REVIEW: ‘Deadpool’ Is Good Fun Despite A Standard Story

The fans wanted the real Deadpool and Ryan Reynolds gave them the real Deadpool.

This latest film from Marvel comic book lore follows the story of Wade Wilson, (Reynolds) a former special forces member who gets by doing odd (usually a bit dangerous) jobs for people.

His life style begins to change, though, when he meets a woman named Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and the two hit it off right away. Life doesn’t allow Wilson to enjoy his surroundings very much, though, as he is soon diagnosed with terminal cancer.

As a way to fight back, Wilson decides to undergo an experiment that can improve the healing factors in his body. The problem is he basically gets double crossed by a guy who goes by the name Ajax (Ed Skrein), who heals his cancer but tortures him until he becomes deformed.

This leads Wilson on a path of revenge under the guise of the name Deadpool.

Tackling the positives of this latest Marvel flick first, “Deadpool” delivers on what it’s trying to sell to perfection.

According to the comic books, the character Deadpool is supposed to be a wisecracking, joke-making anti-hero who always breaks the fourth wall, and that’s exactly what happens in this movie.

The humor in this movie come at the audience fast and furious, only stopping a few times here and there during key plot points. The same can be said for the action, it’s bloody, messy and best of all, well choreographed. The combination of self-aware humor and wild, but well shot violence makes for a really exciting, fun time at the cinema.

With that said, though, I was disappointed by the route the story went in this picture. While there were plenty of jokes and action to go around, the story felt rather bland and played out a bit too generically. For all its fourth wall breaking, “Deadpool” played it pretty standard as a revenge tale with a romantic subplot.

The same generic label can be applied to the film’s villain, Ajax, who was extremely typical when it came to motives.

On top of that, one of the villain’s abilities was not being able to feel, so it didn’t leave much room for Skrein to give a memorable performance.

Fortunately, though, “Deadpool” does benefit from phenomenal work given by its lead actor. Reynolds embraces everything about the person he’s portraying and has a lot of fun with the role. From start to finish, Reynolds makes the humor work extremely well.

The supporting cast did fine, too, especially Baccarin as Vanessa and T.J. Miller as Deadpool’s friend Weasel. Plus, the movie received a nice boost from having a couple X-Men enter the fray a few times, too.

I liked “Deadpool” quite a bit, but didn’t love it. While it certainly was a good bit of fun at the theater, it didn’t blow me away as much as, say, “Kick-Ass” did back in 2010. There’s no doubt, though, that the hardcore fans will enjoy this one. High 3 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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