Deadpool is extreme in every sense, its dark, its incredibly brutal, its, at times sexy, but most importantly it’s funny, in fact its damned hilarious.
The story of Deadpool is a little thin on the ground, the fundamental plot of the film is a basic story of revenge. But the films format and presentation makes that basic plot extremely engaging. This is not run of the mill, origin story fare, it’s In-at-the-deep-end approach to establishing a character is a very refreshing one and it, surprisingly, packs as much heart as it does humour and violence.
Equally refreshing is the action, which doesn’t feel timid or held back in any way, quite the opposite, Deadpool is the first superhero film since The Dark Knight Rises where the fight scenes pack a genuine punch. They are violent and gory but they’re simultaneously fluid and fast moving.
Ryan Reynolds is on top form here, in fact he’s on a form so good he gets away with mocking a fair few of his other roles. Suffice to say he was born to play the part of Deadpool. But he’s not the only one on doing the film justice, Ed Skrien is also excellent as a merciless, vicious, if a little clichéd, antagonist, whilst Brianna Hildebrand is a great counter to Deadpool’s constant loudness. And the film even features the first Stan Lee cameo for a while, to feel funny rather than an unwelcome, over used joke.
Aesthetically the film is very interesting, with it using different visual prompts depending on the setting. The Wade Wilson of the past is presented in an attractive, at times quite striking way. Whereas the Deadpool of present is seen surrounded by grey, generic environments, making him and his dark red costume the most vibrant thing in any scene where he appears. It’s a smart dichotomy that reflects the overarching themes of the film itself and it goes to make Deadpool an even more enjoyable on screen character.
In terms of sound, the movie has a well curated sound track that mixes musical gags with the in your face attitude that sums Deadpool up. What makes the music so clever though, is Deadpool’s interaction with it. Breaking the fourth wall to play off the character as a musical cue, rather than just your typical fight scene beat matching.
It’s not without its faults though, some of the dialogue is cringe worthily clunky, and throughout the film there’s never much of a sense of threat, the stakes never feel high enough for Deadpool to be in any real danger, though the stakes for his love interest are significantly upped in a intimidating twist in the third act.
Overall Deadpool is an extremely refreshing superhero movie, it’s laugh out loud from start to finish, but it also shows that Superhero movies can be dark and adult without having to compromise on characters or it’s set piece action, in fact it wouldn’t be surprising if Deadpool 2 was even more extreme and that’s defiantly something to look forward to, Though you will leave the cinema asking what the hell a film has to do these days to be given an 18 rating.
Overall, on a 100 point scale I would score Deadpool: 8.6