Friday, February 12, 2016
Deadpool Review: Ridiculous, Crude and Absolutely Fantastic
This reboot tells the origin of Wade Wilson and how became the iconic anti-hero. In order to cure his cancer, Wilson enlist in a secret program that would give him superhuman abilities. However the program was not as it appeared to be as the villainous Francis/Ajax (Ed Skerin) tortured Wade in the hopes to awaken Wade's powers and use him as a “super slave”. Eventually Wade gains the ability to heal himself, but in the process he becomes horrifically scarred. Out for revenge, Wade becomes the Merc with the Mouth and seeks to hunt down Ajax for what he did him. However things get complicated when Francis kidnaps Wade's girlfriend: Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), plus the X-Men get involved as Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) seeks to enlist Deadpool for the team.
Seeing that this X-Men spin-off is centered on one character, it only made sense that Deadpool would be the driving factor in the cast. If there was any doubt that Deadpool could be the center of a film's attention, then the Merc with the Mouth certainly put those skepticism out of their misery. Deadpool steals the show with every scene; whether it be the character breaking the fourth wall or having a dramatic scene. This movie showed that the comical anti-hero could be a three dimensional character; and Ryan Reynolds brought his A game playing Deadpool as he proved that there was no one better to don the red suit then Reynolds. While they may not have been as eccentric as this film's lead, the supporting cast to Deadpool was effective. Morena Baccarin was solid as Vanessa as her chemistry with Reynolds was quite good. I was surprised with T.J. Miller's performance as Weasel as the character was a subtle comic relief character and worked perfectly with Deadpool's over the top personality. While he may not have been the most engaging antagonist, Ed Serkin was still memorable as Ajax. Add other fun characters like Colossus, Blind Al (Leslie Uggrams) Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hidlebrand) and you have a cast that was well rounded; not to mention one that suited the source material.
There is not doubt about it: Deadpool lived up to expectations. It may not have been the most complexing of cinematic experiences, but it did not need to be. The film stayed true to its source by having a crazy atmosphere, outrageous humor and a show stealing lead. This X-Men Spin-off is everything that a Deadpool fan could hope for; and this superhero flick is one that definitely stands out from the rest.