We’ve seen some fairly miraculous things in the movie industry lately. George Miller, the creative mind behind the Mad Max franchise 30 years ago, returned to helm 2015’s critically-acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road and brought the franchise to a new generation. Another impressive feat was J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens, which fared well amongst fans and critics. Now, after the Wolverine: Origins debacle, Ryan Reynolds has been determined to redeem himself with a true adaptation of the Deadpool character and we now have it. After a monstrous opening weekend, Deadpool has proven to be a huge hit, breaking records and, potentially, setting a precedent for future superhero movies to come.
Deadpool finds Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), a former mercenary, taking on the likeness of a reluctant superhero to save the love of his life, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). For those unfamiliar with the character, Deadpool is a loud, crass, and raunchy anti-hero that is famous for his ability to break the fourth wall. What that means for the audience is hilarity and immersion. The character is aware that he is being watched, he is aware of past films (i.e. Wolverine: Origins), and he is aware of the world that exists outside of his movie. This is shown through various references to celebrities, the superhero genre, and pop culture.
Now, some audience members who are unaware of Reynolds’ previous outing as the character, or his work in general, may feel left out of some of the jokes and fun of the film. However, there are still plenty of laughs to be had, regardless of your knowledge about superhero movies. And, as you may be aware, this movie is rated R. It is a hard R, meaning that they take every possible opportunity to deliver the most profane and violent movie possible. There’s nudity, excessive language, and some graphic violence. Needless to say, though it is a superhero movie, you will want to keep your kids away from Deadpool and you yourself may want to stay away depending on your disdain for vulgarity.
Despite its obscene sense of humor, Deadpool actually prides itself on being a love story. The relationship between Wade Wilson and Vanessa is one of those things that’s just crazy enough to work. The audience is quick to buy into their love for one another, and it is the thing that drives the film forward. Even in the midst of the audience’s laughter, there are moments of emotional depth. This is worth mentioning because there aren’t many relationships within the genre that actually work.
Deadpool delivers on all of its promises, and judging by the post-credits scene, it won’t be the last time we see Reynolds as our favorite anti-hero. What did you think of the film?