By Shelby Fielding (Lubbock, Texas, USA)


Deadpool: Did It Live Up to the Hype?


Deadpool is directed by Tim Miller and stars Ryan Reynolds, T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin, and Ed Skrein. The movie is a fun and enjoyable ride filled with entertaining moments of breaking the fourth wall. Though it is filled with vulgar dialogue and violent aspects. It still focuses on the character itself and brings the narrative as close as possible to the comic book itself. The movie starts with an awesome exposition to Deadpool as a character providing action and a hilarious intro credits sequence which I will not spoil for those who haven’t seen it. The movie provides flashbacks as to how Wade Wilson received his powers and his life decisions involving him finding those powers and becoming Deadpool. We then begin this awesome journey of Deadpool getting revenge on the man who gifted him with these abilities. Providing moments of breaking the fourth wall, breath-taking action, romance, and hilarious comic relief.

Overall Review:

Have you ever been insanely excited for a movie? Then been completely let down by the movie itself. Well, that is not the case with Deadpool. This movie is possibly the best comic book movie of all time. It has generated an insane amount of money with an incredibly low budget. This movie generated over $360 million domestically and over $780 million worldwide with a budget of just $58 million. Making Deadpool one of the highest grossing superhero movies ever made based off of the money generated from the budget it was given. This movie is filled with original, raunchy, and creative takes on the superhero genre. Ryan Reynolds was born to play this role, and he fully grasps the essence of this character. With incredible one-liners and hilarious verbal disputes with amazing side characters like Weasel played by T.J. Miller. Who is undeniably charismatic in this movie and has amazing on-screen chemistry with Ryan Reynolds.

This film also develops an amazing, comic, and entertaining romance narrative between Wade Wilson and Vanessa played by Morena Baccarin. Allowing the audience to relate to the man under the mask named Wade Wilson. This chemistry and narrative displays just how amazing this script is. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick did a stunning job with a well thought out script with great attention to detail based off the comic book. Which leads me to my next point involving the narrative of this film. And, how the film pays complete homage and respect to the comic book of Deadpool. With the costumes of not only Deadpool but the X-Men characters as well completely resembling those of the comic book series. As both Negasonic Teenage Warhead played by Brianna Hildebrand and Colossus played by Stefan Kapicic are flushed out beautifully though the script. Both are also fun to look at and have great screen presence and do not slow the movie down what so ever.

This movie is filled with surprising direction as well from the action to the on-screen dialogue, and Deadpool’s breaking of the fourth wall throughout the film. Tim Miller knocked it out of the park as well as really showed just how much talent he possesses as a director. With Deadpool being his first film he has directed. This movie gives incredible fan-service, because the film was pretty much just made because of the desire of the fans. With the leaked test footage from 2012 making the internet explode, and the terrible writing for the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which the movie makes fun of in certain scenes. This movie has incredible writing, production, direction, and portrayal of entertaining characters. This film will leave movie audiences satisfied and entertained from a great story.

Flaws of the Film:

There are very few flaws in the film. The problems of the movie center around the central antagonist of the movie. As the villain in the film is not given enough screen time or dialogue to flush out his character. However, this flaw does not deviate from the narrative of the film. But, it does force the film to use cliché screenplay to make the audience understand the villain. This is probably one of the few and only flaws of the film. And, really is a nitpick nonetheless I believe it to be a flaw.

Final Thoughts & Grade:

My final thoughts on Deadpool are that this movie is a fun, exciting, and entertaining ride for all movie goers. I do not recommend that children should see this movie. This is a superhero movie for adults and fans of the comic book, and I’m going to give this movie an A. I do recommend buying the Blu-ray of this movie if you have not seen it and help give this film more money to keep this team together, because this team of Tim Miller, Ryan Reynolds, T.J Miller, Rhett Reese, and Paul Wernick has a bright future for this franchise.

Rating: 5/5



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