Deadpool. Where do I even start when talking about Deadpool? Where do I start when talking about potentially the most genuinely enjoyable film of the year?
Walking into the cinema to watch one of my favourite comic book characters on the big screen was nerve racking. I had already heard good reports but there was still the uncertainty after so many let downs in the comic book hero film genre. The initial butchering of the X-men, the atrocities that were the various Spiderman films and a disappointing Fantastic 4. You can imagine my trepidation.
Out of all the characters in both the DC and Marvel universes, Deadpool would have been the most heartbreaking to have seen done badly (I’m choosing to blot the version of Deadpool in one of the god knows how many Wolverine films out of my mind, it doesn’t exist, you can’t make me believe it exists). So to see the wisecracking, fourth wall breaking, red and black spandex wearing ball of energy brought to life so perfectly on the screen was utterly phenomenal.
As soon as the title credits started to appear, we knew we were in for a treat. I won’t spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it but that was definitely greatest set of title credits I have ever witnessed. We were given little reprieve to catch our breath before the movie started properly and had everyone in the cinema laughing at least a couple of times per minute. Superbly timed comedy flawlessly delivered, is probably the best phrase to describe the vast majority of the film. Even if virtually all the comedy was rooted in innuendo, it was spectacularly thought out innuendo.
Ryan Reynolds, clearly unhappy about his previous roles portraying comic book characters, puts out a stellar performance as Deadpool.
Literally peeling the character straight out of the comics and giving it flesh. There was nothing about his performance that I didn’t enjoy and it was the best possible outcome I could have hoped for. In fact, the casting for the entire film was absolutely spot on. Each character was perfectly portrayed and fantastically scripted with the combination of snappy dialogue and vivid characters mashing together to form a true masterpiece.
Each action sequence was flawlessly put together, keeping with the overblown exuberance required of a comic book film and throwing in plenty of amusing slapstick style instances to maintain the jovial nature of the movie. Stunning slow motion sequences and gratuitous violence and destruction. This film, this film has everything you could ever possibly want in an action movie.
My favourite overriding aspect of the film was how it really felt like the comic books had just been brought to the screen. Most superhero films miss something. Their essence is incomplete. Sometimes they get the characters right but the atmosphere is off or the characters are portrayed poorly or scripted badly. So many of them have never managed to fit all the pieces together, but Deadpool has achieved this. It is a film that has benefited extremely well from actually sticking to the comic book portrayal.
There was absolutely nothing about Deadpool that wasn’t delivered perfectly. It was a superb film with no flaws that I could see on the first viewing. I’m so incredibly happy with how this film turned out and I will probably remain excited about for the next couple of years. If you have any interest in comic book characters, action or comedy then Deadpool sits at the top of all three of those piles. Go see it.