Oh look, I finally got around to watching a movie that was in theaters months ago! Okay, this one I should have had a month ago when it came out on Bluray, but with the move, I put a moratorium on my Amazon orders because I didn’t want to miss anything. But now that the move is complete, these movies should start coming in again.
So anyhow, I’m a big fan of Deadpool, as anyone who has been reading my comic reviews on Saturdays should know. I was not at all happy with the portrayal in that really bad Wolverine movie though, so is this going to be better? Let’s find out.And the answer is, hell yes. Okay, the movie isn’t perfect, but it has nothing to do with Deadpool and a lot to do with the construction of the plot. It’s very convoluted, trying to shoehorn his origin story in around the real storyline, but Ryan Reynolds absolutely nailed Deadpool as a character, in the same way that Robert Downey Jr. nailed it as Tony Stark.
Now usually, I try to describe the plot, but there isn’t really that much there. It’s an origin story, mixed in with a revenge plot, plus a kidnapping. You get appearances by both Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, at least in name because she is clearly not the same character, plus Stan Lee gets his customary cameo. To be honest, the story isn’t particularly memorable, what steals the show is Deadpool himself. I could watch Deadpool going grocery shopping, he’s that good.
What isn’t so good is the villain, Ajax, played by Ed Skrein. He tries but I never really bought him as credible. Now they don’t flesh him out nearly as much as he is in the comics, they only said he was immune to pain in the movie, but seriously, he takes an absurd amount of damage and pain or no, bones break. Deadpool has a healing factor, Ajax does not. Angel Dust at least is super strong, although again is very different from the comics, so I can see her being able to take some damage, but putting her up against Colossus and holding her own? I don’t buy it as shown on screen.
Now normally, Deadpool is completely over the top and he really isn’t as much on the big screen, mostly because I don’t think he could go as far in live action. They did have him break the fourth wall constantly, I guess you could argue that he was aware he was in a movie, he made all kinds of references to other films, etc. Maybe in the next movie, they’ll ramp things up. I would love to see a theatrical version of Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, but that would be a ridiculously difficult movie to make.
Still, if you like Deadpool, this is amazing, not for the plot, but for Deadpool. It feels close enough to some of the other movies Fox has done to fit in, but far enough away to be its own thing. They could easily put Deadpool into the next X-Men movie and it would work. That might be interesting if they decide to actually make a mini-cinematic universe of their own.