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“Deadpool”: an unconventional twist on your average superhero film

February 17th, 2016

 

The superhero: a paragon for all that is good in the world, who fights evil for the right reasons, and does so with extraordinary abilities.

 

Then, there’s “Deadpool.”

 

The well-known “Merc with a Mouth” got his own movie treatment this year after a highly criticized depiction in the 2009 film “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

 

Unlike the superhero’s last appearance on the big screen, “Deadpool” is a fantastic rendition of one of the most vulgar comic book characters of all time.

Ryan Reynolds

“Deadpool” opens up with the superhero setting up to ambush someone on his “naughty list.” This leads to a major car pile-up on the highway, catching the attention of the news and the X-Men.

 

During the fight scene, Deadpool, played by Ryan Reynolds, breaks the fourth wall and goes back to tell his life story.

 

The superhero begins his tale when he, Wade Wilson, Deadpool’s hidden identity, meets the girl of his dreams, Vanessa Carlysle, before getting his superpowers

 

Wilson successfully proposes to Carlysle, but soon after is immediately diagnosed with terminal cancer.

 

After hearing an offer from a secret organization that could potentially save his life, Wilson accepts and leaves Vanessa in the middle of the night.

 

As a means of healing him, the heads of the secret organization, Ajax, played by Ed Skrein, and his assistant, Angel Dust, played by Gina Carano, inject Wilson with a serum and begin torturing him to agitate the serum’s powers.

 

Finally, when Ajax and Angel trigger the serum, Wilson is healed of his cancer. However, the serum’s effects make Wilson look gruesome, similar to Freddy Kruger from “The Nightmare on Elm Street. “

 

This breaks Wilson mentally and encourages him to take drastic measures, burning Ajax’s lab down.

 

Ajax escapes and leaves Wilson for dead, but Wilson’s new healing capabilities keeps him alive. Once Wilson escapes, he searches to hunt down Ajax and anyone associated with him.

 

The movie switches between the initial highway scene from the beginning of the film and “Deadpool’s” storytelling at least twice, but doesn’t add anything special to the transition of the film.

 

As a whole, “Deadpool” comes across as a hysterical commentary in response to the superhero genre. Reynolds plays the title character well and completely makes his previous performance as the same character in “X-Men Origins” forgiven by dedicated comic book fans.

 

The best part of the entire film is the writing. Deadpool treats the fourth wall like a punching bag during the entire film, going as far as to break it twice in one scene.

 

Film Review Deadpool

Since “Deadpool” is owned by Fox Entertainment, the same owners of the “X-Men” franchise, the film welcomes two “X-Men” characters, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, the famed “X-Men” Mansion and numerous references to Wolverine.

 

Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are portrayed well by Stefan Kapičić and Brianna Hildebrand, respectively.

 

Colossus is the giant chrome, noble and mature character foil to Reynolds’ questionable and immature Deadpool while Negasonic Teenage Warhead is a sullen teenager with the capability to create atomic blasts.

 

It is possible that at some point in the future, Fox could be planning for Deadpool and Wolverine to meet up in another superhero film.

 

It is highly unlikely that any R-rated film this year could fully earn its R-rating as well as “Deadpool.”  The film holds a good amount inappropriate material, ranging from innumerable expletives to nudity and drug references. However, “Deadpool” didn’t fail to bring in audiences, despite its R-rating, and managed to bring an unconventional twist to the average and stereotypical superhero film.