For months before its release, Deadpool was the movie that you just couldn’t ignore. The movie’s advertising campaigns were extensive, incredibly creative, and reflected Deadpool’s character perfectly – witty, sarcastic, and cheeky. This was a movie people were really looking forward to, and it definitely lived up to the hype.
Deadpool follows the life of a mercenary named Wade Wilson, played by Ryan Reynolds. Wade is an interesting character with a troubled past, but he is able to deal with it through the use of quick-witted humour and sarcasm. He begins dating the beautiful Vanessa, played by Morena Baccarin, and his life seems to be going really well – that is, until he finds out he has late-stage terminal cancer. Instead of getting treatment, he decides to enrol in a sketchy underground program that promises to cure him AND turn him into a superhero. Sounds legit, right? I’ll stop myself here, but let’s just say, it doesn’t exactly go as planned, and some serious vengeance must be had.
Before the movie even officially starts, the credits paint a pretty good picture of what it will be like. No actual names are used; all of the credits say things like “directed by an overpaid tool”, and in many instances, use much crasser descriptions.
Side note: I heard stories of parents bringing their children to theatres to see Deadpool, then being appalled by the “adult content” part way through and storming out. The credits alone were a very strong warning sign about what the rest of the movie would be like, but I guess some people couldn’t take the hint. And, you know, another good indication of the movie’s “mature” nature would be its “R” rating. Superhero movies are not always meant for kids, and this is one extreme case.
Although the movie’s use of violence, mature themes, and vulgarity is a little bit excessive, it all comes together to solidify Deadpool as a character. Marvel clearly wants us to know that Deadpool is a sassy, sassy man who is full of one-liners and has a mind full of inappropriate thoughts. Mission accomplished, Marvel.
It seems to me that a few of the recent superhero movies have been giving more of a humorous flare to the personalities of their heroes (or anti-heroes). For example, I felt like Ant Man was essentially a manifestation of the lead actor, Paul Rudd, due to the type of humour used. I don’t think this is a bad idea, especially for viewers who are only watching superhero movies in the interest of their partner or child – now, they can at least laugh along like they know what’s going on.
Deadpool also gets a ton of points for its action sequences. There were so many thrills, and the director used effects well to intensify the already-heart-racing moments. My favourite action sequence had to be the one the movie started on – it was non-stop and had me on the edge of my seat. It 100% got me pumped up for the rest of the film.
This movie cannot be reviewed without discussing Ryan Reynolds’ performance. He killed it (no pun intended). He did a fantastic job of embodying the dry, loud-mouthed Deadpool persona, and really brought the movie to life. He even perfected Deadpool’s classic tendency to “break the fourth wall” and address the viewer directly.
I want to take a minute to address the ad campaign for this movie. Can you say “brilliant”? One of the angles the creative team took was to advertise Deadpool as a love story, which resulted in this hilariously misleading ad:
The team also designed this billboard, which might be confusing to those unfamiliar with emojis:
Get it? The skull = dead, the little poo emoji = poo, and the L = well, an L sound. If you sound it out, the billboard says “Deadpool”. But apparently some people weren't getting it, hence Ryan Reynolds tweet below, making fun of their confusing original ad:
All in all, Deadpool is the class clown-esque, rebellious superhero that we’ve been looking for. No, he’s not exactly a “nice guy” or an upstanding citizen by any means, but he’s a refreshing change. If you’re into raunchy and immature humour, excessive violence, superhero origin stories, and/or Ryan Reynolds, this movie is for you.
You can find Deadpool on Execulink’s VOD channel (ch.100) from May 10th to September 30th, 2016.
Caitlin Feehan, Blogger & Editor
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