Directed by Tim Miller
Written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, and Stefan Kapičić
If you are expecting “Deadpool” to be a typical superhero movie, you have got another thing coming, “Deadpool” is anything but typical. On the surface, it may appear to be standard superhero fare, but any of the superhero archetypes stops at the surface.
“Deadpool” is better categorized as a revenge film more so than a straight superhero movie, the plot revolves around Wade Wilson (Deadpool) seeking the man who had, well it does not matter what he did because the overall story is weak. “Deadpool” is still a superhero movie, so the “story” is allowed to be weak as long as it is not dreadful. “Deadpool” is a revenge movie about a superhero like the strongest films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” or “Guardians of the Galaxy” – “Deadpool” is more than a superhero movie. It is a superhero movie and a revenge film, like how “Winter Soldier” was a superhero movie and an espionage thriller.
What the script lacked in overall plot it made up for with brilliant wit. The humor in the movie is heavy and well-crafted that it pushes “Deadpool” to the borderline of being a satire of the entire superhero genre. I do not believe that this movie is intended to be an outright satire of the genre; there are defiantly satiric jabs made about Ryan Reynolds’ experience playing superheroes.
Speaking of Reynolds, his performance carries the movie. His lively and witty performance takes you through the film, even at the points where the movie can drag – and at points it does drag – but Reynolds proves that he was as perfect for the role of Deadpool as Hugh Jackman was for Wolverine. The movie rest on Reynolds’ shoulders and that is meant in the best possible way because this film would not have worked without Reynolds in the title role.
With a heavy dose of humor, ultraviolence, and a killer soundtrack – how many other movies have Chicago’s “You’re the Inspiration” during the climactic action set piece, a torture scene to The Chordettes “Mister Sandman” and a raunchy love scene over Neil Sedaka’s “Calender Girl?” The answer is none. All of those factors make “Deadpool” the first must-see movie of 2016.
Below are some of the material from the brilliant marketing campaign for “Deadpool.”