Deadpool - 4 Stars
20th Century Fox gets back into the groove of its acclaimed superb hero franchise after Fantastic Four abomination. Deadpool is the perfect anti-hero to join the superb X-Men franchise!
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Ryan Reynolds loved this movie more than most of the overly enthusiastic audience at the premiere screening. He has been trying to get this movie made for 10 years and it’s finally here and boy what a movie. It keeps everything that I love about the X-Men franchise, the drama, tension, solid storylines, and realistic, graphic violence. Then it adds the comedy. It makes for a brilliant, human look at what it is being a “superhero.”
Reynolds is brilliant – such a far cry from his attempt at the character in Origins. Morena Baccarin is superb as his love interest and Ed Skrein is intensely creepy in the villainous role. The supporting cast of T.J. Miller, Stefan Kapičić and Brianna Hildebrand are all brilliant. It would’ve been nice, however to see a more recognizable X-Men, though as Deadpool told the audience – we couldn’t afford anyone more recognizable.
Overall the script is hysterical, the soundtrack perfect for this film and the cinematography matches beautifully the comedic style of the film. The best element of the film is the wonderfully crafted characters and the superb actors who play them. The passion put into this project is obvious and it makes it even more enjoyable for the audience.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of 20th Century Fox