After teased potential of what could have been from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the Merc with the Mouth finally gets its cinematic due.
Wow! No disrespect to 2009’s Watchmen, but Deadpool really showed the movie industry and the audience the true potential of a mainstream rated-R super-hero film. Cast perfectly in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine as Wade Wilson, aka as Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds gave fans the performance in a role they knew he was born to play with the Merc with a Mouth.
Origin films can be a tricky proposition for directors and screenwriters, probably none more so than for Deadpool, with the numerous trailers highlighting (maybe a little too much) Wade Wilson’s alter ego in all its glory. That said, director TJ Miller, who also stars in the film as Wilson’s pal, Weasel, gets the movie right, from pacing, action to Deadpool’s fourth-wall breaking antics, plus his crazy inner monologue.
Deadpool does not hold back with its pop-culture references in music, items at Wade’s disposal and his ongoing ramblings, including asking doctors to do right by him when it comes to his super suit and irreverence towards everything Marvel and more. The audience realizes immediately what type of ride they are in for as the film opens up with a terrific slow-motion moment, coupled with probably the most unorthodox credits in film history. And, that’s just the beginning.
Morena Baccarin shines as Vanessa, Deadpool’s girl, and Ed Skrein and Gina Carano provide just the right amount of menace for the film’s antagonist to be worthy of their big screen appearances. Throw in a couple of X-Men, a terrific cameo from you know who and a really cool Easter Egg during the film’s climax and fans should walk out of the theater extremely satisfied.
Be warned now, not to leave before the credits end, as the post-credits scene throws a shout out to another successful talker from 1980s films, while teasing what could possibly be an awesome follow up for a sequel, which has reportedly already been greenlit.