When rumors started going around that Deadpool was finally getting his own movie, people were skeptical. Could this be a good movie? Would they rate it R? Would Deadpool break the fourth wall? Would there be chimichangas? Could Ryan Reynolds pull it off? Then a clip “leaked.” The clip reassured fans that yes, Ryan Reynolds could pull this off. With the red band trailer came assurances that this would 100% be an R rated movie. The Christmas trailer dropped a chimichanga reference. All that was left was for Deadpool to break the fourth wall, and for this to actually be a quality movie. Guess what, Deadpool fans? They did it!
From the opening credits to the after credits scene, this was A Deadpool Movie. I specify because it’s made very clear Deadpool wrote the opening credits. There’s a lot more fourth wall breaking in this movie than I thought there’d be. The movie opens in the middle of the fight scene from the trailer. This particular scene is interspersed with flashbacks to how Wade Wilson became Deadpool. Basically, without major spoilers, he fell in love, was diagnosed with horrendous cancer, and opted to subject himself to mutant experimentation rather than let the cancer kill him. Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead show up at the fight, and Francis, Deadpool’s nemesis, escapes. Before Deadpool can make a second attempt, Francis kidnaps his girlfriend.
Ryan Reynolds plays Deadpool perfectly. He takes Wade Wilson, who is at heart a jokester, and delivers these humorous lines with so much depth behind them. Yeah, this movie is hilarious, but it’s also about a guy diagnosed with a terminal illness. You can see the fear and the anger behind the humor. He’s also able to convey all that emotion with a mask on. It’s impressive. Reynolds also deserves an award for doing a naked fight scene. I knew this was coming, but I didn’t expect it among fire and broken glass. That takes bravery.
Wade’s love interest, Vanessa, was played by Morena Baccarin of Firefly fame. When watching the trailers, they made her look like a sappy, serious character, which was not the case at all. Vanessa is the perfect match for Wade. She gets on his level with humor, and holds her own throughout the movie. The rest of the supporting cast was good. It was clear T. J. Miller, as Weasel, Wade’s friend, did quite a bit of ad-libbing. Leslie Uggams, who played Deadpool’s blind housemate, was hilariously straight faced through Deadpool’s most lewd lines. Ed Skrein, as Ajax, is every bit the villain you’d expect him to be.
The film was written incredibly well. It was bawdy, hilarious, violent, dark, and disturbing. The fourth wall breaks were well placed and impeccably delivered. The movie is also filled with references varying in obscurity from Ryan Reynolds on the cover of People to little jabs at other characters in the Marvel universe. Stan Lee’s cameo was unmissable.
I have zero complaints about this movie. From what I’ve seen, neither does anyone else. Wolverine might. What did you think? Let me know in the comments!