For over 11 years, Ryan Reynolds and his team have been working tirelessly to get Deadpool to the silver screen. After mass fan outcry when test footage leaked, Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds brought the foul-mouthed anti-hero to the screen. While the plot doesn’t deviate from good, the passion in the film makes it great.
“Deadpool” is the story of Wade Wilson, a mercenary who gets diagnosed with terminal cancer, shortly after he gets engaged to his girlfriend. In an attempt to save his life, he joins a secret program that gives him superhuman healing, but leaves him scarred all over his body. Deadpool then goes on a manhunt for the man who scarred his body, so he can return to normal and find his girlfriend.
“Deadpool” has been a passion project for Ryan Reynolds, and passionate is the best way to describe the film. While the plot is revolutionary, it isn’t dull as it loops between flashbacks. The humor isn’t always on point, but is delivered impressively by Reynolds, who was born for this role.
The rest of the cast also performs very well, with the rest of the ensemble making the movie flow when Reynolds isn’t filling up the screen with his frat boy humor. Morena Baccarin and Ed Skrein give two of the more powerful performances within the ensemble, as they were expertly cast. TJ Miller and the X-Men also filled their roles nicely and hopefully will make a larger return in the sequel.
The majority of the problems with the film had to do with the origin story that it was forced to tell. Hopefully, with the inevitable sequels, Deadpool and company will get a chance to shine, and fine tune the irreverent and at times childish humor, as well as have greater action sequences. For now, we’ll just let Ryan Reynolds gasp in his glory.