Nailed it! | Review of Deadpool

By Cynthia Ayala

Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein & Gina Carano
20th Century Fox
Image Credit: Comic Book Resources

Wade Wilson is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing down when evil scientist Ajax tortures, disfigures and transforms him into Deadpool. The rogue experiment leaves Deadpool with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor. With help from mutant allies Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Deadpool uses his new skills to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.


There was no better sound than that of Deadpool finally making it onto the screen because this film was fantastic.

Let me begin by saying that I have been waiting for this movie since X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which ruined everything that made Deadpool great. Talk about mistreatment. However, I digress, my anticipated and expectations grew for this film…and it did not disappoint. Not only did the writers repair his image, but Ryan Reynolds has also always been the Merc with the Mouth.

There is no doubt about it, making something that breaks the fourth wall is complex. There are few successful renditions, most notably the TV series Saved by the Bell and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. However, other than that, it’s a form of entertainment not typically used because it involves much thought to making it fit into the film. It’s risky, but man was it a risk that paid off. The biggest risk is taking the viewer out of the film and reminding them that they are in a theater. The audience wants to be sucked in, that goes for any movie, but with Deadpool, he’s drawing you in with his comedy and just making the whole thing enjoyable.

However, this film isn’t all about the jokes, the mask isn’t just hiding his disfigurement, it’s hiding his pain and heartache as well. It’s important for the film to remember that because Deadpool isn’t just a joke, he’s a character that has a surprising amount of depth. This movie didn’t forget that; the writers, directors, and Ryan Reynolds did not forget it. Everyone tapped into everything that makes Deadpool such an amazing character. Capitalizing on that depth was a smart move on the part of the writers because it ensured that this film stood apart from all the other superhero films out there.

Now, as far as the story and direction of the movie, they were great, constructed and built in a way to make the film keep moving forward, even with the numerous flashbacks in the first half hour of the movie (estimation) they kept the plot and the story moving forward. However, the best part of the movie was Ryan Reynolds.

This man was made for this role. Ever since I saw him in Origins, I thought he was great, and then when he was Green Lantern, it was evident that he liked to hear himself talk. That only reaffirmed my belief that he was perfect for the role. Moreover, after seeing this film, he was just spectacular. You can see how much he loved this role, how much he respected it. All of that only made watching him even more enjoyable. He brought to life the character; he brought to life this movie.

It wasn’t just Reynolds though; it was the entire cast who brought together this film. Ajax (Ed Skrein) had some serious identity issues, and the dynamic between Francis and Deadpool was hilarious. The romance created by Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) was strangely beautiful, comical yeah, but also true. The relationship the two felt genuine and real.

Everything about this film was amazing because even with a small budget, it was evident that everyone brought their A-game to make sure this movie was a success, and boy was it successful.

Deadpool is a must see film that only makes this anti-hero even more attractive to the screen.


—Film Credits—

Directed by Tim Miller

Written by Rhett ReesePaul Wernick

Based on Deadpool by Fabian Nicieza & Rob Liefeld

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand & Stefan Kapičić

Genre | Length | Rating: Fantasy, Superhero, Science Fiction, Action, Comedy | 1h 48 min | R

Distributed by 20th Century Fox

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