Ryan Reynolds redeems himself in this hysterical addition to the X-Men universe
If there’s one thing we can all agree upon, it’s that X-Men Origins: Wolverine was pretty terrible. Released back in 2009, it was the first time we saw Deadpool brought to life on the big screen. To say they didn’t do the fourth-wall breaking antihero justice is a colossal understatement. The fact that they chose to literally sew his wisecracking mouth shut says it all…
But, instead of shying away from the past, Deadpool knows fine well it has a lot to make up for. How do they do it? By producing a shamelessly self-referential, undeniably side-splitting movie that sets the bar for superhero movies to come, that’s how.
From the moment the credits roll, we’re greeted with the film’s unique sense of humour. ‘Written by: the real heroes of this movie’ sums it up. The fourth-wall breaking has begun. The movie takes no prisoners and not even its lead is safe from getting ripped. Reynolds relishes in poking fun at himself and even more so at taking a dig at Hugh Jackman whenever he can.
Humour is the driving force behind the entire movie and makes Deadpool the most likeable antihero possible. By speaking directly to the audience, it feels like he is telling us his story personally. That story is told in a nonlinear way through flashbacks. Sure, it’s not the most original way to present a backstory. But, there’s something about the timing of the flashbacks and the order they’re given to us that makes Deadpool different.
The movie doesn’t rely solely on quips for impact, either. The action is constant and consistently impressive. The violence is unapologetic, but tinged with just enough irony that it’s forgivable. There’s something reminiscent of Kick-Ass and Kingsman in its treatment of extreme violence as comedy. It’ll make you wince and giggle at the same time, while wondering what’s wrong with you for possibly finding that funny.
With a limited number of X-Men allowed to feature in this movie (mocked by Deadpool, of course), we only get Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Personally, I feel that the movie would have been just fine without them. Devoid of any personality, they merely provide Deadpool with more opportunities for wisecracks. Although, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. One of the funniest moments for me comes when Deadpool breaks all his limbs trying to fight the steel mountain that is Colossus and ends up looking like a T-Rex. This also leads to Deadpool cutting off and re-growing his hand, which is absolutely hysterical.
Deadpool is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Refreshingly different, witty and fun, it strikes the perfect balance of action and comedy. Reynolds is brilliant and gives a performance he can be proud of, rewriting his previous misdemeanour. There’s something special about watching a movie that knows it’s a movie, for once. Stuck in production limbo, Deadpool was a long a time coming. But, it was undoubtedly worth the wait.