Most comic-book hero fans will know where I am going when I begin by saying, “it was a cold and dark day that May back in 2009.” As if Fox’s three previous X-Men films hadn’t made it perfectly clear what their main character’s story was, they made the conscious decision to give us the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This movie was absolute bullshit. The X-Men franchise was something great that I had actually gotten to grow up alongside with, and this film just made it painstakingly obvious that they no longer cared about doing the X-Men justice, and that they just wanted your money. I was turned off of the franchise, and was not at all excited for the next installment set to be released in 2011.
I fully expected the reviews and comments for this film to be filled with hate and extreme criticism, and trust me, they were. Alongside the entirety of Michael Bay’s career, X-Men Origins set itself up to be the running joke for years and years due to how shitty it really was. But as I watched from amidst the crowd as they threw their burning torches of criticism into the already raging inferno, I heard a name rise up from the mob. It started as an unfamiliar chant, a name that seemed foreign to me, but still, it intrigued me. I found myself joining in on the crowd’s chant as it grew louder and louder, though I did not know what it was. Eventually, it became the mob’s battle cry, and filled us with such rage and sorrow that we stormed Fox Studios, yelling this name as if it were our “Alamo.” By God’s grace, our cry was heard by a savior, though many of us did not know we needed one. This savior’s name was Ryan Reynolds.
I had heard the name “Deadpool” in passing before X-Men Origins was released. Sure, he sounded like an interesting character, but I did not read comic books, so the information was useless to me. Upon learning that Deadpool’s real name was Wade Wilson, and that Wade Wilson had been played by Ryan Reynolds in that piece of garbage, I was taken aback. If you truly want to know the crimes committed by Fox, I recommend you go see Deadpool sometime this week, and then go back and watch X-Men Origins to see for yourself how this character was so unjustly cinematically crucified.
But our savior, Ryan Reynolds, did not give up on his dream. Ryan was so excited to be portraying his favorite comic book character that he did not even read the script for X-Men Origins. Ever since then, he has given his arm and leg to makes sure that Deadpool was redeemed on the big screen, and he was finally rewarded for his hard work this year.
After 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy came out, and with The Kingsman‘s surprising success, I insisted that we would see a change in tone to this seemingly endless stream of comic book movies. While Age of Ultron and Ant Man certainly proved me wrong, Fox came back this year and did something right for once. This movie is whatever the opposite of “taking yourself seriously” is. With the exception of a few serious emotional moments, I do not remember a point in the film where at least someone in the theater wasn’t laughing. While there are several scenes that I would describe as “unnecessary,” I understand the reason and appeal to them. Beside’s the humor, however, this story would be absolutely awful if it weren’t for its great characters, and great characters aren’t possible without…
I tend to refrain from saying things like this, but Ryan Reynolds made this film. His enthusiasm and love for this character really showed throughout the entirety of the film. I do not believe that anyone else would, or ever will be able to embody this character as well as Ryan does, because he really has poured his life into this movie these past few years. It’s always refreshing to see actors with good talent actually pursue roles rather than be asked to do them, you know they are always going to perform well when they are performing a character they truly love.
I really struggled with what score I wanted to give the visuals of this film. So, let me say this before I explicitly state why I gave it a 6; there are films whose focus are not to be visually appealing or artistic. Look at modern day comedy films, they don’t try to be visually appealing or try to have great cinematography because their purpose is to make people laugh. While I understand this, I don’t think this means that these films should get a pass, but, at the same time, I don’t expect these films to change… If you say this is because I have an internal bias against comedy films, then I totally agree with you. With that being said, the CGI for this film was pretty bad and noticeable. While I understand that they probably had a lower budget, and that they probably didn’t give a crap, I refuse to hand out passes because they may have “made up for it” in other categories.
If you read my review for Fury Road, you will remember my new-found appreciation for Junkie XL, who did the score for Deadpool. His score for this film was not as great as his one for Fury Road. But, this is primarily due to the fact that more attention was given to the actual soundtrack for this film rather than Junkie’s original score. The soundtrack itself ranges from the beautiful and dreamlike songs of Juice Newton to the in-your-face gangster rap of DMX. It really captures the tone of the film and is perfect.
X-Factor: Monster Magnet Reference, 8/10
A character introduced in this film as a recruit for the X-Men is named Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Besides being an awesome super hero name, it is also the name of a song by Monster Magnet, a stoner rock band I happen to enjoy. Whether or not their song was the inspiration for an X-Men character, or the X-Men character was the inspiration for the song is honestly irrelevant to me. I’m also too lazy to look up which one came first.
Deadpool was a very fun film to watch. I was laughing through most of the movie and thoroughly enjoyed a vast majority of the film. I got exactly what I wanted and expected from a film whose main character is Deadpool, which was plenty of self-referential jokes and 4th-Wall breaks. This film is self aware to the point that it “knows” the guy playing its main character is Ryan Reynolds, which is spectacularly clever writing.