First rule of the Deadpool movie: we do not talk about X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Second rule of the Deadpool movie: we do not pull Paul Reubens in the theater. Third rule of the Deadpool movie: we DO NOT talk about X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Follow those rules, then yes. Yes, I will go see Deadpool with you again, but we’re going to have to go Dutch (economy what it is and all). How was it, you ask? It was perverted, violent, disturbing, offensive, swamped with in-jokes, and not fit for children or the elderly. In other words, it was the perfect Deadpool movie. Of course, there will be complaints about accuracy to the comics, but that’s mainly the limitations transitioning print to film media (Plus studio interference, I’m assuming). It’s not 100% accurate, but by Grabthar’s hammer, they tried!
Deadpool, for those who don’t know anything beyond “He’s awesome ’cause he’s got ninja swords and kills people!” is Marvel Comics’ resident insane, immortal, fourth-wall breaking anti-hero.
In case you don’t know (I’m having to explain a lot here), the “fourth wall” is the imaginary barrier in visual media that serves as the point of view for the audience. When a character directly addresses the audience, they are “breaking the fourth wall”. For example, Zack Morris of 90s classic sitcom Saved by the Bell broke the fourth wall in his frequent asides to the audience. In Deadpool, the fourth wall was not merely broken; it was shot, stabbed, mutilated, folded, spindled, and violated in ways banned by the Geneva Convention. I’m also pretty sure I heard somebody in the theater insult the fourth wall’s momma.
There’s been a lot of controversy about the movie’s “R” rating, barring younger fans from seeing their beloved Deadpool. Seriously, though, are these same mothers who are complaining that their children can’t see Deadpool actually reading the comics they’re buying for their kids? In case they didn’t know, Wade “Deadpool” Wilson kills people for fun and profit (mostly fun). He is deranged, cruel, and thinks about sex much, much more than the average male–every seven seconds if the Internet is to be believed.
Actually, I don’t think Wade ever stops thinking about sex, and he has no problem letting the world know about it by, literally, turning to the reader and telling them about the perverted, often disturbing, fantasies in his head. If you’re okay with letting your child read about the exploits of such a character, more power to you…but don’t complain when the movie stays true to form and gets a rated for a mature audience. Besides, if they can put Snakes on a Plane on TBS, the kiddies’ll get their chance to see it eventually (“Monkey fighting snakes!”).
Ryan Reynolds has achieved his dream of playing the real Deadpool in a movie. The snarky, arrogant, smarta**, sassy comedic persona of Reynolds cultivated since Two Guys, A Girl, and a Pizza Place finally paid off! The result? Wade Wilson brought to life on the big screen. Not bad for Rob Liefeld ripping-off Deathstroke ripping-off Taskmaster. Of course, Deathstroke is DC Comics’ b.a. assassin and Taskmaster just sounds like the main character of A CO-ED bondage porno (Did I stretch too far on that one? Eh, screw it).
Besides the perfect fit of Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with a Mouth, we have Morena Baccarin (who fanboys have been in love with since Firefly), as Wade’s love interest, Vanessa Carlysle. Their relationship is a close approximation to their comic origins, except for the fact she’s NOT a shape-shifting mutant spy. Really missed the ball on that one, but she still manages to be a decent character. Leslie Uggams plays Deadpool’s much put upon roommate, Blind Al, and the sardonic T. J. Miller plays Wade’s sardonic best friend, Weasel (Both relationships with Deadpool are far less abusive than their comic counterparts, mostly due to time constraints I’m assuming). Deadpool’s origin is retold rather faithfully with Ajax/Francis, although it’s not directly stated as being a part of the Weapon X program. Even the X-Men’s Colossus appears as a heroic mirror to Deadpool and mentor to young mutant Negasonic Teenage Warhead (that really is an awesome name!).
All in all, it’s very clear that 20th Century Fox has found their new Wolverine-esque cash cow, especially since Hugh Jackman announced his departure from the role that made him a household name. 20th Century Fox isn’t giving up the X-Men and related properties license any time soon. Depending on the exact list of characters Fox has the film rights to (besides X-Men), this could lead a charge of relatively obscure franchises, including, but not limited to X-Force, X-Factor, X-Wives of Albuquerque, and Generation X (can you guess the one I made up?).
Deadpool is a barrel full of drunken, horny monkeys! From the first word of the opening credits to the after credits homage, it’s funny, perverted, and packed with ultra-violent action. It’s everything any Deadpool fan could want in a movie about their favorite Merc with a Mouth. If you haven’t seen it yet because you wanted to avoid the crowds, go see it now! And bring along with everyone else who waited to avoid the crowds, effectively making an entirely new crowd. Aww, just go see it already and enjoy!