Finally, a Marvel movie that dares to be different! As the first R-rated superhero movie, Deadpool pushed the boundaries of what is considered normal for a Marvel film, and the end result was nearly perfect.
Deadpool, with its thrilling action sequences and its constant stream of hysterical and raunchy jokes, brought new energy and life into a genre of film that has recently been criticized as having become very predictable and formulaic.
If you are looking for a movie with a complex plot, Deadpool will not satisfy you, but, then again, one look at the trailer will tell you that plot is not what drives this movie.
Of all the Marvel movies produced in the past few years, Deadpool’s story is one of the most basic. In keeping with its Valentine’s Day weekend release date, the plot of Deadpool slightly resembles that of a romantic comedy.
Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is an ex-Special Forces operative who gets diagnosed with cancer. In order to spare his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) the pain of having to see him suffer, Wade seeks the help of Ajax (Ed Skrein), who is running an experiment that he claims can cure cancer.
In fact, the purpose of Ajax’s experiment is to unlock a person’s hidden mutant cells (similar to what allows the X-Men to get their superpowers).
As a result of the experiment, Wade gains accelerated healing powers but is left horribly disfigured.
He adopts the name Deadpool and sets off to get revenge on Ajax and find a way to fix his deformity so he can get back together with Vanessa.
Deadpool is not your average superhero. He is not a nice, family-friendly guy with a strict moral code like Captain America, Iron Man, or any of the other Avengers. Known as the “merc with the mouth,” Deadpool is absolutely insane and seems to have no filter whatsoever with what comes out of his mouth when he speaks.
This makes for a ton of daring and wildly entertaining crude humor. There are so many laugh-out-loud moments in Deadpool that I found myself missing some jokes because I was still laughing too much at a previous joke. That was not a bad thing; a movie like Deadpool should feel that way.
Besides a wide array of profane sexual innuendos, Deadpool also pokes fun at Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox.
From commenting on all the obstacles that the creators of the movie had to face to get approval by 20th Century Fox (the movie was only approved after fans went wild when test footage was leaked onto the Internet), Ryan Reynold’s previous foray into the superhero genre in 2011 with a terrible Green Lantern movie, and the X-Men series that exists in the same universe as Deadpool, Deadpool is constantly breaking the fourth wall and interacting with the audience directly, a technique that was first utilized in the original comics.
After its opening weekend, Deadpool became the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time, and there is already a sequel in the works. Hopefully, Deadpool’s success will pave the way for other new and daring ventures into the superhero genre. In fact, rumor has it that the next Wolverine film will be R-rated as well.
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of superhero movies, but I did not realize how much the genre needed a refresher until I watched Deadpool.
Here was something new, something bold, something the likes of which had never been seen before, something that Marvel desperately needed to keep fans from getting bored of the same old, same old.
With Deadpool behind us, I look forward to what new and amazing things Marvel comes up with in the years to come.