By Olabisi Kovabel
Looks like Ryan Reynolds has made a comeback as everyone’s loveable, funny guy, even though he’s never really left us. Having been categorized under “love him, hate him” the past few years, taking a wrong turn into crapsville (e.g. “R.I.P.D.,” “Green Lantern”). The cool thing about Reynolds is that he’ll continue taking on the onslaught of disses, but will also dish out his own; e.g. “Looks ARE everything! You think Ryan Reynolds got this far on a superior acting method?”
“Deadpool” opens up to the present, which finds our anti-hero in the middle of the highway. Then, helping the audience piece together how Wade Wilson became Deadpool: meeting his stripper girlfriend, Vanessa Carlysle/Copycat, played by Morena Baccarin (Gotham), finding out about the cancer that riddled his body, getting recruited into a secret experiment, and ultimately becoming Deadpool. All of this is told in three flashbacks – that seem to appear back to back -within forty-five minutes of the movie. A little overwhelming, when two of the three were pointless.
After Wilson gets his diagnosis, a man – “The Recruiter” – approaches him about curing his cancer, and giving him “abilities most men would dream of.” I know he wasn’t the villain of the movie, but his face was hella creepy, like a scummy boss, held qualities similar similar to “The Purge,” or like Wilson quipped, Jared Fogle, and if he wasn’t given just the recruiter role, with more development to his character, a cool henchman. Which brings me to Ajax – aka Francis Freeman – played by Ed Skrein. From the commercials, I was led to believe there would be scenes of him trying to pursue Wilson’s girl romantically, comfort her in her time of grief, and fall in love, but that never happened. And there wasn’t much to his character; just a dude who can’t feel pain, and has no personality.
Despite the R-rating, “Deadpool” needed more violence. Now, there was lots of swearing, blood, breaking of bones, language laced with sexual innuendos and genitals, and slight nudity. The movie only consisted of two action sequences, not even counting the mini fight in the film’s longest flashback. I understand this being the introduction to the character, but there was all this hype around “Deadpool” for its rating. It’s slightly misleading, when all we’re really getting is humor, which Reynolds excels at.
If you can look over the sappy music that played when Wilson and Carlysle were on screen (which may or may not have been done on purpose), the back to back flashbacks, and lack of violence, “Deadpool” was entertaining to watch. I’d love to see more sarcasm from Negasonic Teenage Warhead, more aloofness from Dopinder (not sure how they’d fit his cameo in), more DMX/rap music, and of course, more fourth wall breakage. “Deadpool 2” will hopefully have more violence, and will bring back the sarcasm. Its Tomatometer is 84%, with average rating of 6.9/10, and 91% Audience Score, with average rating of 4.4/5. For “Deadpool” to have a better score than “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (which is at a whopping low 27%, with an average rating of 4.9/10) speaks volumes about people’s expectations on superhero flicks.