Deadpool: A solitary Scribblers musing
*Both Scribblers went to see Deadpool separately
Director: Tim Miller
Runtime -108 minutes
Twentieth Century Fox/Marvel Enterprises/TSG Entertainment
From its very opening scene there’s no doubt that Deadpool is going to be slightly different, a little odd and (one can only hope) refreshing, a ‘maturity’ if you will on the PG/PC sentiments of popular superhero opuses released in the past few years.
The opening credits roll over an encapsulated, frozen in time, scene of comic carnage mayhem sporting text as if dreamed up by the comical imagination of the crimson hooded one himself.
Forget what you think you know about the superhero/comic book movie ‘realm’ this feature flips all those notions on their ass and none too kindly either.
An R rated comic movie. But does it work, is it worth watching, is it all merely hype? To answer those questions in order. Yes, yes and most definitely not!
Ryan Reynolds does a more than an outstanding job as Wade Winston Wilson a wise cracking tough guy for hire whose life it seems couldn’t possibly get any better.
Well as luck would have it Wade is approached at the friendly local biker/killer for hire establishment with an offer. After a little deliberation, numerous ‘made for television’ commercial references and jovalities he accepts and it’s here that Wade’s life is turned inside out and the Deadpool character is born. A colorful character (in more ways than one) with, despite what Ajax had previously assured him, a sense of humor and a severe, vitriolic hatred for those that carved his journey through hell’s depths, namely Francis and his quite delicious looking, ass kicking sidekick, Angel Dust (neither the hipster drug nor the track by British black metallers Venom back in 79’) a vicious bitch, to put it nicely, played by Gina Carano.
That’s enough of the spoilers’ folks. I’m assured that most of the trailers out there offer up more than I’ve provided.
So what does Deadpool offer apart from wicked gallows humor, fight scenes showcasing dismemberments, impalements and (shock horror…in a Marvel movie) copious amounts of blood and a red cloaked middle finger held aloft to pansy costumed types, especially those residing in the Xavier mansion.
The story is well written, as humorous as any comedic gem out there and even though it contains enough flashbacks to belittle the writing team behind Donnie Darko (a fact even touched upon by Wade himself) it remains amazingly fluid throughout. I can’t touch upon how close this adaption is to the actual comic books as I’m not a fanatic, though I’m having strong urges to discover them! especially after viewing numerous strips plucked from the same. I did however notice the lack of a rubber chicken if that means anything.
Deadpool‘s relationship with his roommate, Blind Al (played by Leslie Uggams), borders on a best friends relationship, an odd couple at best, two outcasts swimming in each other’s peculiarities that adds up to priceless moments of hilarity on screen whenever the two are together.
It is however Deadpool’s interactions with a heavily accented taxicab driver, Dopinder, Karan Soni, that provides the greatest percentage of laughs. Starved of fare he readily consumes all the advice Wade provides without question, after all he seems interesting, harmless and friendly enough. These same words of wisdom (?) cumulate in various noises, squeals and complaint issuing from the car’s trunk towards the movies finale.
In conclusion if you like your movies splattered with crimson, drenched in off-kilter humor, chock full of stunt work that would put a grin on the face of a much younger Jackie Chan (search out Armor of God or Project A as both are among the best in insane, jaw dropping martial arts action) and last but certainly not least a superhero who is anything but (in the same vein as Lobo with a little more practice) then search no more as this is your movie.
Seriously, check this out. I went in with plenty of assumptions because of commercials every two damn seconds (yet another over hyped Marvel feature) and I left happily sated. Bravo to the writing team and it goes without mentioning Ryan Reynolds for bringing a larger than life character to the screen with the same unembarrassed gusto and prowess he graces the pages of comic books with.
This scribbler is eagerly awaiting a DVD release and is readily poised to spend numerous hours sifting through the dusty backrooms of a handful of nearby comic book stores.
It goes without mentioning this is a must see, must own film.
*Quick fact check: Deadpool is a Marvel character, this is not a Marvel Studios movie. Deadpool is part of the X-Men universe whose movie rights all belong to 20th Century Fox.
And just for fun, Ryan Reynolds on his starring role.