Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapičić, Leslie Uggams
Written By: Rhett Reese,Paul Wernick
Directed By: Tim Miller
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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Deadpool is one of the best comic book movies I’ve seen; not to mention it’s also one of the funniest! Ryan Reynolds is beyond perfect as Deadpool and you’ll immediately want to see a sequel after watching this.
The movie is based off the Marvel comic book Deadpool, the Merc with the mouth Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds). He’s a former special forces op who meets an escort Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). They realize they are both a certain kind of crazy and perfect for each other. They fall in love and things are going well, until they get bad news. Wade finds out he has terminal cancer and they are heartbroken. While at his best friend Weasel’s (T.J. Miller) bar, he gets an offer to try a special treatment to get rid of cancer. He reluctantly leaves Vanessa and takes up the offer but soon regrets it. He’s experimented & tortured on by Ajax/Francis (Ed Skrein) and Angel Dust (Gina Carano), who Wade hates immediately. The treatment and torture disfigures him but cures his cancer. He develops regeneration in that it will take a lot to kill him. He escapes the program and goes searching for Francis and Vanessa.
I never read the comics for Deadpool but as soon as I saw the trailer, I knew this movie was going to be good. I saw the shitshow that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine and what they did to Deadpool in that one. I’m glad Ryan Reynolds and everybody that wanted this to be made got a second chance. They knocked this one out of the park! The R-rating, the tone of the movie, the special effects, the action, the jokes and of course Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. Everything worked and made this such a great comic book movie. Even the opening credits was hysterical! The soundtrack was fun as well including Junkie XL’s cool 80’s sounding score.
Reynolds was born to play this role. He’s always been a quick-talking jokester in other roles. Wolverine movie didn’t work out well (it sucked) and neither did Green Lantern, but glad he got another shot. You can tell Ryan took this role seriously when he was doing every commercial and other promotional thing to get to the word out. Hell, he was probably the one that leaked the test footage during Comic Con. Whoever did that, it worked and got people to notice that this movie needed to be made. He went beyond the call of duty for the role and it shows.
Besides Ryan Reynolds, the rest of the cast were good. I’ve loved Morena Baccarin since Firefly so glad to see her in this. Morena and Ryan had great chemistry together. Ed Skrein was decent, it’s just hard to hear him sometimes. T.J. Miller was perfect as Weasel and having him and Ryan play off each other was hilarious. It was cool to see Colossus finally done right in a movie, despite not being a X-Men movie per say. I wish there were more X-Men besides him and Teenage Negasonic Warhead. Deadpool even makes fun of that fact in the movie. Perhaps Marvel and Fox will realize this was a cash cow and give them more budget to add characters. Even though they had a modest budget, everything looked great.
Since I didn’t really know the origin story of Deadpool, I didn’t know he got cancer in the comics/movie. After losing my Dad last year to that fucking awful disease, it really hit home with me. I didn’t cry while watching the movie (1 day out of 364 days then) but it was certainly unsettling to see. It just seems about everything I watch on TV or in theaters these days, it has something to do with cancer or death. It’s like when a girlfriend breaks up with you, and then you hear all these sad songs in the car. It’s just been everywhere! Looks like Deadpool is becoming the poster boy for cancer awareness on social media and I’m fine with that!
The special features for Deadpool are excellent and worth watching. Deleted/extended scenes were decent and show a little more of Wade Wilson before he was Deadpool, plus alternate takes as well. That was about 20 minutes long. The gag reel was hilarious and made me laugh out loud quite a lot, just like the movie. Having T.J. Miller and of course Ryan Reynolds, you’re going to have a lot of improvised lined on the set. There’s plenty of alternate versions of lines, and then there’s usual bloopers mixed in there as well. The featurette From Comics To Screen…Screen was very good and about an hour and 20 minutes long. They give you everything you’d expect from a behind the scenes documentary.
They show you plenty of stunt work, how the costumes were made, special effects, scoring the movie with Junkie XL, and lots more. You wouldn’t believe how many special effects shots went into the movie; things you wouldn’t think of like Deadpool’s eyes. WETA had to come in and just handle that part. Then 4 people portrayed Colossus. In the past, I’ve been very critical of movies with bad CGI like the old Spiderman movies. This movie isn’t the case because CGI has gotten so much better now, thanks to motion capturing. I didn’t even know some things were CGI until watching this featurette. Besides that stuff, there’s also some galleries, commentaries and various clips where Reynolds is portraying Deadpool in interviews and trailers. The classic scene where Deadpool smashes Mario Lopez with a set light is here, and I could watch that scene over and over. I’m happy Fox didn’t skim on the extras for this Blu-Ray because these were awesome.
Deadpool is everything I hoped it would be and more. I could watch this movie over and over. I probably will until the inevitable sequel is out.
– Deleted/Extended Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Director Tim Miller
– Gag Reel
– From Comics to Screen… to Screen
– Gallery (Concept Art, Costumes, Storyboards, Pre-vis, Stunt-vis)
– Deadpool’s Fun Sack
– Audio Commentary by Ryan Reynolds and Screenwriters Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick
– Audio Commentary by Director Tim Miller and Deadpool Co-Creator/Comics Artist Rob Liefeld
English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital Surround
Spanish Dolby Digital Surround
English DTS-HD MA 7.1
Widescreen 2.40:1 Color
Bottom Line: One of the best comic book movies and definitely a favorite of mine
Running Time: 108 mins