Yes, yes, I know it's been out forever and everyone loved it. So why am I only reviewing it now? Well, I don't get to the movie theaters that often these days with only rare exceptions being made like with Superman v Batman. Deadpool was something I meant to go see but various events kept me from seeing the Merc with a Mouth.
Deadpool and I have something of a mixed relationship comic book wise as I've always enjoyed him but never as a primary protagonist. Deadpool is awesome when he's paired up with Wolverine, Cable, or some other straight men but is tedious otherwise. I enjoyed Deadpool the video game (which you can read my review of here) but it was also something which highlighted the problems of the character: 1. Deadpool has no rogues gallery. 2. Deadpool doesn't really have much in the way of a supporting cast (Bob aside). 3. Deadpool is a character whose cartoonish looney-toons antics don't really allow much of an actual emotional core.
|Colossus is awesome in this movie.|
The strange thing? This works extremely well. Deadpool gets some much badly needed depth with his relationship being possibly the most mature adult romantic relationship in comic book movies. Seriously, the only one which comes close is Tony and Pepper--which is just sad given the dozens of heroes currently onscreen.
|It's disturbing Deadpool has the most mature romantic relationship in comic book movies.|
The first thing I have to say to this is a lot of fans are calling this the first R-rated comic book movie and I'm like, "Have we forgotten Blade? Watchmen? Kick-Ass?" Deadpool really does a great job in establishing itself as an R-rated superhero movie, though. The violence, language, sex, and juvenile humor are what make Deadpool the character we love. Well, not the sex, that's actually a welcome addition to the story.
|The Utah line cracks me up. It shouldn't, but it does.|
Gaining a healing factor at the cost of his good looks as well as a large portion of his sanity, Wade takes the name Deadpool before after the group which abused him. Eventually, because that's how these movies go, Ajax kidnaps Wade's girlfriend which convinces Deadpool to a recruit a pair of X-men to help. The movie is actually much better than it sounds.
|Gina Carano is awesome in this film. Just by being Gina Carano.|
If I had to choose a favorite character it would Colossus because, my God, this is the big huggable Russian dork from the Eighties Chris Claremont comics. All of the movie heroes attempt to make their characters more "cool" when it's more fun to have a lovable dork talking about heroism. I also love how the movie isn't afraid to have Negasonic Teenage Warhead, a character who lasted a couple of issues, take the piss out of Wade whenever possible.
|Kudos to Blind Al for also being....well, Blind Al.|
I give credit to Ed Skrein and Gina Carano for their roles in the movie as both do an amazing job with characters few comic book fans would have heard of. Ed Skrein is creepily awesome as the sadistic emotionless Ajax while Gina Carano is the first female bruiser onscreen. The fact I consider her gorgeous and think she should be in many-many more movies helps matters tremendously. The big climax between them and our antiheroes feels earned both emotionally as well as storytelling wise.
In conclusion, I really really enjoyed this film and recommend it to anyone who wants a fun R-rated comedic superhero film.
And who wouldn't?