I’m not sure who’s responsible for Deadpool exactly. Tim Miller Directed it, so I’m sure he deserves plenty of credit. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote the script, and I have to give love to the writers. Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner are both listed as producers, so they probably did a lot to bring this film to theaters. But as I understand it, Ryan Reynolds (also listed as a producer) had a major hand in seeing this movie through to completion.
And what a movie it was.
Of course, I’m not saying it was perfect. In fact, Marvel’s explanations for superpowers tend toward the realm of “because science,” and Deadpool puts little effort into trying to diverge from that road. It seems they recognized that their true strength rested in the character himself, so they ran with it and filled in the blanks along the way. And it worked for the most part.
Deadpool is incredibly fun. Much of this is due to the movie’s disregard for most staples (mini-spoiler joke) of the genre. Much of this is due to the humor of the titular (insert childish Wade Wilson joke) character. And much of this is due to a fresh placement of crucial plot development points. As a whole, it works. In fact, each element could be used to help other studios refresh some tired brands.
And yet, in saying all of this, Deadpool still sticks to plenty of tried-and-true superhero elements. I mentioned the superpower explanations, but more than that is the concept that a superhero movie always says that it’s different from other superhero movies. They all try to point out how they’re unique and special and better.
Of course, Deadpool surpasses all others on the sheer strength of its gory, raunchy, profane, R-rated experience. Throughout the film, I found myself wondering if it had been rated NC-17 at one point, only to be pulled back from the brink by the keen removal of a five-second clip.
But, as with other superhero movies, I expect that sequels will show the cracks for what they are. I expect that sequels will reveal yet another tired series.
But I hope not.
4 out of 5 stars