My Plot Review: Recommended
This movie was produced by asshats and directed by an overpaid tool. Opening credit words, not mine. Bro jokes, superhero in-jokes, nudity, a love story and gore; this movie has them all. Surprisingly, you might not need to be a comic book reader or a pubescent teenage boy to enjoy this film, I for one am neither. It has been well received by many Plot users, too.
We follow the story of Wade Wilson, a mercenary who meets a woman (read: prostitute), falls in love, proposes marriage and then finds out he has terminal cancer. Huge bummer (quite literally). He subjects himself to an experiment that forces him to mutate and cure the cancer, where he meets his enemy Ajax (Ed Skrein), who leaves Wilson disfigured but with exceptional healing powers. After an explosive escape, Wilson utilises his new powers and sadistic sense of humour to form his alter ego, Deadpool, and sets out to get his revenge.
Some of the superhero industry in-jokes were lost on me, I didn't realise, for example, that Reynolds actually starred as DC's Green Lantern (2011), which flopped. Though even with minimal prior knowledge it was easily identifiable as a middle finger to the foundations of superhero franchises. Overall, this didn't ruin the experience. The pace was fast and the in-jokes easily wash over you as you are guffawing at Deadpool's masturbation jokes to his blind, elderly housemate.
"A fourth wall break inside a fourth wall break? That's like... 16 walls".
The fourth wall gets well and truly smashed throughout the movie, which allows for a lot of the superhero in-jokes. It also serves to make it more accessible, even if you're not a Marvel or a DC fan. Deadpool's awareness of the cameras presence is informal and frequent and he often chats to the audience.
I'm not entirely sure how this movie ended up being a 15 in the UK (R Rated). It is pretty gory in places, the kind that makes you wince, and at one point it takes international women's day to new highs, when Deadpool's girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) treats him to some stimulation of the bum variety.
You could in fact argue that the gratuitous female nudity is a bit much, but you do get to see a lot of Reynolds too, including a good few seconds of his aforementioned backside as he walks around his flat.
There were a lot of lad bible worthy jokes though and the female superheroes/mutants were hugely underdeveloped. We had the submissive sidekick of Ajax, Angel Dust, played by Gina Carano, who was strong as hell and liked chewing matchsticks. Then there was Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), who helps Deadpool at the end alongside Colossus, a giant metal man from Professor X's team. She is basically a gothy, moody teenager who gets to turn into a ball of fire at the end.
One thing the movie did really well was present a captivating non-linear timeline, jumping between the present with Reynolds in his blood drenched red suit as Deadpool, and back to his perfect relationship with Vanessa. Remember guys, this is a love story!
Without serious knowledge of the superhero movie industry, I can't quite make my mind up if Deadpool is a pastiche or a parody—I'm going to go with both. It was certainly a refreshing change from the other superhero movies I have watched, enjoyed and subsequently grown tired of; but it's not a format with a future for this genre. There was definitely more room for character development with Negasonic Teenage Warhead, which may have paved the way, but then I suppose there would have been a few less dick jokes.
If you are a huge Marvel fan, you have probably already seen this movie, if you are somewhere in the middle like me, I'd definitely recommend it. If you have never liked superhero movies, this would probably be an odd place to start, but do it anyway.