Releases February 12, 2016
1 hr 46 mins
Director: Tim Miller
Screenplay Writers: Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese (based on Character by Rob Liefeld & Fabian Nicieza)
Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson / Deadpool
Morena Baccarin as Vanessa
Ed Skrein as Francis / Ajax
T. J. Miller as Weasel
Gina Carano as Angel Dust
Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead
Stefan Kapičić as Colossus (Voice)
Leslie Uggams as Blind Al
Jed Rees as The Recruiter
Karan Soni as Dopinder
Review by Stephen M.
Deadpool, a Marvel film by Fox that actually makes you salivate for a sequel. Deadpool directed by Tim Miller is perfect as a Rated R super hero film, especially if you are familiar with the comic book character. The film captures the essence of Deadpool to a T with about as perfect as a performance as you could expect from Ryan Reynolds. The marketing of the film has been nothing short of brilliance. What other perfect Valentine movie features so many stabbings and gun shot wounds?
The Merc with the Mouth is full of humor and action that makes this a must see movie. From breaking the fourth wall, to encouraging murder and mayhem of your local cabbie to holiday themed sex romps, the film stretches and breaks several times the mold that is held by Marvel's studios self made films. The clever dialogue from poking fun at itself, Marvel, Fox Studios and everyone it legally can is part of what makes the film enjoyable.
The lead characters are great in their roles including Ed Skrein as the protagonist, Ajax. Gina Carano as Angel Dust and Stefan Kapičić as the voice of Colossus are incredibly dull in contrasts to their allies Ajax and Deadpool respectively. Perhaps intentionally to make Deadpool and Ajax stand out more, though the disappearance of Angel Dust and Colossus would not take away from the film.
Besides Angel Dust and Colossus there is not a whole lot to gripe about of the film. The narrative with the flashbacks in the beginning is a bit annoying but can be overlooked. The soundtrack is awesome and quite fitting including "Captain Deadpool." While Ajax was an interesting villain with his rivalry with Deadpool, you would have hoped there was someone much sinister or powerful that Deadpool had to face.
Overall, I would highly recommend the film, if you're a fan of Deadpool or super hero movies in general. The film is not for kids with its nudity and violence. If the Studio would have made it PG-13 they would have had to cut out 95% of the film making it into a short film. One spoiler I will give and that is for those that follow the comic book. Yes, this character, Bob the Hydra Agent, does make an appearance of some form. Be sure to stay after the credits for two scenes. And if you like films where Ryan Reynolds's character is not all there, check out his film THE VOICES which we reviewed here.
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars out of 5 Stars