Want to know what watching a Deadpool movie is like? It’s like waking up pants-less, covered in a variety of cuts, bruises and condiments, but then getting to eat a big stack of pancakes off the back of the dog still sleeping next to you. Or, it infects your brain enough that those are the sort of similes you are liable to cough up.
And yet, for the reigning king of contemporary nerd humor, who plays like a cross between “Kick-Ass” and a Canadian “Guardians of the Galaxy” (smaller- scale and more belligerent), it’s been surprisingly agonizing bringing everyone’s favorite chimichanga-chomping Merc with a Mouth to the big screen. Thankfully, Fox’s common sense was tingling. So, fans: think long and hard about the uncompromising, mostly amoral, full-on bonkers Deadpool movie you’d lacerate any limb for. Your wishes have finally been granted.
Debut director Tim Miller manages the impossible-a film quintessentially built on fan-service that doesn’t suck. It’s appropriate that Deadpool borrowed DMX as his theme song, because his crudely charitable spirit ebbs throughout the flick. Do you want a deliciously profane, sex-and-hyper-violence-stuffed movie, replete with a hilariously on-point soundtrack integrated in a way that’s actually funny? Then consider this movie worth your hard-earned dough.
Don’t make the mistake of dismissing this film as a two-hour running joke: Miller is savvy enough to understand there’s more to “Deadpool” than quips and dismemberment. Sure, the plot was about as flimsy and insubstantial as anything, but, like a messier, crunchier “Guardians,” that was not the point. The point was to deliver a film that stayed true to its source material, that did justice to the original character.
And in the end, I really, really liked “Deadpool.” And you know what? I didn’t expect to. Seriously. I was never a fan of the character (in the sense that I hardly knew anything about him) and the humor, as well as the violence, seemed forced and overdone in the trailers. But, much to my liking, the film ended up greatly exceeding my expectations.
Despite all my praise, it’s not a perfect film. The villain in this revenge tale could have been more memorable and the story itself is a bit too derivative to really do its highly unconventional protagonist (he insists he’s not a hero) justice: but it’s a damn good first entry in a franchise that will hopefully explore the character and his world to a much larger extent in later sequels.
And “Deadpool” is a very important film for another reason. If “Deadpool” is a financial success – which, having grossed $490 million globally so far, is already clear it will be – this could play a vital role in how studios henceforth view the financial prospects of R-rated superhero films, and we’ll hopefully see more of them in the future.