Ryan Reynolds’ dream of making a proper Deadpool movie has come to fruition and fans of the Merc With A Mouth are loving it! Unfortunately, I’m not a fan. Let me explain.
While I’m down with breaking the fourth wall and some of the humour, the constant barrage of expletives make it a pain to watch. To be honest, I knew what I was getting going into the theatre. But I didn’t expect it to be that excessive. I guess I’ll stick to my Spider-Man and X-Men.
Just to give you a little bit of background, Deadpool started as a spoof of DC’s Deathstroke. He first appeared in an issue of X-Force which features Cable and the rest, as they say, is history. Comic book readers loved the character and what was supposed to be a one-of has turned into a profitable franchise. A sequel for this film is already in the works and they even teased Cable will be a part of it. I am excited for that, though, since it might be the first appearance of Cyclops’ son in a movie.
One thing that annoyed me is the fact that the X-Men were trying to recruit Deadpool when in fact, the converse is true. In the comic books, Deadpool has been dying to join them but Professor Charles Xavier’s team deems the anti-hero unfit for their group. He eventually gets included in a team with Cable, Psylocke, Archangel, and Domino much later on.
Anyway, let’s go through the story. Relax, it won’t take long because there’s really not much to tell. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces soldier who gets diagnosed with cancer. Shortly after, he is contacted by a mysterious organization that promises not only to cure him but give him superhuman abilities. Wade is reluctant at first but decides to give it a try because he is worried about what will happen to his fiancee, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), when he eventually dies of the disease. As expected, the treatment is more than what he bargained for. Although he mutates and gains a healing factor, his appearance becomes disfigured. Actually, his cancer won’t go away because it progresses as fast as it is being healed. Ajax (Ed Skrein), the one who did the experiment on Wade, told him that only he can bring back his good looks. He escapes after Wade starts a fire in the facility thinking that his patient died.
Wade looks for Vanessa but doesn’t want to reveal his new self. Instead, he hunts down Francis, Ajax’s real name, as Deadpool and bumps into Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) from the X-Men. Due to the distraction, his nemesis was able to get away yet again, tracks down Vanessa, and kidnaps her from the strip club where she is working. Desperate to recover everything he has lost, Deadpool asks help from the Xavier Institute for Gifted Individuals and proceeds to battle Ajax, Angel Dust (Gina Carano), and their henchmen at a crashed helicarrier. Of course, our heroes win and Wade finally reunites with Vanessa. The End.
Pretty generic, don’t you think? That’s really all there is to it with Deadpool. You don’t watch it for the story but for the action and humour. If Guardians of the Galaxy was your space opera and Ant-Man your heist film, then Deadpool is the kind of comedy you won’t expect kids to watch. Well, not all superheroes are created equal. But, as Wade put it as the film ended, ‘You don’t need to be a superhero to get the girl. You just need the right girl to bring out the hero in you.’