Well, here’s a movie that no one asked for. I mean, if you don’t count the comic book fans… the gamers, the cartoon lovers, and the entire FRIGGIN’ world, then no one asked for this movie… picking up on my sarcasm yet?
For those of you that don’t know, I’m actually not a comic book reader. Nothing against them, it’s just not something I picked up as a wee lad. I was always more into gaming, TV, and of course, movies. Comics just wasn’t my thing. Hard to say what first got me into Deadpool in the first. I suppose a huge majority of it comes from Nolan North, an actor primarily known for his voice in video games such as Drake from the Uncharted franchise and, of course, Deadpool from pretty much every on screen appearance he’s had: DEADPOOL the video game, his debut appearance in MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 3, and even in the TV movie HULK VS. WOLVERINE. His work seemed to please fans everywhere and I won’t lie, I got sucked into the craze too.
Like most people, I didn’t have a problem with Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, and a full-length solo outing staring the man didn’t seem like a bad idea. Of course, the more I saw of Deadpool, the more I wanted to see a movie too. Well, it’s finally here. Does it live up to the hype, or did pull a DUKE NUKEM FOREVER and let everyone down? This is my honest opinion of DEADPOOL.
Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former special forces soldier now in the private sector, hurting bad people for fee. One day, he meets a beautiful hooker named Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and the two fall in love. Things get complicated though when Wade gets cancer… pretty much everywhere. But a chance encounter with a stooge for a private company experimenting with stuff offers Wade a chance to cure his cancer, to which he takes. After some torture at the hands of the evil Ajax/Francis (Ed Skrein), the experiments work, giving Wade a healing factor preventing him from dying. But there’s a side effect, his cancer mutated his skin, making him rather unpleasant to look at. The torture lab explodes thanks to Wade’s escape and Ajax/Francis escapes as well. Taking up a red costume and adopting the name Deadpool, he goes on a hunt for the man who ruined his life.
OMG IT’S SO GOOD!!! IT’S SO FUCKIN’ FUNNY, I WAS DYING OF LAUGHTER, I HAVEN’T HAD THIS MUCH FUN IN A SUPERHERO MOVIE SINCE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, AND IT’S SO AMAZING, AND SO AWESOME-
*deeeeeeeeep inhale, relaxed exhale*
Should I just stop here? I should just stop here, shouldn’t I? There’s no reason to go any further, I should just stop here.
No… no no no, that’s not how I do a review, but in the name of awesome Stan Lee cameos, that should be enough.
Reynolds is perfectly cast. He parades himself like a cartoon character and it works like a charm. You see the passion that he has in this role. Every swing of the sword, every clever one liner, it oozes with fun and energy, he owns this role. This might be his career best.
It doesn’t end there. Baccarin as Vanessa is great, playing a sympathetic love interest with equal comedy woven into her character. Skrein as Ajax is a sadistic piece of shit that we love to hate. That British smile that looks more poisonous than alien blood, I kinda wanted a shower after every scene he smiles in. Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic, performed by Greg LaSalle) is ridiculously awesome and probably the best designed Colossus that film has dished out, no offense to Daniel Cudmore (Colossus in every other X-Men movie). Brianna Hildebrand as Nagasonic Teenage Warhead was a fun character as well, being a great comic foil and rival when they share screen time. And quite a few bad-ass moments herself. Sure hope to see her in the inevitable DEADPOOL 2. And a big shout out to the lovely and insanely kick-ass Gina Carano as Angel Dust. Pretty sure I was more afraid of her than I was of Ajax. Everyone works incredibly well off of each other, sharing great chemistry, the passion for this movie from the cast shines right on through. Not gonna lie, a LITTLE sad there wasn’t a Hugh Jackman cameo, but a hilarious ball-rubbing reference did just fine.
However, all the praise in the world is great, but the true testament to a comedy is how it sticks with you. Laughing in the moment is great, but if you find yourself thinking about a joke the next day and still laughing hard at it, that’s when you know you’ve seen something special. “Where’s your duffle bag?” *silence…* “Oh, I’m gonna spell it out for you.” “You’re still here? It’s over. Go home.” And I’m still laughing out loud.
Honestly though, despite the one or two nitpicks I may have had, I can’t bring myself to let that downplay the love I have for this movie. Every line is a bulls-eye, everything was just absolutely perfect. I’ve seen it once, but I want to see it again. Many more times, in fact.
My honest rating: 5/5