BY DREW LACOUTURE
In what might be the most hilarious comedy of the past couple of years, Twentieth Century Fox’s adaptation of Marvel’s “Deadpool” destroys almost all expectations with a stellar script, tight action and a rightfully placed “R” rating.
But really, do not take children to see this movie just because it is a superhero movie. Save that for the other five coming out this year.
Yes, this is an origin story and yes, it does have some clichés but it does the origin story in a clever and at times unpredictable way that breaks the film up quite nicely. Plus the movie is so self-aware (along with Deadpool himself) that it actually makes fun of the superhero clichés and flips them on their heads.
Much like Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Huge Jackman as Wolverine, Ryan Reynolds was not only born to play this character, he completely makes it his own. This is quite the acting comeback for him especially after the abomination that was “Green Lantern.”
There really is a lot to enjoy about this film especially for those looking for something different among the saturation of superhero films. Just about single every joke lands bullseye from the fourth wall breaks, to the pop culture references and the chemistry between Reynolds with the rest of the cast.
For a newcomer, Tim Miller’s direction is quite impressive. There is not any masterful filmmaking here but there are some great shots that elevate the comedy just beyond the dialogue. One thing that was brilliant was making Deadpool’s eyes move and animate even underneath the mask making him seem like he came straight out of the comic book.
This film is grounded enough for it to be believable, but outrageous enough for just about anybody to get some laughs. A lot of the jokes were spoiled in the trailers but there are still so many that just made the audience burst with laughter.
It is hard to say if it was done on purpose to make Reynolds more of the star, but Ed Skrien’s character Ajax was not only a boring villain but a forgettable one. He had no jokes, Skrien’s performance was lifeless and he had almost the exact same powers as Deadpool. Luckily he was not really that important to the film other than to be an antagonist, but it was really disappointing too see a great character have such a lack luster enemy.
However Morena Baccarin as Deadpool’s love interest and T.J. Miller as his friend both do a decent job. The chemistry Baccarin and Reynolds have is incredible, making their relationship believable and just as fun to watch as when Deadpool is cutting up bad guys.
Speaking of which, this movie also has some pretty awesome action. There is quite a bit of computer generated images in it but it actually looks pretty good for a movie with a smaller budget behind it. Though some moments are intense, this is a small stakes movie, allowing the characters and comedy to shine rather than the spectacle.
The soundtrack is also very enjoyable. A lot of variety in terms of songs choices and each song fit perfectly for the scene that Deadpool would actually be listening to in that moment.
Bottom line, this movie is probably the best Deadpool movie anybody could have asked for. Not only is it one of the accurate depictions of a superhero on screen, but it demonstrates that an “R” rated superhero film can be crazy but also bring in the masses with some superb marketing. Aside from an awful villain, “Deadpool” will be begging for multiple returns to the theaters and will be remembered as being one of the funniest movies of the decade.
The Flyer gives “Deadpool” an 8/10.