Movie Review: Deadpool

by Janelle Ferguson, Contributing Writer

Actor Ryan Reynolds has played various superhero roles during his movie career ranging from Hannibal King in “Blade: Trinity” in 2004 to Hal Jordan in “Green Lantern” in 2011.

After casting the Wade Wilson role for “Deadpool” to Reynolds, once again Marvel fanatics are reminded the atrocity that took place during the release of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” when he portrayed as a bare, mouth less, and alien-like version of Deadpool with weird, tribal-like tattoos on his body.

One would think that since Wilson is played by the same person in the two movies, there might be a possible connection between them. Is “Deadpool” a possible sequel to “X-Men Origins?”

Fortunately, that is not the case. Unlike the one in 2011, this so called “new and improved” Deadpool does receive the costume that fans remember him wearing in the 1990s. He is also a talker despite him wear the full outfit throughout most of the film. His revengeful and sarcastic personality leaves audiences pondering on his identity and what he would be categorized as compared to recent Marvel films. He does not fit the stereotypical heroic standards as Captain America. Regardless, one cannot help but admit that his character is indeed lovable.

His backstory goes in depth throughout a decent portion of the film, but is tastefully done by switching between the epic fighting scenes and his personal life, helping the audience understand what he is fighting for and the different dimensions he has to offer eventually come to light.

Without a doubt, Deadpool is emphasized as a natural comedic relief and charismatic wonder that never fails to go above and beyond. The star of the show gives you a taste of what he is about the second the credits start rolling. However, what makes him so relatable compared to other Marvel heroes is that his humor is also an outlet for him to cope during the uncomfortable situations he has to overcome – which could probably be likened to an exaggerated version of Iron Man. He also is portrayed as a very unconventional “knight and shining armor” who develops odd relationships during unusual circumstances.

He has many flaws and makes numerous mistakes, but he does find the ability to redeem himself in multiple occasions because of the underlying force that drives him. He does not seek to save innocent civilians and doesn’t even care if what he does to accomplish his goals is considered “morally acceptable.” In fact, the character obviously displays on how happy he is to make a game out of decapitating a head briefly into the film. In other words, once viewers overlook his sadistic killing methods and wittiness, it is impossible to not adore him.

“Deadpool” was a fantastic movie and movie goers will appreciate on how authentic and humorous the main character was. The screenwriters deserve a round of applause for indirectly mentioning the mess-ups that occurred in “Green Lantern” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Granted, fans are very much aware of how horrid those films were after production, but the fact that it was acknowledged in a comedic perspective during the film was amazing. Also, the notorious Marvel pop-up scene done by Stan Lee is cherish able and unforgettable as well. Due to the high violent and sexual content that featured in the film, “Deadpool” is most suitable to audiences 18 and older.

One does not have to be a Marvel fan or have taken a glimpse into the Deadpool comic books in order to enjoy this film. Ryan Reynolds’ hands-on contributions towards the development of the character will leave audiences and loyal fans craving for more, which will hopefully turn into a sequel.

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