In world run rife with superhero flicks –some bad, some good, some terrible — one dares to challenge the establishment with an unsophisticated R-rated extravaganza of explosions, decapitations, and unyielding nut punches. Needless to say, the film mostly comes through and offers up a fun filled joyride of bullet riddled mayhem, just so long as you don’t spend too much time thinking about the films why’s and how’s. As a film that was built out of pure, unadulterated fan service after early, previously canceled, test footage leaked, it still manages to hit its mark with a sloppy, yet sound, bullseye.
Based on Marvel’s classic fan favorite anti-hero, Deadpool, the film takes its viewers on a blood-bathed, revenge fueled, high-speed chase through what exactly it means to NOT be a superhero all while Ferris Bullering the audience with a load of inside commentary. While the use of fourth wall breaking is found in abundance throughout the film, it manages to stop itself just shy of becoming a tired old joke and instead fully highlights the characters sense of humor and deep seeded neurosis.
The films lead, Wade ‘Ryan Reynolds’ Wilson, a former special ops agent turned mercenary for hire with a severe case of dark, brazen wit, falls for a prostitute who can of course, keep up with the legendary merc with a mouth beat for beat. Inevitably tragedy strikes as our ‘hero’ is stricken with a terminal illness and in a final bout of desperation, reaches out to a research facility who promises to not only cure him, but to make him better. The plot thickens as the facility that seeks to cure him is found to have a side agenda which involves turning him into a super slave. After the ‘curing’ process leaves him horribly deformed, he’s able to mount an escape only to promise revenge on those who wronged him and to make them cure him of his newfound ugliness.
As long as you don’t spend too much time asking yourself exactly how the evil organization gave our titular character his powers and why they’re incredibly under-motivated as villains who serve solely to be bad for bad’s sake, the film does manage to keep itself enjoyable. The inclusion of additional heroes, in the form of the X-Men’s Colossus and Nega-Sonic Teenage Warhead, also leave a little to be desired as it’s clear that they’re only shoehorned into the film to inform viewers that it’s part of the greater X-Men franchise. Colossus’s poorly CGI-ed character, that due to clear budgetary restraints is never seen in his regular human form, serves as nothing more than a bland-preachy-hero-punching-bag who gets hit in the crotch enough times to where it could be its own drinking game. Nega-Sonic’s inclusion is actually both welcome and fun, but the character is ultimately underutilized and clearly serves as little more than a setup to Fox’s long rumored New Mutants franchise which will focus on a roster of younger powered heroes.
While the film, like its lead, isn’t without its faults, it also never hesitates to call itself out to viewers letting them know that this film is meant to serve as a faced paced adventure full of punching, shooting, and stabbing that was designed to be faithful to not only the spirit of the character, but also his devout, if not ravenous, fan base. Make no mistake, this was a film made purely for the fans, but for those of you who are looking to take a break from the run of the mill do-gooder hero franchises out there, Deadpool might just be the romantic romp of violence that you need for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday.
Deadpool hits theaters this Friday, February 12th, 2016.