WARNING: Minor Spoilers Ahead
The long awaited film featuring the antihero-mercenary Deadpool came out a few weeks ago and I had chance to see it last weekend. Here are my thoughts.
Deadpool opens like one of the trailers where we see Deadpool trying to entertain himself in the backseat of a cab. He shimmies to front seat and carries out a conversation with the driver, Dopinder. Right from the beginning the film takes a darkly humorous tone with Deadpool talking about how he is after some people on his “naughty list.” Shortly after being dropped off on an overpass, Deadpool breaks the fourth wall and jokes with the audience about what he had to do to get his own movie. Having spotted his target, Deapool jumps down though the sunroof of a passing SUV and starts beating the pulp out of the people inside.
The film features a nonlinear plot as the audience is taken back and fourth to learn about Deadpool’s past and how he became the nearly indestructible mutant that he is. We learn that Deadpool’s real name is Wade Wilson and that he works as muscle-for-hire. Although Wilson acts like a tough-guy, he has a soft side and is willing to help people in need.
During the flashback we are introduced to Wade’s friend, Weasle, and his future lover Vanessa. After Wade is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he agrees to go to a shady facility where he is promised that he will be cured of his cancer and given superpowers. Naturally, it turns out the that the facility’s purpose is to turn people into super-slaves to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The treatment works, but Wade is horribly disfigured. Afraid to return to Vanessa, Wade takes on the alias of Deadpool and vows to hunt down the leader of the facility and force him to fix his appearance.
The film maintains its dark sense of humor throughout and the action sequences are fantastic. The good-guys are likable and the bad-guys are pretty awful. One of my favorite parts movie was the appearance of the X-Men Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. It turns out that Colossus is trying to recruit Deadpool to the X-Men. Naturally, wanting to keep his “unconventional” methods, Deadpool refuses. The interactions between Colossus, Deadpool, and the moody Negasonic Teenage Warhead really make the show.
Deadpool is a highly entertaining film that I would recommend. That said, it is incredibly violent and contains a lot of profanity. It is rated R for that reason. Definitely not one for the kids.