Hey this is Deadpool and this week timotheories is reviewing MY movie. It’s awesome, you’re gonna love the movie AND what he has to say!
Thanks for ruining the build up Deadpool, well we might as well get into it. You and your big mouth…
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Ed Skrein, Gina Carano, Karan Soni, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand
Director: Tim Miller
released on blu-ray May 10, 2016
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%, Audience Score 92%
The Guardian: ****/*****
Timothy Miller, also known as Tim Miller, is an American director and visual effects artist.
Deadpool is his first feature length film, but he has also helped with opening sequences for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Thor: The Dark World. He was also creative supervisor for Scott Pilgrim VS The World. So he has both violence and comic books understanding. He was also
A good mix if you’re going to direct a movie about the merc with a mouth. IMHO.
The story is kind of formulaic – guy meets girl, a problem happens that results in the guy making a difficult decision and isolating himself, the girl then gets captured, and finally the guy has to save the girl from bad guys.
But where it falls down on the plot premise, the incredibly awesome and often violent action sequences, performance by it’s lead in Ryan Reynolds, and meta humour are what separate it from so many other superhero movies that have come before.
Interestingly enough, Deadpool the character manages to be both the protagonist and the antagonist in his own story, and that is why it’s entertaining.
Some would say it doesn’t allow it’s villain Ajax, played by Ed Skrein, enough room to move around in, but I would argue that by keeping the premise simple, Reynolds is allowed to shine in his self-deprecation and fourth-wall breaking sequences that challenge his own movie roles, the X-Men universe, and movies themselves.
So there you have it, it’s a great film that is about a super-antihero and I think a worthwhile satire of the superhero genre.
But if you haven’t caught on yet, let’s dig into what makes Deadpool great and where it can use some work.
Pros: It is irreverent about the very thing that it is supposed to be. Which is what allows it to be entertaining and do a much better job of telling the anti-hero story than any of its predecessors. Also the supporting cast is fantastic. Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Dopinder in particular.
Cons: There are moments when you have to wonder if telling the superhero origin story is really necessary, because the cliches come on a little thick in moments of downtime.
Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes
Points of Interest: This movie had a smaller budget than any of the other X-Men movies and definitely smaller than the Marvel Studios produced films under Disney. The movie was released in February 2016, exactly 25 years after Deadpool first appeared in a comicbook.
This movie is right at home with previous fourth-wall breakers and anti-heroes in likes of Kick-Ass, Super, Defendor, and Mystery Men. But it takes the best of these worlds and adds that charm which only Wad Wilson can supply. Should you add this to your collection? Hell yeah.
Told you it was a great review! It’s like R-rated and timotheories were just meant to go together. Like handguns and katanas. Or Quips and spandex.
Thanks Deadpool… You stole the intro and the final comments.