“Third time is the charm” is an accurate phrase when discussing Ryan Reynolds’ history with superhero films. He first played Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” that ultimately left many horrified. Reynolds tried to play a superhero again with “The Green Lantern” that also left a lot of people underwhelmed.
Now with his third attempt at the superhero genre, Reynolds has not only brought us the best representation of Deadpool we’ve ever seen, but one of the best characters in the superhero world to date.
“Deadpool” is a story of love, revenge, and origins, of Wade Wilson (Reynolds), a mercenary in New York City. He meets a girl named Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarin) and begins to form a romantic connection. Eventually, Wilson is diagnosed with terminal cancer, and later undergoes an experiment that can possibly cure his life-sentencing illness, leading to his mutant powers.
During the experiment, he’s tortured by Angel Dust (Gina Corano) and Francis Freeman/Ajax (Ed Skrein), resulting in Wilson’s skin and face becoming very disfigured. Wilson eventually becomes Deadpool in order to seek revenge on Francis to try and fix his outside appearance, all while avoiding Vanessa.
The best thing about this movie is Ryan Reynolds. This is the greatest casting of a Marvel character since Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man. He revives the character from his painful representation back in 2009. He throws everything he’s got into this, and it is his finest performance yet.
Reynolds was always a good choice for Deadpool with his sense of humor matching the character’s, but unfortunately “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” destroyed his opportunity to do so with the odd decisions made for the character.
Another great aspect of “Deadpool” is the comedy. This is without a doubt the funniest superhero movie to ever be released. It feels like a spoof of other superhero movies for the amount of times they mock it, even having fun with Reynolds’ history with the genre.
The official trailer even has him saying “Don’t make me green, or animated.” Stuff like that is constant throughout the movie, and is hilarious.
This movie has the funniest opening credits ever put in a movie. It immediately tells the audience the kind of movie they’re in for with captions like “A Hot Chick” or “A CGI Character.”
A lot of the comedy also felt very much like what a Deadpool movie should be like. He smacktalks, swears like a sailor, and does his trademark breaking the fourth wall to the audience (he literally moves the camera away from him once).
The film is rated “R,” which is the first Marvel movie to ever earn that rating, but it feels necessary. Gore, people getting sliced to bits, and a lot of crude humor does take place, but really helps represent who Deadpool really is. The film probably wouldn’t have worked if it had a lower rating.
Since it’s rated “R,” the action is more adult than most Marvel movies are, but are loads of fun to watch.There’s really only two big fight scenes in the movie, but both are done so well that the audience will remember everything.
The film even has a couple of X-Men characters aside from Deadpool. Colossus (Stefan Kapičić) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) are the only two, but they really work off Reynolds well, and we even get to see them within the X-Mansion.
Even with the amazing main lead and very charming comedy, there are some aspects that hold this movie back from being one of the greatest superhero films, like its story and villains.
The movie makes fun of superhero film stereotypes like saving the day, getting the girl, etc., but the story actually is by-the-numbers in terms of structure. It all boils down to another love story and revenge plot that really don’t add anything new to stand out from the other stories like this one.
A hero is only as good as his villain, right? Well Deadpool is definitely better than his counterparts in about every way in terms of overall appeal. While not terrible by any means, Reynolds adds something new to the superhero film genre with his charm and charisma whereas Skrein and Coran don’t.
The film calls out all the superhero cliches, and to have the villains be the average bad guys we’ve seen a million times before feels lazy. The villains would’ve worked better if they were funnier with their roles to mock supervillains, or be much more threatening.
Even with those issues, “Deadpool” was bound for success since its official trailer, showcasing everything that fans wanted in a Deadpool movie. With great action, a very funny and light tone, and a pitch perfect performance by Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool” will give you a superhero film you haven’t seen before.