Extremely meta, violent and hilarious from start-to-finish, ‘Deadpool’s first on-screen appearance is exactly what hardcore fans of the character would want from their favourite potty-mouthed anti-hero. Made on a lower-budget than the most superhero blockbusters, ‘Deadpool’ manages to avoid the problems that may come from this by having a ‘different’ kind of appeal.
With an original story mostly focused on ‘Deadpool’s origin story, with the wisecracking ex-mercenary volunteering for an experiment to save his life, only to soon become superpowered and immortal… but also very ugly. As the film then follows on to modern-day as he sets out to track down the man who ruined his good-looks, and execute his revenge.
Despite the narrative being very simple, the story is actually surprisingly effective. Giving the audience plenty of exciting action scenes, whilst still delivering a decent romantic sub-plot between ‘Deadpool’ and his girlfriend: ‘Venessa’, even giving the anti-hero a character-ark by the end of the run-time. Ryan Reynolds, who portrays the character of ‘Deadpool’ extremely well, also had a hand in the production process, being a producer on the film and having a big impact on the writing and story elements, and I definitely feel he is a big reason why the film works as well as it does, as it’s clear that Ryan works very well with director of the film: Tim Miller (Love, Death + Robots). The rest of the cast are also decent in their various roles.
The cinematography by Ken Seng is nothing spectacular, but it does have it’s moments. In a similar way to the editing, the cinematography can even be used for a little gag at various points within the film. The original score by Junkie XL (most known for his work on Mad Max: Fury Road and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice) really helps back up the exciting over-the-top tone of the film, combing a rock-like soundtrack with small almost dubstep like elements.
The film also delivers on plenty of the meta jokes fans would expect from this character. Having many references to Ryan Reynolds past career choices, other characters from the Marvel universe, and even past iterations of ‘Deadpool’ himself. Of course, due to the film’s smaller budget, the film can have some distractingly rough visuals. Having many scenes with tons of CGI action, along with explosions and gore effects. You can sometimes be taken out of the film through the overuse of these visual effects. However, on a more positive note, having a smaller budget than most superhero flicks is also often used for short gag by ‘Deadpool’ himself.
Of course, with a character as loud and over-the-top as ‘Deadpool’, it’s always possible that not everyone would find the character so likeable and funny. Sometimes the bombardment of humour can be overwhelming, and in large doses I could see ‘Deadpool’ being very irritating for some. This is really one of the only complaints I have with the film however, and after watching this film’s sequel: ‘Deadpool 2’. It’s fair to say I found myself missing the original, purely for it’s originality and structure.
In conclusion, ‘Deadpool’ delivers on what everyone would expect to see from a film like this. It’s not perfect of course, but the film is always very funny, gory, exciting and charming throughout. Not landing every joke, but making the audience burst into tears with every comedic line that does. A great comedy/comic book story and a solid 8/10, I really hope films like ‘Deadpool’ and ‘Logan’ keep being made in upcoming years. As with the oversaturated superhero genre we have today, it could really do with some more variety.