I’ll try my damnedest to not give away any spoilers because the movie is brand new and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. I’ve been chatting up the reviews we’ve all put together here and there’s a chance some people might actually read what we’ve written. Well, that’s not totally honest. There’s always a chance people will read and I don’t actually care if things I write ruin films for people. The reality is I tend to only spoil movies that I think are awful. Great movies should be enjoyed with little to no information provided beforehand. Shitty movies should have all the twists and turns revealed so that a person can revel in just how awful they are. This is my mentality and I’m sticking to it.
I’ll write a bit about my take on Deadpool rather than do a full review. This is what I believe will be the first “gritty” foray into mainstream comic media. Kick-Ass and its Nicolas Cage-less sequel came out a few years ago, Sin City and its as-shitty-as-the-first-one sequel also exist. These movies have some glorified violence and a definite comic feel going for them. However, if you ask a person to name comic books, neither will be on the list. With the meteoric rise to fame, Deadpool might very well make it. I don’t know where the surge in popularity came from. I personally remember my first encounter with Deadpool being in the Marvel Trading Card Series. In Series 1, there he was. I won’t lie and suggest I was enamoured right away. I mean, Captain America was the #1 card and he’s such a badass. I’m getting sidetracked here. I’ve known about Deadpool for some 25 years now and have been fortunate enough to read all the comics of his and any he’s been associated with. I’m not a fanboy in that I wear Deadpool t-shirts and have his logo tattooed on my left ass-cheek, but I certainly appreciate the character.
The making of a Deadpool film has had its challenges, so I’ve read. Plagued by lack of funding, the awful rendition of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and no initial support from the studio all kept this film in limbo. What studio would want to get behind an anti-hero that kills people and wants to bang Death? Sorry, bang is crass. I mean to write “passionately skull-fuck”. If I recall correctly, a little over two years ago some test footage that the studio had commissioned leaked online and it was all downhill from there. The fans went nuts. Hell, I went nuts. It was comic gold. The movie got the green light shortly after that and we fast forward to today.
Deadpool is a good movie. I can safely suggest that it is by far the best film outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When you’re up against three shitty X-Men movies, three shitty Spider-Man movies, three shitty Fantastic Four movies, and probably more I’m forgetting, it’s not hard to award this title. I think the closest contender is Days Of Future Past, a pretty great X-Men film. If it were held up against the MCU, I’d put it in the same category as Guardians Of The Galaxy. It is eclectic and a bit off-the-wall. It breaks the usual formula that’s been blasting the MCU to the top of the box office for almost a decade but does so really well. Unfortunately, I was a bit let down. This was to be expected, however. In reading Deadpool comics, I know what the Merc With A Mouth is capable of. The movie encroaches on that territory and circles it, but never really gets into the nitty-gritty of it. This is understandable because as I said, it’s the first of the “gritty” Marvel films. Hell, it got an “R” rating which is unheard of. Anyways, I knew it couldn’t just jump into it and therein lies the rub. The “origin” aspect of the film held the rest of it back. It’s unsurprising that at least some of the movie would explain how Deadpool became the anti-hero a few of us know and love but it felt like the pacing of the movie changed almost entirely when it cut to another flashback scene. I expected this going in so my expectations were met in this regard. I was secretly hoping it would really go for it instead of playing it safe (in relation to the comics). Ah well, now that the fluff is out of the way we should be able to expect an amazing sequel. Here’s hoping!