Deadpool is directed by Tim Miller and stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, and Ed Skrein. The film is about the comic book character Wade Wilson, a former Special Forces operative who is experimented on, causing him to receive healing abilities and go by the alter ego, Deadpool.
This was a movie I was incredibly excited to see, but I was not sure what to expect at all. The trailers looked promising, but I had my worries about the comedy and story as a whole. Well, against all odds, Deadpool is one of the most fun movies I have seen in a very long time.
Ryan Reynolds has made some seriously poor choices in his roles in the past, but I swear this man is the epitome of what Deadpool is. He plays this character perfectly, with excellent comedic delivery, and, most surprisingly, some dramatic moments that really work. Reynolds made the storyline believable and interesting when it could have easily been dull, and that to me is just as impressive as the comedy.
Speaking of the comedy, this film is hysterical, with the fourth wall breaks, casual references, and slams to pop culture, and just some overall humor all being extremely effective, Deadpool nails exactly what it needed to, and that is exactly what I could have wanted.
The supporting cast is also pretty solid, specifically T.J. Miller. Miller brought even more comedy to a film that Reynolds seemed to absolutely fill, but he did so without being annoying, and I enjoyed all the scenes he was in.
Reynolds’ romantic relationship with Morena Baccarin was a surprisingly effective one for me, as I believed the chemistry that they had, and the storyline that it follows.
First-time director Tim Miller had a huge task ahead of him, and man did he do an amazing job. The directorial choices he made all seemed to pay off, with the action scenes being handled very well and the soundtrack being simply kick-ass. The camera remains steady and has only a few cuts in most of the action scenes, and that is something that I hope to see more movies doing, but I have to give all the praise in the world to Miller.
While I had a blast of a time watching Deadpool, it did have some issues. I felt the villain, played by Ed Skrein, was not all that interesting, but instead rather generic for a movie like this. I get that it’s hard to upstage a character like Deadpool, but I never felt intrigued by the antagonist Skrein portrays.
Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, the only other two X-men characters we see, have some moments, but overall I was not all that fascinated by them either. Besides that, this film really succeeded in every place I was worried about coming in, and I could not be happier.
Overall, Deadpool is exhilarating, non-stop balls to the wall hilarious, and is able to please both longtime fans of the character, and newcomers like me. Reynolds is the perfect actor for this role, the casual references and attacks on our society all work in multiple fashions, and I was blown away by this movie as a whole. This is a film that is made by a studio with a track record involving three failed Fantastic Four movies and ruining Deadpool in the first place, this has a first time director, and is not just rated-R, but hard, hard R, and all of these things work to make one of the bets comic book movies in a while. I was highly skeptical about Deadpool coming in, but from the hysterical opening credits to the end credit scene (STAY AFTER THE CREDITS), I had a ball with Deadpool, and those excited to see this movie should too.