Deadpool

Deadpool is here! This time, our favourite Merc with a Mouth does actually have a mouth and he uses it to great comedic effect. Is it a good movie? You bet your R-rated body parts it is!

You’ve seen the trailer where Deadpool attacks a motorcade full of bad guys and shoots them to bits and then slices some people to bits. Generally, a lot of massacring goes on. This is what happens as the very first thing in the movie. So with most of the fairly impressive trailer out of the way, there are great things to come.

But first, I have to admit a few things.

  • I don’t like Deadpool in the comics. More often than not, he’s cringe-worthy rather than funny and humour based on “Haha, it’s funny because I’ve heard of it” just isn’t that funny.
  • I don’t like comedy. I may or may not lack a sense of humour but movies geared at making me laugh deliberately just don’t do it for me.
  • This isn’t just a spoiler free review. At the end of it, you can win some exclusive Deadpool swag!
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Unfunny in the comics, Deadpool is between very funny and absolutely hysterical on screen. – © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Despite these things, I enjoyed Deadpool tremendously. Not only was it funny in all the right ways, it also gave the lead character more of a personality that isn’t just “That funny guy”. In fact, he openly admits to make the obnoxious jokes that he makes in order to mask his emotions. And just when that would hit home, he calls someone a Douchenozzle or something of similar creative magnitude and the little crack in the funny surface is gone and forgotten.

Romance…Yup.

By far the funniest thing about the movie is that Deadpool keeps insisting that this was a romantic love movie, even while he fights a guy wielding two fire axes who eventually stabs him in the head. That’s not the funny part about it, but the funny part is that Wade Wilson is actually right. If you remove all the action from the movie, you have a typical male romance story.

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Morena Baccarin’s character – Vanessa – is most likely called Vanessa Carlysle aka. Copycat. – © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Furthermore, there’s a brilliant bit where people openly acknowledge that Wade Wilson aka. Deadpool is a very annoying person. He constantly makes highly inappropriate jokes about some people, only to get a chuckle out of their reaction. He references obscure movies nobody’s ever seen. As a member of the audience, however, he’s a very funny character, complemented nicely by his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), who shares his sense of humour. The two of them in one room must be insufferable. But the two characters are obviously having a blast and the actors do have a strong rapport.

As a nice bit of trivia: During the time Deadpool goes out to kill people, Vanessa is wearing the coat that Wade wore earlier. It’s touches like these that make the movie feel like something that fits together and is consistent in itself.

Fourth Wall: Broken

One of the things that fans like the most about Deadpool is that he breaks the Fourth Wall. What is the Fourth Wall, you ask? I just broke it by addressing you, dear reader, directly.

The fourth wall is the imaginary “wall” at the front of the stage in a traditional three-walled box set in a proscenium theatre, through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play. –Source: Wikipedia

While it’s not a novel concept to break the Fourth Wall in movies, seeing as classics such as High Fidelity and Fight Club are famous for it, it’s always a bit of a risky thing, especially when doing it in a comedy. Basically, directors and writers have to halt the plot of the movie and bring it to a standstill in order to have a character tell the audience a joke. Risky at best, no?

I’m happy to report that Deadpool manages to break the Fourth Wall without losing steam or appeal and still be funny. In fact, the breaks in the movie are necessary, never feel tacked on and they greatly enhance the movie experience, despite the fact that the story is very flat. The main storyline is as basic as it gets and most of it can be heard in the trailer. Man is diagnosed with cancer, goes through with risky treatment, side-effects occur, bad guy kidnaps man’s love interest. That’s it. That’s as far as the movie goes and while it’s not a very original premise, it absolutely works. Deadpool proves once again that movies, be they comic book movies or not, do not need to have a complicated storyline or a complex story construct or surprising twists every five minutes to be greatly entertaining.

What Deadpool lacks in originality, it makes up for with characters that are – while being completely horrible people – strangely endearing, humour that is – while it would be absolutely inappropriate and insufferable in real life – funny and the non-linear way in which the story is told, just to spice the premise up a bit.

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Negasonic Teenage Warhead’s (Brianna Hildebrand) character is no longer a telepath, but generates force fields and force blasts. – © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

By now, you might be wondering why I’m not talking about how awesome the Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) of the X-Men are. That’s because they are awesome and everything, but they’re completely unremarkable on their own. They could never carry a movie as they’re inserted into the movie as a moral compass or the straight man to Deadpool’s antics and insanity. Sure, it’s cool to have the extra characters being Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, but they could have been anyone else, really. The only characters apart from the two leads and the main villain are interchangeable. If you gave Gina Carano’s character all the lines that Colossus has, the movie would not be a lot different.

All in all, Deadpool is big, stupid, funny and absolutely worth the price of a cinema ticket and a bag of popcorn. Seriously. You’ll have a great time. Deadpool hits Swiss cinemas on February 11th, 2016.

Here’s a trailer and after the trailer, there’s a chance for you to win exclusive Deadpool merch:

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To make a great time even greater, now that the review’s over, I can tell you that you can win some exclusive Deadpool Merch! All you have to do is answer one question and fill out the form below. Easy, right? But first, look at these prizes!

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About Dom

Possessing nigh-encyclopaedic knowledge when it comes to comic books and movies, Dom is one of the co-founders of the Uncanny Book-Club. He also enjoys movies, and going to the cinema.

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