Ask me a few months ago if I thought “Deadpool” would be the most fun I would have in theaters since Kingsman and I would’ve told you there’s no way. The trailers’ jokes fell flat to me and it seemed like it was going for a Family Guy-esque sort of feel. I came out of the movie with a smile that not even Star Wars could create. “Deadpool” stars Ryan Reynolds as the titled character as he seeks to redeem the horrid mistake of “Wolverine: Origins” that has followed him through the mud with “Green Lantern” close behind. It also stars Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, TJ Miller as Weasel, and Ed Skrein as Ajax.
The opening credits are usually filled with the citing of dozens of companies involved in the making of the movie, but “Deadpool” took a more self-aware approach than most and set the tone for the rest of the runtime. It starts off action-packed with the scene that most of us have seen, which was leaked a year and a half ago. That footage was CGI, so I imagined it wouldn’t look as good in live action, but it actually looked better! The humor wasn’t too esoteric, the choreography was astounding, and it introduced a few other characters in way that made sense. The whole “breaking the fourth wall” shtick could’ve come off cheesy halfway through the movie, but they wrote it in enough that it wasn’t. Being the character that Deadpool is, if it didn’t feel organic then the whole movie would’ve fallen apart. I will say not all the jokes hit, but for every joke that didn’t hit, there were at least five to make up for it. “Deadpool” poked fun at a lot of real world characters and didn’t censor itself when it came to bringing up the studio’s past mistakes. It really could’ve been worse; they could’ve sewn his mouth shut.
Ryan Reynolds was born to play this role. There are few superhero actors that fit this description: Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain American, and now we can add Reynolds to this list. Even though he’s wearing a mask for 90% of the movie, you can feel his personality seeping through the tights. I can’t imagine hearing any other voice besides Reynolds’ when I read Deadpool comics now. The writers were still able to make Wade Wilson feel other emotions besides sarcasm. Behind the exterior of the merc with a mouth is someone who just wants true love. Cheesy, right? But they make it work! Oddly enough, this isn’t a bad choice for a Valentine’s Day flick. It can’t be worse than “The Choice.”
As far as plot goes, it’s the only aspect of “Deadpool” that leaves you wanting more. It’s a simple revenge-love story so there’s not much side plot happening. For most movies, that wouldn’t warrant praise like it is, but this is more about the actual character than what’s happening. It’s not amazing, but by no means is it a bad story. It builds a decent enough base for what’s to come in the future ( X-Force, please?!). Speaking of the future, I really hope Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus are in “Deadpool 2.” Colossus has been in X-Men films before, but this is the first time he spoke more than three lines and made me care for him. Negasonic doesn’t say much, but her spunky attitude fits the world of Deadpool.
This being the first year that we’re getting SIX comic book films, “Deadpool” blasts the door open in a month that usually doesn’t have much to offer. I forsee this being what “Kingsmen: The Secret Service” was to me last year. It’s violent, but it’s not gory enough to make someone squeamish. I expected the jokes to be overly crude, but they’re tasteful…well as tasteful as Deadpool can be, so not too tasteful. Guys, I honestly expected to hate this because of the trailers, but this will be the most fun you can have this weekend. Maybe you’ll see me coming out of my second, third, or fourth viewing. If there was a bar for superhero films of 2016, “Deadpool” has set it very high.