The first three movies reviewed this month represented the early start of the modern superhero genre, but I needed a good spot to review 'Deadpool' before the release of 'Deadpool 2', so here we are, jumping way ahead to 2016.
Now, going BACK to 2016, it just took one thing for us geeks to hear before we were foaming at the mouth like wild dogs in anticipation for this movie. And that was that it was a 'Deadpool' movie with an R-rating! All we could do was imagine all the possibilities, and it delivered on all fronts. Fourth-wall breaking aplenty, sure, but also sex, violence, foul language, suggestive moments, y'know, everything that makes Deadpool awesome was pretty much there. We needed that R-rated 'Deadpool' movie (especially after we saw whatever the hell that 'Mortal Kombat' Baraka thing was in 'Origins: Wolverine') and we GOT IT!
Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a mercenary for hire. After he meets the love of his life, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), life is looking better than ever. But, life gets in his way in the form of cancer in various vital parts of his body. When the end is near, desperate situations called for desperate measures. He agrees to an offer that will cure his cancer, but is lead into a torturous nightmare instead. However, in the process, Wade gains an incredible fast healing ability, and the ordeal leaves him deformed. After that, vengeance time!
So much of this movie is so brilliantly done! They make references to 'Origins Wolverine' and the fact that the whole thing was a mess. The opening credit sequence may be hands down the best opening credit sequence of all time. The dialogue will have you laughing out loud. But what is perhaps the most brilliant aspect of this movie is Colossus! The reason being that, if you pay attention, he's essentially playing the PG-13 rating that has been chasing this property down. I actually didn't think of that the first time seeing it, but it makes total sense.
This movie WILL go down in history as one of the most successful comic book adaptations of all time. It already holds the record for highest weekend box office earnings for an R-rated film, and currently stands at #26 on the all-time weekend list, which is NOTHING to sneeze at as an R-rated film. The next one on the list is at #60, and that was 'The Matrix Reloaded'.
But more than that, is that the studio ACTUALLY wised up and let the crew do what they wanted with the movie. Considering that AND the fact that it was an R-rated fourth-wall breaking character, the possibilities were endless, and the crew said "This one is for the fans!" and cranked out one of the greatest superhero adaptations of all time.
Newcomer Tim Miller directs, along with writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick ('Zombieland'), and they make a hell of a team here. The writers have returned for 'Deadpool 2', but the director has been switched up to David Leitch, who's known for movies like 'Atomic Blonde' and 'John Wick', but as a stunt guy. So I'm expecting more action than comedy for '2', but we'll see in a few more weeks.