Disclaimer: The following is a review for the movie DEADPOOL which is rated “R.” AdventuresByDaddy.com is a family friendly site and we generally only offer reviews for films that are suitable for families to view together. Because of our positive relationship with both Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Studios, as well as our continuing coverage of most films in the superhero genre, we have decided to move forwards and review this film on our site. Be aware that the favorable review that follows should not be interpreted as an endorsement of the film as being appropriate for children. It is definitely for adults only.
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With DEADPOOL, Twentieth Century Fox has taken a big risk with their latest film based on a Marvel comic book character. This new addition to the superhero genre is a very different kind of film than we are use to getting from this or any studio. It comes with a rating of “R” and definitely earns it. With a tone more reminiscent of the films of Paul Verhoeven (ROBOCOP and BASIC INSTINCT) than THE AVENGERS, it’s extremely violent and sexual in nature. Fortunately for audiences though, what could have been handled in an immature and exploitive way is instead handled with style and intelligence, giving us a smart, exciting and fun ride.
The story is relatively simple as it tells the origins of Deadpool’s mutant healing powers. Ryan Reynolds plays Wade Wilson, a former mercenary who makes a living working as a bully-for-hire for those in need. Wade’s life changes for the better when he meets a hooker, Vanessa, and the pair fall in love. Then when life seems to be heading in the right direction, Wade is diagnosed with a late stage of cancer. Feeling that there is no hope, he reluctantly agrees to take part in some gene-altering experiments to cure this horrible diagnosis. Ajax, the man in charge turns out to be rather sadistic and the experiments leave Wade horribly disfigured. Armed with his new abilities and a twisted sense of humor, he takes on the identity of Deadpool and decides to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
When reviewing DEADPOOL we really need to start at the very beginning. The movie opens by treating the audience to what may be one of my top five all-time favorite opening credit sequences. I won’t spoil it here, but the originality of how the credits are given is pure genius. It sets up the tone for the whole film perfectly. With that said I must also inform everyone that they will want to make sure and sit through to the end of the closing credits. Here we are also given what may officially be my favorite ending credit tag ever as the film pays tribute to another great closing credit tag that was given to audiences all the way back in the eighties.
The humor in DEADPOOL is spot on. The jokes come at a fast pace with very few of them missing their mark. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who previously penned the surprise hit ZOMBIELAND, really step it up. They infuse the story with over the top situations that, because of their humorous delivery, never seem to cross the line of “too much.” Their use of movie references is amazing. Paying homage to films from ROBOCOP to X-MEN while throwing in quips about movie franchises and budgets, the writing never seems to miss a beat.
First time feature film director Tim Miller takes the material and directs it like a seasoned professional. He keeps the humor light and the action exciting. Even while using a clichéd style that I usually don’t like (action being interrupted by the use of slow motion) his technique mixes well with an over the top sense of humor, allowing it to effectively work in a way that I wasn’t expecting – parodying action films while also respecting them.
The true key to the success of the film really relies on Reynolds’ performance though. Playing a character that could have easily turned into a one dimensional superhero throwing out predictable and clichéd one liners, he actually gives Deadpool a multi-dimensional quality, revealing some real emotions mixed in with his cockiness. Reynolds’ timing on the jokes is nearly perfect and he shows so much love and respect for the character that, although he can come off as crude at times, we can’t help but want to join him on this crazy roller coaster ride.
The supporting cast is also exceptional as they all seem to understand the limits of the humor/violence and how to make sure it doesn’t feel cheesy. Actress Leslie Uggams gives a stand out performance playing Wade’s older roommate Blind Al, and Morena Baccarin brings some real spirit and emotion into the unusual love relationship that her character Vanessa has with Wade.
When I first heard that DEADPOOL was shooting for an “R” rating I got a little worried. I wasn’t really familiar with the character and thought that this direction could be detrimental to Marvel’s superhero franchise. Now having seen it, I applaud the filmmakers and studio for not being scared to take a real risk. This is an adult film and isn’t scared to be proud of what it wants to be. So for any adult looking for a great night out, call the babysitter and put Marvel’s ANT-MAN onto the TV for the kids, then go out and have some real adult fun with the superhero in the red and black suit – DEADPOOL.
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