Ryan Reynolds Kills it as Marvel’s Deadpool
By Lucia Rossi
Nothing says romance on Valentine’s Day than flowers, chocolates, and fully nude Ryan Reynolds in “Deadpool.”
The new Marvel film and installment in the X-Men film series, Deadpool, kicked ass and took names in more ways than one with its shockingly successful release.
It broke numerous box office records including the highest grossing R-rated comic book film of all time.
Fans generally agree that this low-budget $58 million film was a hit and Fox responded accordingly by giving the greenlight for a sequel.
Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, is an ex-special forces operative turned mercenary and is an anti-hero who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He unwittingly volunteered as a test-subject for the Weapon X project that granted him an unlimited superhuman healing factor and permanent ugliness.
He’s known as the “Merc with a Mouth,” because of his crazy, dirty, and yet witty sense of humor, debatable nature and constant breaking of the fourth wall.
This is his origin story and the plot was simple. He wants revenge on, Francis aka Ajax, played by Ed Skrein.
Ajax, who has superhuman strength as well as burnt nerve-endings so he can’t feel pain, who created Deadpool by torturing him. Wade also needs to save his love, Vanessa Carlysle, played by Morena Baccarin, with the help of X-Men, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who are trying to recruit him.
Let’s be honest, besides his baby, and that awesome bod, this is probably the greatest thing Ryan Reynold’s has ever created. He’s waited 11 years for this film, especially since the disappointing portrayal of Weapon XI in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” but we’ll pretend that never happened. The movie makers got it right this time and that’s all that matters.
Fans of the comic and the video game will hold their chimichangas and tacos up high in support of the film’s adaptation. The film centers on Deadpool’s origins, his personality, his antics, his potty-mouth, his most trusted friends, the love of his life, his pain, his comedy, and his amazing fighting skills. E, everything else was not as important.
This is what the fans begged for and came to see.
The critics however, did see a downside that seems legitimate. Although the humor is not for everyone, what can be argued is the lack of background on Ajax, Angel Dust, and the Weapon X project in general. Personally, this is the only thing that bothered me because great superhero movies should also have great villains.
It is understandable in the way where the movie isn’t about Ajax or Weapon X, it’s about Deadpool. So, it only makes sense to put all the focus on him and not put too much effort into the plot and backgrounds of other characters, especially with their tight budget.
The film did change the roles of certain comic book characters, like Vanessa Carlysle and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Vanessa in the comics is a mutant shape-shifter and prostitute called Copycat in the comics, while in the film she’s only a prostitute.
Negasonic Teenage Warhead in the comics had telepathic and precognitive powers but in the film had explosive atomic powers, which makes more sense for her name.
The way in which Ajax was able to activate Deadpool’s mutant powers was also different. In the film, Ajax tortured Wade using oxygen to push him into asphyxiation, but in the comics he cut out his heart which caused his regenerative powers to make a new one.
The film really excelled in Deadpool’s interactions and relationships with other characters. His number one bro in this film was Weasel, played by TJ Miller, who is an arms dealer and runs the mercenary bar that Wade gets jobs in. They show a relationship that many guys can relate to because they’re there for each other but also love to insult the other.
His relationship with Vanessa is also relatable because it seemed to be purely sexual but grew into a deep connection. They also had this inside joke between them of whose life is more messed up. (Spoiler alert, Wade won.)
Even his interactions with minor characters are special, like his cab driver Dopinder, who he pays with high-fives and love advice. There was a plot hole with what happened to him, so hopefully he makes a return in the sequel.
Deadpool makes references to other X-Men films, Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds’ to past films as Green Lantern and Weapon XI, and he also breaks the fourth wall quite frequently.
He even addresses the issue of the film makers not having a big enough budget; it’s just priceless.
Despite Deadpool’s cancerous scarred skin described in the comics as “Ryan Reynolds crossed with a Shar-Pei,” I was very excited to see his nude fight scene.
Yes it’s real, yes it’s his.
Now, if we could just get Deadpool in an Avengers movie where he breaks the fourth wall and makes fun of black widow for being his ex-wife that would be the sweet cherry on top.