Deadpool brought to the table that it was a totally different kind of superhero film. It actually went so far as to make fun of the whole Marvel superhero film genre. Turned the genre completely on its head. Really funny and equally violent. That is what director Tim Miller (first film) and writers Rhett Reese (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Zombieland) and Paul Wernick (Life, Zombieland) were going for. For fans of the comic they keep it very true to the source material with all the R rated stuff and the fact that it often breaks the fourth wall.
Despite the fact that it made a ton of cash at the box office (around $800 million), it isn’t a film for everyone. That is due to the graphic (in many respects) nature of it. Some might find it too offputting. It is not your typical superhero flick. Actually, upon closer examination, it is not really a superhero film at all. Deadpool is really an anti-hero. He does not want to do good, rather seeks revenge against those who have wronged him.
Just when Wade (Ryan Reynolds – The Proposal, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) seems to have his life together (somewhat) and has found the woman of his dreams, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin – from television’s Gotham), who has agreed to marry him, it all goes to pot. When he is at his happiest is when after passing out in his and Vanessa’s apartment, Wade is told that he has terminal cancer.
His world comes crashing down. Wade decides that he cannot put Vanessa through this and leaves her. He does remember meeting a man (Jed Rees – Elizabethtown, The Ringer), who made an offer to him that he first rejected outright and is now, because of his health, reconsidering. The man promised to make the former Special Forces operative into a superhero. Having nothing to lose, Wade goes all in.
Ajax or Francis (Ed Skrein – The Transporter Refueled) puts him through a torturous procedure promising to make a superhero of Wade. It ends up giving him the ability to heal him no matter what the injury. Meaning Wade has been rendered immortal. Though his cancer is now a thing of the past the procedure has rendered the once handsome man into a hideous looking person.
As a result, Wade knows he cannot go back to Vanessa. She is the only reason he went through with all of this. So, now Wade wants revenge. He becomes a black and red costumed thing he calls Deadpool and begins the search for Ajax/Francis.
There are several reasons why this film did so well. People who saw it loved it! Most of that was because it was so different from other Marvel films. The story and the way it is told is rather inventive. Using plenty of flashbacks and some flash forwards it keeps you on your toes with its fast pace from the get go.
Visually it also stands out. There is plenty of action so loads of action sequences. None of then are of the straightforward variety. They also run through the gamut of ways of filming action scenes. You won’t get bored here.
Ryan Reynolds has found a part which is tailor made for himself. He gets to be physical and witty in Deadpool. Plays to all his talents. Plus he and his romantic lead, Morena Baccarin, have such great chemistry it really builds on the romantic side of the story.
As a warning for parents out there, this is not a superhero film you should allow kids to see. There is plenty of graphic violence, dirty jokes and sexual stuff. The R rating is warranted.
**From Comics to Screen…to Screen
**Gallery (Concept Art, Costumes, Storyboards, Pre-vis, Stunt-vis)
**Deadpool’s Fun Sack
**Audio Commentary by Ryan Reynolds and Screenwriters Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick
**Audio Commentary by Director Tim Miller and Deadpool Co-Creator/Comics Artist Rob Liefeld
-Deleted/Extended Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Director Tim Miller