I was able to see Deadpool at an early screening last week thanks to Deidre and it was fantastic. I’m not going to lie, I really wasn’t sure what I wanted out of a Deadpool movie. Unlike most people it seems, I love Ryan Reynolds in the role. The fact that Fox was too busy messing with Fantastic Four and pretty much left this movie alone, gave me faith that it would be a solid movie. I trusted Ryan and everyone involved, especially after seeing the “leaked” footage.
The movie had a pretty basic plot. I mean, let’s be real here. In most cases, super hero movies don’t have amazing plots. We pretty much know the standard routine. There are good guys, bad guys, and someone/something is in danger and needs to be saved. Sometimes it’s one person, sometimes it’s a city. What makes each story different though is the execution of this super basic plot line. And the characters that we’ve all come to love and how it all comes together. What Deadpool did differently was bring some serious humor to the genre. Oh and some super violence. This movie isn’t R rated for laughs, it’s a genuine rating. There’s graphic violence, language, sex, and nudity. I think the only thing we didn’t see was actual drug use, unless I missed it from laughing too hard. This isn’t “MCU violence” where someone gets tossed into a fighter jet engine and there’s no real blood. This is someone gets shot in the head and you sure as hell know it. But it worked! For whatever reason, it all worked. I think one reason why is because of the fight scene choreography and stunt work. Some of the fight scenes were straight beautiful and flowed amazingly well. It was really something to watch. Then you have the humor. It takes a special kind of person to crack jokes while committing murder and we all know that special person is Wade Wilson. The Forth Wall wasn’t just broken, it was destroyed in a beautiful way.
Believe it or not though, at the heart of this movie is a love story. Yes, a love story. Wade and Vanessa are amazing together. The entire reason he does what he does that turns him into a scarred guy who can’t die, is because of her. I mean, when she finally did see his face she reacted a lot better than The Things wife in the first Fantastic Four movie. Whatever happened to for better or for worse?! But that’s another story. ANYWAY, when I went into this I was thinking “Finally! A Marvel* movie that won’t make me cry.” The joke was on me because I still cried. Maybe I’m getting soft in my old age but yup, tears happened. I think I even mumbled something like “But this is DEADPOOL!” So, there’s your “Feels Could Happen” warning for the film.
OH! And the music! Oh bless the music. I mean, how they made all the songs work the way they did was just something else. “Calendar Girl” will never be the same, trust me on that. Plus you can’t go wrong with Salt N Pepa. I think in the leaked footage it was Gwen Stefani, but I’m glad they changed it. I feel that “Shoop” just worked better for this movie. It just fit the vibe more and oddly enough in the big picture the song worked well with the other randomness that is the soundtrack.
This is getting long but guys, I just really enjoyed this movie. I was laughing from the moment the credits started to the moment the end credits rolled. I could probably see this movie 100 more times and catch something new every viewing, be it a joke I missed the first time around or something hiding in the background. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did, but I know it’s going to be a movie that’s not for everyone. And guess what? That’s OK! As long as I feel like (and you) that I got my monies worth (yes, it was free but I’m seeing it again Saturday), that’s all that matters in the end.
*Reminder that while Deadpool is a Marvel movie, it’s produced by Fox Studios and is not a Marvel Studios Film.