20th Century Fox.
18A for Brutal Violence, Coarse Language, Sexual Content
Running Time: 108 Minutes.
3 stars out of 4.
Ryan Reynolds' passion project, that has been eleven years in the making, will satisfy comic book fans and audiences alike. Deadpool enjoyed an outstanding marketing campaign prior to its launch. Marketing efforts like "12 Days of Deadpool," "Australia Day," and the "PG-13/ R Rating Gag," were all funny, and sold the character of Wade Wilson/Deadpool to mass audiences - beyond the core X-Men and Deadpool fans. With Deadpool, Reynolds, who also acts as a producer, alongside X-Men producers Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner, has crafted a funny, outrageous, raunchy, fourth wall breaking, and action filled satisfying film. While Deadpool works for the most part, the story structure and jokes do not always work, and for a film that claims to be so outrageous and funny, it just sometimes isn't.
Deadpool is a unique Marvel film, as it carries an 18A Rating for Brutal Violence, Coarse Language and Sexual Content. The film came under a tremendous amount of media coverage for its rating, and many questioned how far the filmmakers would go with Deadpool and its 18A Rating. In my opinion, they do not go far enough. While there is the usual curse words, nudity, and blood that you would expect with any generic R Rated action film, Deadpool never feels as subversive or edgy, as the marketing and trailers would lead you to believe.
Ryan Reynolds is absolutely amazing in the titular role of Wade Wilson/Deadpool. With just one film (Not counting X-Men Orgins: Wolverine) under his belt as Deadpool, Reynolds has crafted one of the most memorable superhero characters of our time. Reynolds is truly passionate about this film, and his joy for finally getting to play the character of his dreams is present throughout the entire film. Morena Baccarin does solid work as Vanessa, Wilsons love interest, and her and Reynolds have great chemistry and play well off each other. Ed Skrien and Gina Carano are one-note forgettable villains, but do their best with what they are given.
In essence, Deadpool works for the most part. When it's on, its on at an 11, but when it's not its operating at a 5. This makes for a good film, but I had hoped that it would be great. The origin story works, but I just never took interest. The character of Deadpool is far more interesting than Wade Wilson, and the film is not nearly as engaging or interesting when it's focused on Wilsons backstory.
Most of the humour in Deadpool is simply hilarious. The breaking of the fourth wall always works, and is amongst my favourite moments in the film. The action sequences are very well choreographed, and although they're sparse, they almost always work. I look forward to the sequel, as the origin story is finally out of the way. Here's hoping for the next chapater in the Deadpool saga to simply have more Deadpool.
Deadpool is a fun time at the movies and despite few things, this movie works, and opens the door and proves that R-Rated comic book films can work, for the most part. Ryan Reynolds gives the performance of his career, and truly owns the role of Wade Wilson/Deadpool.
Deadpool is something fresh and something special for audiences everywhere.