All the super, none of the hero. In essence, Deadpool reminds us that sometimes we just need to stop taking things to seriously, and enjoy films, especially those of the heroic disposition, for what they are. It has been one of the most hotly anticipated Marvel movies for a while now, and largely because it seems to break the formulaic mould of storytelling that has resulted in often-simple CGI soaked moneymakers. Therein lies one of Deadpool’s fundamental flaws, and paradoxically perhaps it’s greatest strength - its desire to break the mould.
On one hand it’s refreshing to see the return of the fourth wall break. It almost gives a measure of relativity that helps the audience better empathise and understand the character. Unlike House of Cards however, Deadpool’s character uses the fourth wall break to drive the narrative, breaking the monotony of what is in essence a simple story. The simplicity of tale is part of the allure of the movie. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) has a life with few complaints, but then he faces a huge hurdle, tries to find a solution, changes, and tries to attain retribution.
In an effort to parody the twisting of this linear storyline, Deadpool breaks the character. In doing so however, it’s often undone by it’s own use of irony, parody and at times overly cheesy humour. This would deter many, but the film balances this out with a host of meta references that’ll really have any audience in splits.
"In an effort to parody the twisting of this linear storyline, Deadpool breaks the character"
Ryan Reynolds portrays Deadpool in a way that made it seem like this role was his destiny. The plot of the script lends itself to him, who essentially plays the same character, with or without the red-leather suit. His jabs are witty, his stunts breath-taking and his sense of comic timing is unparalleled by any hero of the Marvel franchise. Moreover, Reynolds seems to have shed the ‘good-guy’ tag that he was unfortunately made to carry after the cringe-fest that was the Green Lantern.
Monera Baccarin is equally captivating as Reynolds’ love interest Vanessa: the palpable chemistry between both super-sarcastic figures represents a contrast in the flow of often lead-fueled violent comedy, reminding us of how a simple love story can provide the backbone of any successful hero flick.
If you are one of those die-hard fans that nitpicks at every deviation from the comics, this film may not be for you. Deadpool doesn’t amaze us with a strong story, but immerses us in the nonsensical nastiness and humour of the protagonist. I can recommend it with a warning not to expect a typical superhero film, but a violent and cynical parody that stops at nothing (literally) to make us laugh.
The adaptation does everything right, emphasising Deadpool’s inherent humanity. While it’s not perfect, overall you can tell that this is a film by fans for fans and no soulless mass product.
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