After spending over a decade in development hell, Deadpool finally hits cinemas following a glorious marketing campaign. Directed by first-time director Tim Miller and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who most notably wrote Zombieland. Can they undo the damage of Deadpool’s first outing in X-Men Origins: Wolverine back in 2009?
The time Deadpool spent in limbo may have actually been time well-spent, now more than ever the superhero genre is dominating the box office and becoming tired in the process. That’s not to say the film doesn’t fall into the same predictable territory at times, but with opening credits that read “starring a British villain” and “an entirely CGI character”, not only does it set the tone for the entire movie, it makes it incredibly difficult to dislike a film that openly mocks its flaws.
We’re thrown straight into the mix as the film opens with the confrontation that featured in the trailer, from there the narrative leaps back and forth, between Deadpool’s origin story and present day. The character Deadpool has a vast fan base, but for the less comic book savvy (that’s me) an origin story, in this case, was welcome. Unlike Batman or Spider-Man, who have gradually leaked into pop culture, due to many film adaptations and in the process their origin stories becoming common knowledge and at this point repetitive, Deadpool’s story hasn’t yet been told (properly).
Ryan Reynolds is Wade Wilson/Deadpool, a mercenary who is diagnosed with terminal cancer soon after proposing to his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). Desperate to live, he decides to accept an offer made to him by a recruiter (Jed Rees) from a secret programme, offering an experimental cure for his cancer. Although curing him and rendering him immortal, he is left severely scarred and begins hunting down Ajax (Ed Skrein), the mutant responsible for his disfigurement, with the help of two X-Men mutants, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Colossus (Stefan Kapičić).
With a 15 certificate here in the UK and an R rating in the US, there’s been a lot of emphasis on the smutty nature of comedy (in which there is plenty of) but there are a variety of laughs to be had. From slapstick physical comedy and fourth wall breaks, to witty one-liners and playful jibes towards the superhero genre. The laughs are consistent and appeal to the already enormous fan base and the uninitiated.
Although Deadpool does feature genre clichés, the film is aware of it and is already two steps ahead and cracking a joke about it. Ryan Reynolds undoubtedly steals the show and is clearly revelling in bringing an authentic Deadpool movie to our screens. Which is thoroughly entertaining whether you’re a fan of the source material or a newbie like myself.