Directed by Tim Miller
Deadpool somewhat claims to be an anti-hero, a superhero movie that isn’t like all the others. Yet for all its self-awareness, self-deprecation and constant shattering of the fourth wall, what we end up with is a rather conventional superhero film, with a bit of naughtiness thrown in for kicks.
Over-long origin story? Check. Really strong superheroes throwing around other really strong superheroes? Check. Mass destruction using CGI? Check and check!
I find it kinda funny that despite its intentions, this film plays out like any other superhero movie, not that I have seen many, but the ones I have seen were all the same. I went to see this because I thought it was different. It was ‘vulgar’. I did not see these qualities at all. Hell, Trainwreck was more vulgar than this movie and that was horrible. I don’t recall laughing after the opening credits, where the the film acknowledged that the writers do most of the work. I loved that, but that was where the love stopped.
The constant disregard for the fourth wall didn’t work for me at all, and actually got extremely grating towards the end. It isn’t easy to do it right, and this movie does it right for about 30 minutes, but just doesn’t know when to stop. This problem is helped though by Ryan Reynolds, who thoroughly owns this role from the opening scene. He is by far the best thing about the movie.
As much as I enjoy films that toy with different time-lines, the way it is executed here actually ruins the action. One moment he is skewering a bad guy with his swords, the next he is home with his girlfriend, with an over-long love sequence to really slow things down. The flashback to his origins happen more than once, which of course kills any momentum built up by the action set pieces, which are actually quite good.
These origin-story flashbacks are again are incredibly typical of the Marvel films that Deadpool is supposedly poking fun at. I am obviously missing the joke.
As for the humour, I suppose it is just me but I didn’t laugh much at all. Sure, it is different from the user-friendly humour that plagues other superhero films like death-rats, but being different doesn’t make it good. Dick jokes and sex jokes aren’t vulgar to me, they just seem immature. And the humour dies down as the common, everyday superhero story begins to take over during the final half. In fact, the last act was so incredibly clichéd I almost fell asleep.
No, I have only seen four or five superhero films and I didn’t really like any of them. This film is not bucking a trend; for all its ‘attitude’, Deadpool isn’t much different from any other superhero flick I have seen. It certainly is not nearly as subversive as it likes to think it is.