Deadpool is the first superhero movie of 2016 – which is being deemed as potentially the biggest year for comic book movies yet with 8 big movies of the genre coming out( Batman V Superman, Captain America: Civil War, X Men: Apocalypse, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Suicide Squad & finally Doctor Strange). Considering the impressive line-up here in my head I just thought that Deadpool to be good and let my expectations not sky-rocket after the more-than-awesome marketing campaign for the movie. Regardless, even if Deadpool was alright, it would be considered an achievement considering the character is a total unknown in pop-culture.
Deadpool is a fast-paced hilarious revenge drama starring Ryan Reynolds(Wade Wilson) as our titular superhero, Morena Baccarin(Vanessa) as the not-so-much-of-a-damsel-in-distress girlfriend, T.J. Miller(Weasel) as the not-much-of-a-friend friend and Ed Skrein (Ajax)as the main antagonist. Reynolds is used perfectly here as the fast talking mercenary and you get a flavor of the entire movie right from the opening credits. Deadpool is very unique in a lot of aspects, the biggest one being just how meta it is. Wilson talks repeatedly to the audience in snarky monologues which constitute the best elements in the film.
Another big change here is how the love interest is treated: Vanessa is not your typical damsel in distress but a very fitting partner to Wade and the screenplay makes it just fit perfectly. Miller’s Weasel is equal parts unlikeable & funny and his bar is equally a character a la the Continental in John Wick. The plot is eerily simple but the execution is terrific considering how often Deadpool continuously breaks the fourth wall and how Miller has used that to move the film forward is ingenious.
Additionally, a special shout-out to Karan Soni who plays the innocuous Dopinder, Deadpool’s ride for his missions. I can bet good money that he is coming back for sequel. Also, Brianna Hildebrand’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead is as badass as it sounds.
Finally, without delving into any spoilers I’d like to succinctly say: Deadpool is no masterpiece. Please don’t go in expecting the next Dark Knight but that definitely doesn’t limit the film in any way from being the meta phenomena it is touted as.