Though I’m an avid lover of all things superhero, even I must admit that the genre has become somewhat formulaic when adapted to film.
Due to the nature of Deadpool’s meta-fiction characteristics, I had high hopes that his feature film would redefine the comic book film genre and blaze a new trail. I wanted it to show me something I’ve never seen before, to provide a story unlike the typical comic book movie, and to completely ignore any established conventions.
More on that later …
I’m the first to admit that Deadpool is hilarious. It’s also violent, crude, profane, gratuitous – but somehow all in a lovable way. Living up to his “merc with a mouth” moniker, Deadpool is literally talking throughout the entire movie with joke after joke after joke.
While I’ve never followed the character closely, all indications suggest that they stayed true to the antihero, even down to his ability to talk directly to the audience and acknowledge that he’s part of a story. It’s honestly hard to see anyone other than Ryan Reynolds playing this role. He pulls off the physicality and the humor perfectly. In other words, this is the Deadpool we’ve wanted since he appeared in that other movie.
So while it’s true I liked it, I didn’t love it.
The simple fact is it didn’t break the mold liked I hoped it would. I won’t spoil the plot, but other than the constant jokes and some moments of “breaking the fourth wall,” this is a movie we’ve generally seen before.
And that’s okay.
Perhaps I placed too high of importance on Deadpool. I expected it to be more than it had any business being. It absolutely lived up to the character and stayed true to his nature. But I hoped it would be unlike anything else I’ve seen in a superhero movie, and in that case it disappointed me.
So, if you want Deadpool in the thick of crazy action, hilarious jokes, gratuitous violence, unapologetic nudity, and ceaseless profanity – this is the movie for you.
Just don’t take the kids.