Director Tim Miller created an epic comicbook film starring Ryan Reynolds as the humorous, witty, badass Deadpool. The film centers on hunky Wade Wilson who falls in love with a beautiful woman, Vanessa and their relationship and their life they are creating together seem perfect. That all comes to a screeching halt when Wade collapses one night and is rushed to the hospital. Wade discovers the horrifying truth for the collapse, which is cancer. He struggles with the diagnosis, and grows sicker. He comes into contact with a man referred to as Ajax that claims that he will save his life from cancer. Wade at first shrugs him off, but after the disease starts to overtake his body, he leaves Vanessa and seeks help through Ajax. He is tied to a hospital bed and tortured almost daily, and when Ajax gives him the magic solution to make him immortal, his face and body grow grotesque. He is beyond hideous, and is embarressed to even show his face. He manages to escape the mad scientist lab, and attempts to figure out a way to hide his face. After putting together the Deadpool costume, he seeks to find the justice he deserves and try to destroy Ajax, the man responsible for his now grotesque appearance.
Deadpool is unlike any other Marvel film out there. It is racy, vulgar and risque. Reynolds breaks the fourth wall consistantly throughout the film, the amount of F bombs said is a little too unnecessary, and there is some nudity. This is not a film for children, hence the hard R rating. Deadpool is not your typical superhero; he even explains it in the beginnning that he’s not a superhero. He’s badass for sure, but he’s also selfish, crazy, crude, and at times arrogant. These are not the qualities normal superheroes have that children would admire, ie he’s no Captain America. He was made in a lab so to speak, but he’s no genius like Tony Stark or Bruce Banner, he’s not a God like Thor, and after his immortality cultivates throughout his body, his appearance is altered horribly, so he is no longer a dreamboat. Deadpool is dark and gritty and actually kind of depressing.
The acting in the film is great, Reynolds usually has a habit of portraying the same type of character, but for Deadpool this actually works in his favor. He plays up the witty sarcasm and it’s hilarious. But, discovering the truth of what really happens to Wade is when Reynolds really shines. He truly encapsulated the fear and sadness that Wade suffered realizing that he was in fact dying and all the adventures life has for him would now be drastically cut short. The love he has for Vanessa is adorable, and although it’s no rom-com, it shows that Wade has so many different sides and layers inside him. The sweet soft side with Vanessa, the real serious side when he is diagnosed and has to struggle to survive, and the witty funny side that he uses to get through the hardships, to acknowledge that he is now immortal but also struggling to look in the mirror at the recent horror what was done to him.
In conclusion, Deadpool is highly recommended to anyone that enjoys comicbook films, Marvel characters, and Ryan Reynolds. Also, to anyone that enjoys movies that think outside the box, a refreshing new look at a bad ass superhero, packed with non-stop action, comedy and heart, and with the thought that no matter what’s on the outside, the inside is all that really matters.