Have you ever wondered what it would be like to watch a superhero film that stars a superhero that really just didn’t care? I don’t mean that this hero doesn’t have a care in the world, but one that doesn’t care what others think about him. This hero is Wade Wilson. Not caring what you think of him, Wade is extremely violent and has no filter. He says and does anything that comes to his mind, no matter if it’s to the audience or to the people around him.
Deadpool recounts the reasoning and how Wade becomes the hero that he is. While it is not explicitly stated if it set within any superhero universe that we are aware of, it does use ideas that are within other Fox superhero movies. The biggest of these being the idea of Mutants that are also within the X-Men universes.
Ryan Reynolds stars as Wade Wilson who eventually takes on the titular name of Deadpool. Morena Baccarin is Vanessa, the woman who Wade falls in love with. Ed Skrein plays Francis Freeman, the man who essentially gives Wade his powers and likes to call himself Ajax. T.J. Miller plays Weasel, Wade’s best friend and bartender where Wade works. Gina Carano plays Angel, Ajax’s muscle. Brianna Hildebrand plays Negasonic Teenage Warhead, a teenager who is essentially the understudy of Stefan Kapičić’s Colossus, who spends the film trying to get Wade to join the X-Men group. And last but not least we have Leslie Uggams who plays Wade’s roommate, Blind Al, and Karan Soni as Wade’s Taxi Driver, Dopinder.
Deadpool’s major strength is in it’s cast of characters. Each character is set up to have their own motivations and intentions, and never once do they go against who they are. In doing so, Deadpool goes all out in every aspect to get the character of Wade Wilson as close to the source as possible. Because of this, the filmmakers take tremendous risks throughout the film. In taking those risks, the comedy never stops and all of it fits the character that is being portrayed.
This film starts out almost right in the middle of the story. The way that it’s laid out, we get flashbacks on how he got to that point while moving forward. This twist gives the story a flow that allows it to keep moving while never feeling boring.
Helping with this flow is the music. Songs like “Shoop” by Salt-N-Pepa and “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” by DMX help get you into the mindset of Deadpool at pivotal moments of the story. And then you have songs like “Calendar Girl” by Neil Sedaka and “Careless Whisper” by George Michael come at points where it’s pivotal to show the relationship between Wade and Vanessa.
Speaking of the relationship between Wade and Vanessa, it is this relationship that drives the whole film. While it might be an origin story for how Wade gets his superhero powers, at its heart there is a true love story. Showing everything from how they meet and how long they’re together, Wade’s story would play out very differently without Vanessa in it. Without her, Wade has no motivation for anything throughout the film, and the way that Ryan Reynolds and Morena Baccarin play off each other is always believable.
Deadpool has its fingers in many different genres ranging from superhero to comedy and from action to romance. The film is able to mix these genres in a way that allows Deadpool to not only be its own thing but it also makes it a fun ride. The only downside is the violence and language throughout the film.
Deadpool does not shy away from the violence within it. Showing every ounce of blood that is spilled and not shying away from fully showing how it happens. It also feels like every scene has one character or another using adult language.
Overall, Deadpool is a full hard R rated film and it shows throughout not only in its use of language and violence but it also as a scene with nudity and multiple sexual innuendos, including one montage showing Wade and Vanessa having sex together. With this being said, I would not recommend it for anyone that is not an adult. For instance, when I first saw it in theaters, there was a family who clearly didn’t know what they were getting into. They walked out within the first ten minutes, directly following the scene when Wade pick a guy up with his swords and says to the audience, “You’re probably thinking this is a superhero movie, but that guy in the suit just turned that other guy into a fucking kebab!”
This is a very adult film. Make sure you know what you are getting into before letting your children watch any film, not just this one.