This film has it all: a superhero, lots of jokes, action, violence, verbose profanity, a broken fourth wall, gore, a love story, mature themes, IKEA jokes, a gratuitous sex scene and Hugh Jackman/Wolverine jokes. It also has cancer, torture, blind jokes and a whole lot of other things that you’re not used to seeing in a Marvel film. It is a film that is never lacking in wit or action and one that continuously earns its 18A rating.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool is the story of a (Canadian) mercenary who uses a broken fourth wall and non-linear storytelling to explain how he met a girl, fell in love, was diagnosed with cancer and then goes on a revenge-fueled rampage. Deadpool has always had a dark origin story and this film shies away from none of it. Deadpool will destroy what you thought you knew about superhero films and what you thought you knew about superheroes.
The film is an origin story so the narrative is pretty straightforward; a man gets superpowers with unintended consequences and spends the rest of the film out for revenge. Specifically, Wade Wilson meets a girl, falls in love and then is diagnosed with cancer. To try and beat the cancer he enlists in a program to give him mutant powers in order to be able to heal. This process, though successful, disfigures Wade and he believes that his fiancée could never love him again. He takes the moniker Deadpool and spends the rest of the film seeking revenge against the man responsible for his disfigurement. So the story, though with some twists on the traditional origin story, is fairly standard and not the reason why you should see this film. You should see the film because of how the story is told. With very witty banter, great jokes and great action sequences, it is told in an extremely enjoyable way.
This begins with the casting of Ryan Reynolds. He is, simply put, perfect in the role and his action scenes and wit are both superb. His in-movie quips and those directed to the audience — known as breaking the fourth wall — densely populate the film. You are never more than a minute or two away from a good joke, or for that matter, an action scene. With the 18A rating, the comedy is the sort of profane comedy that you would expect, and it starts right with the opening credits.
And that rating also allows the reality of a superhero movie to, for the first time, be displayed properly. When Deadpool swings his sword, he dismembers someone. And you see it. The film also has what all superhero films need, a good boss fight. Even though this one is disrupted for the sake of comedy and action, it is still good.
If you can get past the darker themes and gore, this is a hilarious and action-packed film that you won’t want to mess and that you won’t soon forget. It redefines the superhero film genre and is absolutely worth seeing.
There is a second post-credits Easter egg.
Deadpool is out now.