I’m figuring that with the film having been released for over a week to the general masses that all of the absolute comic book film diehards have gotten to see “Deadpool”. I caught this a couple of days ago with my good friend Skeleton Pete and I wanted to offer up some quick insight about the film but nothing that is going to be a spoiler for anyone. At least I don’t think that there will be anything spoiled. We saw it over at the Regal Union Square Stadium on 13th Street which is a usual haunt for us to see the adventure films. While we went super early, there is NO matinee price to speak of at this theater. Here we go.
For starters, I should stress that “Deadpool” is NOT a part of the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe (referred to from now on as “MCU” for the sake of typing) and is instead considered among the “X-Men” film universe that is maintained by 20th Century Fox. Some people might not know who Deadpool even is or what this film entails so here is a repeat of the film premise that was culled from its Wikipedia page just before release.
“In an effort to cure his cancer, former special forces operative Wade Wilson was subjected to an experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, disfigured skin, an unstable mind and a “dark, twisted” sense of humor. Armed with new abilities and a new identity, Wilson hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.”
Now you should know that Wade Wilson is a mercenary and a bit of a d*ck as well so I was curious to see how Ryan Reynolds would portray him and I must say that his actions were exactly what I wanted. Reynolds really gave us the complete d*ck that I had hoped for. The sarcasm worked well and there were a ton of inside jokes going around so it’s a film that you will need to pay attention during. The intro is very different and a little hard to describe but after some brief “hellos” from Pool we jump right into the action. With Deadpool continuing his mercenary trade I should warn you that this is ultra-violent and hence the “R” rating. I think this is the first comic book film that I have seen to hold such a rating. Joining Reynolds in the cast for the film are Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, Ed Skrein as Francis/Ajax, T. J. Miller as Weasel, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapičić as Piotr Rasputin/Colossus and Leslie Uggams as Blind Al. Vanessa is the girlfriend and Weasel is the best friend. Ajax and Angel Dust are the villains and Blind Al is Deadpools roommate and I had to say that her portrayal was exactly as I had hoped since she is a pip in the comics.
We do get a couple of X-Men in the film which you have likely seen on the commercials and they are used well. Its Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead and again since they are mentioned in trailers and spots this is not a spoiler. Their interaction is fun and kept him firmly entrenched in the X-franchise mythology. We do get his origin and I am sure that you expected this to be revealed since it’s the debut film for him and while it might be viewed as a little longer than many liked, since we have him in costume at the beginning too it didn’t bother me all that much. The villains are not over the top grandiose Magneto type ones and more along the lines of what you expect Deadpool to face on a semi-regular basis. Does Mr. Pool win out in the end? Well for that information you should hit the theaters and see for yourself. The pacing is quick at times with only a few bumps in the road but nothing that took away from the flow of the storyline. I liked that since some films are too damned slow and this is not the kind of character that work in that setting. The big battle at the close of the film was well done and I will leave it at that.
When the credits began to run, I wondered if there was going to be a bonus scene of any kind since this was now something commonplace in the MCU but not really in the X-Men series of films. Since none of my friends gave me any clues we decided to wait it out and at the very, very end of them there was something to watch. It was quick “different” from what we usually see but you’ll have to wait and watch and see what I am talking about with this. Overall this is an entertaining couple of hours but it is NOT for the younger audiences at all so don’t cave and bring a little one to this feature. The language and the violence and sexual banter might get you in trouble with your significant other or parents. A question I was asked by someone not familiar with the Deadpool character was could they see the film with no background at all and I felt that yes was the answer to that. The films don’t 100% follow what happens in the comic books so you can come into this one clean – provided you are old enough to do so. The link to the films Wiki is below but don’t click it unless you want to see clear plot spoilers.
Official Film Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadpool_(film)