By Nolan Brey
Director: Tim Miller | Running Time: 108 min. | Rated: R | Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy | Notable Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller
Now, to begin, I am not at all a fan of superhero movies. I know next to nothing about Marvel, DC, comic books or anything of the sort. Therefore, this review is not through the lens of an enthusiast, it is through the lens of me, a layman with no knowledge whatsoever of these sorts of movies.
Watching Deadpool is a sublime cinematic experience, to say the least. Nowadays, there a lot of movies that are done in a very serious way, with a focus on cinematic artistry and brilliant storytelling. Movies that have come out recently, such as 12 Years A Slave or Interstellar, tell heart wrenching stories with a beautiful elegance. There is not a cliché or troupe to be found anywhere in the entire movie, and the viewer finds his or herself in the sort of totally immersed state that one might find in a good novel.
Deadpool is not one of these movies. If anything, it is the anthesis of modern cinema. Whereas other movies make you forget that you are watching a movie, Deadpool uses this fact to engage the moviegoer in a way that I have not seen done before.
Directed by Tim Miller and starring Ryan Reynolds and Monica Baccarin, the main character, Deadpool regularly breaks the fourth wall—meaning he talks directly to the audience—as you follow his journey from mercenary to revenge-hungry renegade. Along the way is a wonderful series of violence, nudity, and profanity. Any Quinten Tarantino fan should be enamored with Deadpool.
The movie manages to keep the audience engaged by reiterating over and over that they are watching a movie. The opening credits introduce you to director “some douchebag,” lead actor “the sexiest man alive,” and characters “British villain” and “Angsty teenager.” I’m sure that there are plenty other Easter eggs like this that might get missed the first time around, adding re-watch value.
My biggest criticism of Deadpool is that I don’t think that they will be able to pull it off again in the sequel. Even by the end of the movie, I found that some of the tropes were getting a bit old. The movie itself mentions making Deadpool into a franchise in a self-described “money grab,” but I don’t see how they are going to be able to do multiple movies without the jokes and character getting old. In my mind, I anticipate Deadpool 2 being more like Ghostbusters 2, which I found to be terrible, and not at all like the Godfather 2, which I found to be excellent.
However, overall, Deadpool is phenomenal. It is a unique, engaging and fun film that I highly recommend all to go see.