X-Men Origins: Wolverine featured a scene stealing performance from Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, and though the actor took a poorly received detour in comic book land with 2011’s Green Lantern, he’s back with the suit that truly fits him. Red, not green, is the true color of the day, and the long awaited film Deadpool capitalizes on Reynolds’ quick witted sarcasm and indelible charm.Directed with panache from first time filmmaker Tim Miller, the film is true to one of Marvel’s most intriguing anti-hero, a fourth wall breaking wiseacre whose mile a minute humor who’s never boring to watch.
Wade Wilson is a mercenary for hire who, after falling in love with a tough minded ex-prostitute named Vanessa (Morena Baccarin, who has a palpable chemistry with Reynolds), is ready to settle down and possibly carve out an honest life. Wilson’s happiness is short-lived when he’s diagnosed with cancer, and in sheer desperation he agrees to enter an experiment that will cure him of the disease and give him superhuman powers. Even with the promise of being cured, Wilson knows he’s walking into a trap, especially since his medical handler, a tough guy named Ajax (The Transporter Refueled’s Ed Skrein), oozes evil from the get go.
When the inhumane and painful procedure leaves Wilson’s once pretty face an absolute mess, he names himself Deadpool (with the aid of his trusted friend, played by TJ Miller) and undergoes a one-man mission to take out Ajax and fellow baddie Angel Dust (Haywire’s Gina Carano). With X-Men members Colossus (a CG creation voiced by Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) unwittingly blocking Deadpool’s path to redemption, our anti-hero’s mission is much harder to pull off.
If you want eye-catching, adrenaline filled action sequences coupled with wall to wall humor, then Deadpool should be your cup of tea. The film is a no-brainer for Marvel Universe fans and it scores huge points by not having the end of the world plot dynamics of your average X-Men or Avengers installment.
Although the movie’s over the top and gleeful approach to comic book violence will turn off a healthy share of moviegoers, my frustration arose with the incessant comedic banter and jokes. The film takes a few moments to give us a little breathing room (especially when dealing with Deadpool’s relationship with Vanessa) but most of the narrative swims in this fever pitched madness.
This unyielding jolt of energy, whether it’s the action or nonstop comedy, will please a huge chunk of movie fans, and it’s safe to assume a Deadpool sequel is in the offing. Credit goes to Miller for fusing both Reynolds’ and Deadpool’s manic energy, but hopefully the next movie will ease up on the gas pedal. That being said, Deadpool is worth the watch, and if you feel the need for speed, you’re probably driving in the right direction.
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Deadpool opens nationwide Friday.
Posted By: Greg Srisavasdi