Review : Deadpool ( Mild Spoilers! )
Director : An Overpaid Tool
Starring : God’s Perfect Idiot, A Hot Chick, A British Villain, Comic-Relief and two D-List X-men.
Premise : Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humour, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Review : After spending more than a decade in development hell and being completely bastardised (in the climax) in the much-hated X-Men Origins : Wolverine, Everyone’s favourite Merc with a Mouth makes his much awaited return to the big screen and boy is he “Totally Bitchin.”
It’s a miracle that Fox ( The studio which treats it’s comic book movies like a toddler treats it’s toys) not only greenlit this movie but also gave the makers full control over the movie as Deadpool is probably the most accurate comic book movie adaptation ever. Fourth Wall Breaking (Check), Expletives (Check), Rude n Crude Humour (check) along with Ryan Reynolds’ perfect portrayal of Wade Wilson aka The Merc With A Mouth Aka Deadpool almost (ALMOST!) make this the perfect super-hero movie.
At around 110 minutes the movie is a bit short than your usual superhero movies but the humour and nods to the real world make it bang for your buck.
The movie as a whole does have some cons but they are mostly due to the pint sized budget given to the makers. ( rumoured to be around $58 Million Dollars which when compared to the tentpole superhero movies that are all the rage these days is equal to salary of their marquee stars.) The main villain ( Ed Skrein’s Ajax is quite one-dimensional and not really much of a threat. Even his “Mutant Power” of not feeling any sort of pain is not something that is worth being called “Power”. If anything having a power like that would be more harmful for the person who has it than others as he does get injured a lot which takes time to heal just like a normal person.
Another problem (which isn’t really a problem) is that if you’ve been following the (amazing!!) marketing campaign for the movie and the trailers and tv spots. You won’t find much new stuff in the movie ( This is exactly what happened to me). This does kind of put a dent in the whole experience especially since the runtime is so short. But these are things which will definitely be fixed in the sequel which will hopefully be given a better budget.
An important thing to note is that this movie is made specifically for the hardcore fans by hardcore fans of the character. So many times the casual movie goer who’s not aware of Deadpool’s antics like constantly breaking the fourth wall ( a perfect example is when Deadpool is told by Colossus that he’s being taken to see the Professor, Deadpool quips “Which one McAvoy or Stewart.” As a fan of the genre and the character I was in splits but some of my friends were completely clueless.) might not get some ( or many ) of the jokes.
Overall it’s the best adaptation of Deadpool and like Robert Downey Jr is Iron Man, Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool.
Bonus Round : Stay till the end of the credits for not one but TWO post credit scenes and did anyone else realize that the climax was taking place on a destroyed Helli-Carrier from the Avengers movies. Is Fox secretly sowing the seeds for a crossover or a deal like sony?!!
Men of Comics Ratings: (3.5 / 5)
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