Review by Justin Waldman for Mr. Will Wong
Anyone who has been following Ryan Reynolds’ career knows that for over a decade he has tried time and again to persuade the powers that be to green-light a Deadpool Movie. The year is 2016, it’s Valentines Day and the merc with a mouth finally has hit the big screen and it is as glorious as one could ever hope. After the unfortunate portrayal of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Deadpool brings the fourth wall-breaking mercenary with an R-rated mouth, to the big screen. He is a superhero who kicks so much butt, his greatness hardly can be contained within the Film’s running length. Deadpool is the best 20th Century Fox Marvel title to be released yet. It is incredibly-entertaining from start to finish. We dare you not to crave a Chimichanga by the end of it.
The Movie begins with Deadpool/Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) hunting down his nemesis, for the time being, Ajax (Ed Skerin) for turning him into the healing über-ridiculous superhero that we all fall in love with by the end of the Film. After laying down some superb violence, he is interrupted by Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) some of Professor Xavier’s students and colleagues, the X-Men.
The Movie then, as it does on more than one occasion, backtracks a little bit to give a background story on Wade Wilson and his relationship with his beautiful girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). Wade finds out that he has cancer and turns to his buddy/bartender Weasel (T.J Miller), before being approached by some random dude in a black suit (not Phil Coulson), and is told about an experimental drug that can cure his cancer. Thus, Deadpool is born. No more spoilers from here, other than the fact that the opening credits are hilarious in true, crude Deadpool form.
Now for the performances, some of which are nothing short of perfect. Ryan Reynolds embodies Deadpool to a t. Not since Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, has there been such spot-on casting for a superhero role. Stand-up Comedian T.J Miller also is fantastic, proving that sometimes unscripted moments can provide the biggest laughs. Morena Baccarin as the archetypal Damsel-in-Distress, truly is a driving force behind Deadpool’s action and role as a pseudo-superhero. We do find ourselves wishing that Colossus and Negasonice Teenage Warhead played by Stefan Kapicic and Brianna Hildebrand respectively, were better-developed but this is where an inevitable Sequel comes to play.
Deadpool is everything a Superhero Movie should be and delivers everything franchise fans have been asking for. This is the Movie you need to see this on this weekend of romance.
20th Century Fox Canada release DEADPOOL on Friday, February 12, 2016.