bout of comedy. The heart is the most surprising element to Deadpool but it works extremely well too.

There are a few dud notes including lacklustre villain Ajax (though Ed Skrein does well in the role, he is rather let down by being completely non-threatening or engaging) and there are some slow moments, particularly after the initial action/flashback sequence, as you try to assimilate back to a linear watch. That being said, this is a triumph for Reynolds whose wasted talent in Wolverine is nothing but a bad stain in the pants of this stimulating, uproarious, and exceptional Deadpool film.

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Tim’s Perspective:

I have always loved Deadpool. As a kid he caught my attention purely because he was a cool looking ninja character but the more Marvel comics I read, the more hilarious I noticed his cameos in titles such as X-Men, Spiderman and Avengers to be. It wasn’t too long before Wade Wilson (Deadpool’s alter ego) became my third favorite superhero. He was the missing piece of my puzzle, I had Superman for the mythology and stories on a cosmic scale, I had Batman for my seriousness and gritty mysteries and I had Deadpool for my comedy and violence.

If there is one thing this film has plenty of, it is comedy and violence. In fact, everything I love about the character is represented.

For those unfamiliar with the comic, which is hard to believe what with the movies hard marketing campaign which is everywhere at the moment, Wade Wilson is a mercenary who undergoes a procedure to cure a terminal illness. He is subjected to cruel, vicious experiments, which give him regenerative superpowers and drive him past the point of sanity (not that he was all that sane to begin with). Donning a red masked outfit he is now Deadpool: the merc with a mouth!

As you can imagine Deadpool is every geeky teenagers dream come true and over the course of the last five years or so his popularity has risen so fast that a movie adaptation was inevitable. At least, so you would think. The studios first crack at the character, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine left a sour taste in many fans mouths but a couple of years ago some test footage for a solo Deadpool adventure “leaked” online and gave us a taste of what a true adaptation of the character would be like. The people loved it, the people made their voices heard and now the people have the movie they have been longing for. That’s what I love most about Deadpool. It truly feels like fan service.

First time director Tim Miller really put it all out on the line and his background in video game cut scenes have really given him an eye for action. While the beautifully choreographed fight sequences are extremely violent it never feels nasty for the sake of nasty. Every blood splash is there for a reason, even if that reason is a cheap laugh.

I honestly think the gore and nastiness help levitate the film from a story aspect as well. You need to feel sorry for Wade. You need to root for him otherwise he comes across as a bit of an annoying and slightly evil fool. That’s why you need the brutality of the horrible torture that is inflicted upon him, and that’s why you cheer him on as he delivers his excessive revenge, much like how you cheer on Liam Neeson in the original Taken or Keanu Reeves in John Wick. At its core, Deadpool is a vengeance flick.

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool is quite possibly the most perfect superhero casting of all time. He excels, and after years of failure, like his original turn as Wade in Origins or Green Lantern, it’s nice to see him finally gain the franchise he deserves.

Marina Baccarin plays the love interest Vanessa and by love interest I do not mean to diminish her in anyway. This isn’t your typical damsel in distress as the relationship between Vanessa and Wade feels so real that you truly get the sense that these two crazies were made for each other. I honestly think this is one of the greatest on screen couples of all time. The love story doesn’t feel like a hindrance to the main plot, rather a driving force behind it.

The rest of the cast also plays their parts perfectly. Ed Skerin’s Ajax is a villain you will hate because of all the things he put Wilson through. Skerin plays him with such swarmy cold heartedness that you can’t wait for Pool to kick his teeth in. MMA fighter Gina Carano plays the baddie hench-woman Angel Dust both gracefully and brutishly. Another example of great chemistry between the two as they play off each other.

Then you have the two X-Men, Colossus voiced by Stefan Kapicic and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, played by Brianna Hilderband. It’s through these two we get the tone that is truest to the comics. Deadpool always works best when bouncing off other characters. That is not to say these two are straight men/women as they too provide their own share of laughs but they are the representation of the X-Men universe and provide the forth wall for Deadpool to break.

Most of the supporting cast plays it pretty earnestly, which is perfect. It isn’t supposed a crazy and wacky world, it is supposed to have some order to amplify

Wade Wilson’s chaos. The only other characters that I would consider as comic relief are the side kicks, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al and T.J Miller as Weasel, the latter of which has some of the best lines in the movie. Everyone is this film is casted perfectly.

I will also most likely be buying the soundtrack too. The original score utilizes a lot of great synthesizer clashing chords, giving a somewhat 80’s, almost John Carpenter vibe whilst the variation in tracks, from Juice Newton’s Angel Of the Morning to DMX’s X Gon’ Give It To Ya help capture the wide spectrum of madness on screen

Deadpool could have just been a wacky superhero parody and I would have been happy with that. However they used the benefits that come with the character, such as breaking the fourth wall, not only to tell its own great little superhero tale but also to provide commentary on superhero films and Hollywood in general. Deadpool feels like a game changer and I cannot wait to see where it goes next.

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Michael’s Perspective:

Wade Wilson has it well. He’s a reputable mercenary, a self-confessed bad guy who beats on worse guys and divides his time between work and all manner of kinks with his perfect match girlfriend. Then he gets a shit-load of cancer.

After accepting help he shouldn’t have, Wade is imprisoned, tortured and experimented on in the hope that he will become a malleable mutant for sale by his captors. Wade proves too cunning and escapes but not before his mutation kicks in; his healing radically accelerates at the price of becoming hauntingly ugly. Deadpool wants vengeance or, as he would put it,

“Time to make the chimi-fuckin-changas.”

If you didn’t know the trouble had over getting Deadpool his own movie, the constant digs at X-Men: Origins and a certain someone with an Australian accent will give you some clue. The jokes, aimed both inside and outside, are hilarious.

This is Ryan Reynolds unleashed. In the Deadpool suit his movements are cartoonish and frolicsome. With just his all-white eyes and hands, his expressions (particularly his shock) are priceless. Out of the suit, the fast-paced potty mouthing remains. As for the physicality, Reynolds’ shape would make a Nazi sculptor salivate.

Morena Baccarin, as Wade’s wife-to-be Vanessa Carlysle, fires back some equally sharp dialogue at Reynolds. Their game over who had the worst childhood is charming, depraved, funny and original.

Then there’s everyone else. Whenever Ed Skrein (who plays villain Ajax/Francis) is on screen, he’s a drag to the party. Hammy, thin and evil seemingly for the sake of being evil.

Despite the connection to the X-Men, there is little representation. All we get is Colossus (not Daniel Cudmore and completely CG) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (I shit you not). Their inclusion is flimsy, insubstantial and is the strongest sign of the movie’s low budget (though Deadpool jokes about this too, thankfully).

The plot is colour-by-numbers simple. The highway setpiece is the present setting for the movies first and second act with flashbacks breaking it all up. The shifts are fortunately never grating and Deadpool’s forth-wall breaking takes you everywhere in a good mood. Only when things get serious do things get tedious. The action-packed finale is when the movie is at its least entertaining. The wrecking and exploding and kicking and flipping all distract from the hilarity established from the very beginning.

Deadpool’s low budget is hard not to notice; the tiny cast and tinier amount of set-pieces, how dull they look and how unimpressive the bulk of the CG is. Yet none of these problems outweigh the reason Deadpool is worth watching; the fucking laughs. Looking at the ever-darker direction the Marvelverse is taking (with Civil War looming ahead), humour is becoming hard to come by. Colossus nags Deadpool over joining the X-Men and putting his abilities towards good. Fuck that!

The role Ryan Reynolds was born to play and the Deadpool fans have been waiting to see on the silver screen. A castrated budget and an obligatory connection to the Marvel pantheon can’t hold back the Merc with a Mouth.

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Alston’s Perspective:

The only reason we are getting to see the obscene Deadpool this weekend is because of the supposedly leaked animated footage that hit the internet streets. With a huge roar from the fans, MARVEL, I mean FOX studios decides to invest a little over a year in the development of a movie in the hopes to come back to the top. And after receiving its expected R rating followed by the stir up with the advertising campaigns, you shouldn’t be surprised if you find young ones queuing outside the ticket lines carrying fake IDs and sporting fake mustaches and leg stilts.

Potential spoilers ahead, so keep reading and ruin the movie for you. Or not.

It tells the unconventional hero story of a former special forces operative Wade Wilson who discovers that cancer has taken over his life. In an attempt to save himself, he takes up a mysterious offer to be experimented on. With his newly found mutated healing and accelerated heroic powers along with a twisted sense of humor, he hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

While people were a bit skeptical at first about FOX’s choice of director for such a big character, Tim Miller’s backdrop is quite impressive. It may not be filled with an arsenal of movies, but it does comprise of a few animated shorts, one that was even Oscar worthy, along with the title and opening sequences of ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’. It is said that his stunning Justice League cutscene which he directed for ‘DC online’ is what landed him the job. In the end, Miller came through with flying colors, or rather flying heads. And blood and gore and foul language. ‘Deadpool’ works as a movie because of its ability to take on a superhero’s tale and not take it seriously. Even though it possesses a typical hero origin storyline with a huge showdown in the end with his nemesis, the movie breaks the rules of engagement with the audience. You find yourself enjoying a superhero movie for all the wrong reasons and in a good way. Another reason it runs around with an anti super hero title over its head.

The glass slipper definitely fits Ryan Reynolds as he breathes more than life into Wade Wilson’s character, which is clearly a mirror reflection of his own. Watching him onscreen will surely remind the audience of his phenomenal acting skills which might even make them revisit his past movies. Getting him through his cancerous journey is his vulgarly equal girlfriend, Vanessa Carlysle played by Morena Baccarrin (Gotham, Homeland) who seems to hit sparks with him the moment they lay their eyes on each other. While they don’t get enough time on screen, they do leave a memorable impact on you. The villainous mutant Ajax also known as Francis Freeman on the low is played by Ed Skrein (Transporter Refueled). The dynamics of their relationship as it progresses onscreen from hating each other to hating each other even more is quite interesting.

With the introduction of mutants like Negasonic Teenage Warhead played by a fairly new face by the name of Brianna Hilderband and the perfect rendition of a russian Colossus, the movie winks at Deadpool being a part of FOX’s X-Men universe. They aid the merc along his quest to bring his enemy to justice in the hopes that he can do better than be a raging revenge druggie. It has even been recently discussed after the opening weekend success of Deadpool that the introduction of the X Force as a movie would feature Mr. Wilson along with a number of mutants alike. Wilson’s best friend Weasel and house keeper Blind Al who are played by T.J Miller and Leslie Uggams respectively, are tear-starters with their jokes, and who definitely add a lot of colorful humor on the sidelines.

While there’s no reason to pick on the superb acting and the hotshot action sequences, a lot can be said about the emotions the movie makes you cough up. Whether it’s a romantic comedy, action flick or a sadistic grungy flick, you’ll have to choose your pick quickly. While you’re swallowed into the crossfire of action and jokes, people fail to realize that the climax was less than mediocre leaving you with a bold ‘meh’ in the end because that’s defines the totality of a movie. Although the hyperactive 18+ spiderman lookalike possesses an adequate supply of wise cracks and knee-snappers, most of them have been heard in the movie’s trailers, leaving out just a few less matched comments, which might leave movie goers a bit disappointed as they stretch their ears for more. The recurring shift between the past and present time lines to story tell may irritate now and then but gels with the movie’s rhythmic flow eventually.

Deadpool was a movie that was made by the fans, and for the fans. While Tim Miller delivers a ‘semi-solid’ action packed movie that takes you on a filthy ride on anything but your mama, it keeps the fans satisfied enough and seduces newcomers all around to come back for another viewing. This is surely going to rejuvenate FOX’s money pool after a whole bunch of dryers like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the new Fantastic Four (let’s not forget the old ones too) who have been on the same run with Sony who have done a spectacular job at diminishing the love for Spiderman. Nevertheless, the red merc’s dirty-talking is what is going to get you through this a little above average and hyped movie as he provides pure comical entertainment. Thank FOX for not considering tying up this lose end literally this time around, if you get my meaning.

‘Deadpool’ is insulting people in theaters already, so don’t forget to catch it!

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