*WARNING: Full Spoilers Below*
At long last, comic book fans rejoice as the merc with the mouth has finally arrived in theaters, and let me just say, justice has been served. After the devastating (and embarrassing) take on Deadpool on X-Men Origins: Wolverine, we’ll no longer remember that iconic character as a hybrid between Baraka from Mortal Kombat and a pale Freddy Krueger with his mouth sewn shut. Seriously, why did they do that?
But have no fear, the new movie gives all glory and respect to the character as deserved. Ryan Reynolds is back playing Wade Wilson because he was born for that role. For real, there’s never a dull moment on screen when he’s both Wade and as Deadpool. The jokes are non-stop and hilarious, and you have to thank not only the actors but the writers as well. They poke fun at everything from Hugh Jackman’s face, the failed Green Lantern attempt, the confusing X-Men timeline, and even their failed take on the previous Deadpool.
The story is a simple, yet sweet and seems so original, tale of a not wanting to be superhero. Wade is a mercenary scaring stalkers and shitting in cat litters, falls in love with a beautiful girl, develops terminal cancer, is approached by a sketchy organization to help cure him, and then gets experimented on and tortured until he ultimately becomes a mutant with deadly skills and extraordinary abilities. Given his healing factor and can’t die, being left for dead and horribly disfigured gives him one mission: hunt the man who stole his name from soap, Ajax. But the cool thing about the origin tale is how it’s intertwined in the story. It’s not right off the bat, but comes to you in pieces narrated by our friendly anti-hero.
Though we love seeing Deadpool shoot and slice his way through the bad guys, another really special element is indeed that this is set in the X-Men universe with the help of Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. The inclusion of these two really bring some fun moments to the film. Deadpool constantly mocks the X-Men and even says the studio couldn’t afford to include more of them. Colossus is very noble-like and tries to convince Deadpool to join the X-Men and Warhead is the moody teen who could care less about what Deadpool does.
Lastly, we can’t forget that this was a gamble for Fox. This character is known for his mature behavior and the studio, especially Ryan Reynolds and Tim Miller, knew they had to make it that way. With its hard ‘R’ rating for intense violence, blood, language, and nudity, the idea could have been hard to sell. But nope, the opening President’s Day weekend has Deadpool breaking box office records as the biggest ‘R’ rating movie EVER. Needless to say, everyone is happy, especially Fox.
I really can’t praise this movie enough, I could write about every little joke and scene and laugh to myself, go watch the movie two more times, and still be happy. It had everything you could ask for between entertainment and comic books. Plenty of laughs, great action, well directed scenes and an overall fun feeling afterwards. With the success of has received, and a sequel well under way (did I mention Cable?!), let’s hope that this is a great example that comic book movies don’t have to be so family friendly. Marvel has already shown us with their Netflix series Daredevil and Jessica Jones, but maybe we can start pushing out some lesser known or more mature feature films between the studios at play. Rumors are already speculating on an ‘R’ rating Wolverine 3 and X-Force movie, and I think that would be a great move.