"Deadpool" Film Review
By: Nathaniel Simpson
Wade Wilson, AKA Deadpool, is a foul-mouthed, inappropriate, over-the top superhero. He says he's not a superhero, but we know he is by the end of the film. He's just very bad at being a superhero, and that's what makes him so beloved by fans of the Marvel franchise.
We follow Wade, played by the hilarious Ryan Reynolds, who's a hitman that just found out he has terminal cancer. This is a shock to both him and his girlfriend, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). To avoid hurting her, he flees in the night to a lab where they promise to cure him and make him a superhero. That is where he meets Ajax (Ed Skrein), who is an evil mutant that gets pleasure from torturing people who are dying. We see a montage of all the times he tortures Wade, and eventually disfigures his whole body by locking him in a tank without oxygen.
Deadpool hunts down Ajax, AKA Francis, trying to get revenge for what happened in the lab and changing him. Along the way, we meet Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warheard (Brianna Hildebrand) from the X-Men, and a lovable taxi driver who's just trying to win the heart of a girl, Dopinder (Karan Soni).
This film is absolutely hilarious. There are so many dirty jokes, references to older pop culture, and so much more packed into this 2 hour fun-fest. It certainly earns it's R-rating however, with the language and nudity/sex present in the film. But, you can't image Deadpool being any different. I don't think this movie would work as well as it did without the constant sex jokes and foul language. That's just what makes Deadpool who he is.
The action and fight sequences in this film are incredible and very well choreographed. Take the scene towards the end when Deadpool and Ajax finally have their fight. It's mesmerizing watching them fight to the death, while also watching Vanessa try to escape. It was amazingly rehearsed and well shot by cinematographer Ken Sent.
This is Ryan Reynold's best role in his entire career. He was born to play Deadpool. He is excellent at creating the character of Wade Wilson, and it's a joy to watch him perform such a fun character on screen. You don't even think you're watching Reynolds play a character; you feel like you're watching the actual superhero Deadpool tell his story. This film is just incredible, and an excellent addition to the extensive list of Marvel films. In my opinion, I think Deadpool saved 20th Century Fox from it's dying X-Men franchise. It is definitely the best X-Men film, and I can't wait to see where the franchise goes in the future.