This is a movie that I have been waiting for since the release of “Blade: Trinity.” I know how this is going to sound, but I enjoyed that film. Probably too much, to be honest. Ryan Reynolds played a huge part in that. So did Triple H, but that’s a conversation for another time.
Anyway, the news of Ryan Reynolds playing Deadpool started not long after the third Blade film was released. I didn’t know anything about Wade Wilson, so when I read about the casting choice, I looked him up. He sounded like a character I’d be into, but I didn’t read any of the comics yet.
That came way later. My brother started collecting the trade paperbacks, and my buddy had the ones he didn’t. It was a perfect situation.
Being a fan of both Deadpool and Ryan Reynolds, this film became the Holy Grail of unmade comic book films. Arnold Schwarzenegger as Doc Ock? James Cameron directing a Spider-Man movie? I could go on and on. None of them compared to the perfection that was Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool. It was up there with Patrick Stewart as Professor X. Practically written in the stars.
Then “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” happened. We got a little taste of Reynolds as Wade, and it made things worse. So much wasted potential. They had to capitalize at some point, right?
Once the Deadpool film screenplay leaked, the hype levels rose to unbearable levels. HOW COULD THEY NOT MAKE THIS MOVIE?!?! Thank God someone leaked the test footage. Due to the incredibly positive response it got, FOX gave “Deadpool,” the film, a green light.
Now here we are. “Deadpool” is the highest grossing film in the X-Men franchise. That’s because it lived up to every ounce of anticipation that every fan felt for it. From beginning to end, it’s a great ride. There’s comedy, heart, action, blood, gunfights, comedy, Deadpool, X-Men, and just so much more. It absolutely deserves to be the biggest moneymaker for the franchise.
I can only hope it signals a change for the X-Men franchise, as a whole, and we see more comic book influences come into play.
All right, let’s review the film real quick. It starts with Deadpool catching a taxicab. He’s going to launch an assault on AJAX, the man responsible for his horrible facial disfigurement. From there, Mr. Pool himself starts to tell you his story. In case you’re unaware, a huge part of the character is that he breaks the fourth wall, and talks to the audience (or the reader, in the case of the comic books).
The opening action set piece is a framing device throughout much of the film. It goes back and forth between that, and flashbacks. The whole thing works really well. There isn’t a minute of lag on the movie. The performances are all stellar, as well. The villain should be a lame cliche, but the actor (Ed Skrein) brings something to it. He makes you hate him intensely. I couldn’t wait to see Deadpool get his revenge.
Negasonic Teenage Warhead (played by Brianna Hildebrand) is great, too. Colossus is portrayed perfectly, as well, through the use of motion capture and some top notch voice work by a man named Stefan Kapicic. They all take a backseat to Ryan Reynolds, though.
If he wasn’t a star, this would be called a star-making performance. He absolutely commands every second of the film he’s in, whether he’s hidden under the suit, or some intense facial prosthetics. You never forget this is a Deadpool movie.
No one will ever say the villain outshined the hero like they do for most of the Batman films.
There’s not much else I can say. If I were to rate this, I’d honestly give it a 10. I’ve seen it multiple times in theaters. I’ll probably see it a couple more. I can’t get enough of the movie.
It’s everything I’ve been waiting for since I bought the DVD copy of “Blade: Trinity,” and got hyped all over again on Ryan Reynolds trying to find humor in playing off a very obviously displeased Wesley Snipes. Imagine if he was Deadpool in that movie!
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