A review on Hollywood Marvel Comics feature length film, ‘Deadpool 1’ (2016). The Distributor is 20th Century Fox while it is Edited by Julian Clarke.
+ Production Houses
- Marvel Entertainment
- Kinberg Genre
- The Donners’ Company
- TSG Entertainment
- Directed by Tim Miller
- Cinematography by Ken Seng
- Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick
- Music by Tom Holkenborg
- Produced by Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds and Lauren Shuler Donner
Deadpool is created by Fabian Nicieza & Rob Liefeld. For the development of a Deadpool film starring Reynolds began in February 2004, before he went on to play the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009. Reese and Wernick were hired for a spin off in 2010, and worked with Reynolds to more faithfully adapt the character (including his fourth wall breaking) after the portrayal in Wolverine was criticized for not doing so. Miller was hired in 2011 for his directorial debut, and an enthusiastic response to leaked test footage he created with Reynolds led to a green-light from Fox in 2014.
The film achieved both financial and critical success. It earned over $783 million against a $58 million budget, breaking numerous records: it became the highest-grossing R-rated film, the highest-grossing X-Men film, and the ninth-highest-grossing 2016 film. Critics praised Reynolds’ performance, the film’s style and faithfulness to the comics, and its action sequences. Some detractors criticized the plot as formulaic as well as the sheer number of jokes in the film. It also received numerous awards and nominations, including two Critics’ Choice Awards and two Golden Globe nominations. A sequel, Deadpool 2, was released in May 2018.
+ Main Cast
- Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson / Deadpool
- Morena Baccarin as Vanessa
- Ed Skrein as Francis Freeman / Ajax
- J. Miller as Weasel
- Gina Carano as Angel Dust
- Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead
- Leslie Uggams portrays Blind Al
- Stefan Kapičić as Colossus (Voice)
- Karan Soni as Dopinder / Taxi Driver
Wade Wilson is a dishonorably discharged special forces operative working as a mercenary when he meets prostitute Vanessa. Soon they become romantically involved, and later she accepts his marriage proposal. However, Wilson is soon diagnosed with terminal cancer, and leaves her without warning. Afterwards, he starts hunting down the man who gave him mutant abilities along with severely disfiguring his body, during the experimental session Wilson had agreed to.
+ High Points
i – Deadpool has made its own market in front of the strong line-up of the existing successful franchise, X-Men with its spin-off. The critics and audience gave a very positive response to it and are anxiously waiting for its sequels to the cinemas. This is one role which Ryan Reynolds is born to play.
ii – The real flaw of the character is that although he is all too powerful for the villain to fight with, but the character himself is too careless and doesn’t take situation on hand seriously, which gives the upper hand for his enemies to make the first strike.
iii – Most of the people, including comic book fans are very pleased to see a R18 film to which the developers keep the film true to its theme of violence and sex-based jokes as its comics are written with.
iv – The story starts off with a comical but loving relationship between Wilson and Vanessa who meets her one night at a bar. The importance is given to their relationship to whether Vanessa would accept him back or not after becoming Deadpool.
v – The screenplay is engaging enough to pull the audience towards the film with interest.
vi – The characters such as Weasel and Vanessa are very well written. They give a strong support to the main lead.
vii – The film does have nice laughs, smiles here and there with several hidden jokes where most of the audience could not get them.
viii – There were many interesting references made on real life celebrities and some on super hero movies.
ix – Unlike comics, Ajax and Angel Dust are very different to what we are shown in the film. Nevertheless, they able to bring a strong conflict for the prankster, anti-hero, Deadpool to his knees. Well, not literally. As long as Wilson has not paid proper attention to how to deal with the antagonist till, he meets couple of X-Men characters.
+ Low Points
i – It was fun watching Ryan Reynolds in super hero lead role again but can’t say I enjoyed as much as crowd did. The crowd was laughing at every joke there were including the minor ones. Most of the jokes were sex based,
ii – There are scenes where it showed how Dead Pool came to be super hero. Those were high graphic gore ones. Really disgusting to watch even at R18.
iii – Although I am huge fan of comic book films but I find other far greater films of Marvel and some of the Fox studio than this.
I believe Deadpool sequels would have more potential on creative humor than this one had.
Rate: 3.25 out of 5 stars