I love Marvel (and DC) movies a lot, every time an announcement is made I head to the cinema gooey eyed for more superhero goodness and then keep telling myself that I should read the comic books (it will happen!)
Last night saw the first night of the Deadpool showings, and I knew that I had to go and see it, especially because being a bad ‘geek’ I didn’t know much about this superhero.
*warning there may be spoilers below if you don’t know the story*
I was a little skeptical about having Ryan Reynolds playing the main character in a superhero movie, it doesn’t seem like the right sort of film for him, but I have to say straight out that I think this role was made for him. His humor, the way he talks and everything he does is just spot on with the way you envisage the character being.
Deadpool is technically the eighth movie in the X Men series, but if you’re anything like me you’d have no idea of the connection but the movie hints as to this connection as two X Men Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are seen helping Deadpool fight his battles and Colossus talks of how they’ve been trying to recruit Deadpool to join the X Men team.
The movie is a little back and forth which I thought was really good, beginning with a large action scene which is broken up by going back to eventually show how we landed in this moment. The most important build up is the story about how Wade Wilson turned became Deadpool. He began life as a bit of a thug helping teenage girls get rid of unwanted stalkers until he develops terminal cancer.
He is offered a way to survive and leaves his old life to be injected with a serum by Francis Freeman and subjected by the torture of the superhuman powers of Angel Dust to force a mutation to develop, The mutation then curses Wade’s cancer but it disfigures his face in the meantime. Unable to go back to his old life due to his face Wade seeks to find Francis to demand a cure.
The film has a good amount of action without it feeling like there is too much going on but the best thing about it is the humor, imagine Guardian’s of the Galaxy but a bit more adult and Reynolds pulls it off to perfection. The movie breaks down the fourth-wall with Deadpool regularly talking directly to the audience when he asks “I bet you’re wondering how a hero like me got my own film” and regularly throughout including the special after end credits. Sadly there isn’t much in the after trailers which just makes hints about Deadpool 2 and asks you to clear up your rubbish from the cinema.
Overall Deadpool was fast, funny, entertaining and the perfect Marvel movie.