108 minutes of pure unadulterated violence, sexual montages and fourth wall destroying monologues. Yes, this is Deadpool and he is Marvel’s new antihero…
Screencap from Deadpool. Credit: Fox Movies
Marvel’s Deadpool is not your average superhero film nor does it conform to the norms of general filmmaking. From the offset it strives to remind you of this with the inclusion of unconventional credits stating that it is written by ‘the real heroes here’ and is directed by ‘an overpaid tool’. And the slow motion action underlaying this launches you straight into the promised unadulterated violence which certainly starts the film with impact.
#Deadpool is *not* a movie to take your kids to, unless your kids are 21 and 17 like mine are. We enjoyed it. 😀
— Rick Riordan (@camphalfblood) February 15, 2016
As many have warned, it is ‘not a film to take your kids to’ and it certainly deserves its 15 rating given by the BBFC. When compared to past Marvel superhero films, the relentless swearing and adult themes sets Deadpool miles apart. Films such as Avengers Assemble for example, strive to maintain a family stance to incorporate a wider audience but Deadpool’s nature just does not allow for this. And the adaption of character from comic book to film is so apparent in the portrayal offered by Ryan Reynolds. His wit fuelled chatty nature is displayed throughout and adds volumes of comedic value which other hero flicks depressingly lack.
Set in the same hero universe as X-Men, you would expect a joining of arms with the beloved mutant heroes. In this fact, the film does not disappoint with (albeit) two new X-Men characters joining Pool in his misadventures. Stefan Kapicic as giant metal fleshed Colossus and Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead (try to) add a heroic balance to the antihero stance offered by the main protagonist. In some ways they manage to achieve this with Colossus offering speeches regarding taking the moral high ground and being the hero, yet oddly this kind of attitude feels foreign in the world of Deadpool. By the point of this speech you are so immersed into the immoral, foul mouthed, deadly attitude of Pool that you feel some kind of annoyance with Colossus. This isn’t a normal superhero film and these moral ‘do the right thing’ views are not truly welcomed.
In terms of opening weekend profit figures, Deadpool far surpasses the X-Men films of the same universe. This could be put down to the unconventional marketing campaign launched by the film makers or just the fact that Deadpool is so different. As the infographic below shows, not only does Deadpool surpass the X-Men films but has become one of the highest grossing Marvel films in an opening weekend.
It would have been expected that with a high age rating (which prevents a large portion of the young base from viewing) that the opening weekend figures would be low. Yet it seems that Deadpool’s awesome qualities and unconventional nature have carried him high above expectations.
Deadpool with an R rating is the highest grossing debut for an X-Men film. WHOA. #thankyou
— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) February 15, 2016
His fondness for breaking the fourth wall certainly adds a different feel to the film. His addressing of the audience at random and sometimes inappropriate moments (such as when he is turning a man “into a kebab”) makes you as the viewer, feel more in touch with his character. Whilst Deadpool is not a someone that you are meant to fall in love with, he is likeable even with his immoral, ‘cut-throat’ flaws.
The romantic elements incorporated into the film also differ from the Marvel predecessors. The romance is not what you would call conventional and the graphic sexual themes intertwined with it remind you this is Deadpool, not some chick flick released for Valentines Day. Morena Baccarin as Vanessa and the love of Wade Wilson’s life, presents a more slutty view of a heroes other half. The sexual montage used as a device to further the time in their relationship sticks to the films graphic nature and offers further comedic value. You find yourself rooting for their relationship and are distracted from the unusually high presence of romance in a superhero film.
In the behind the scenes interview below, Reynolds describes his character as a ‘Canadian mercenary with lead pipe cruelty’. Which as a summary, perfectly depicts the character.
Whilst the creation of the powers given to Wade Wilson are not too dissimilar to other heroes origins (Wolverine for instance), his choices there onwards set him apart. The decision to throw you into the already established story of Deadpool as an antihero from the beginning and then flashback to his origins leaves you feeling a bit ragged. But whilst it destroys the flow of the plot, the action keeps you interested from the offset and wanting more. The flashbacks concerning the creation of his suit are reminiscent of amateur heroes like those depicted in the film Kickass but strive to make you realise that superheroes are not created overnight.
Deadpool was badass and hilarious. I haven’t enjoyed a Superhero movie this much since The Dark Knight movies.
— Tyler (@I_AM_WILDCAT) February 15, 2016
A story filled with romance, cancer, genetic mutations, intense violence, relentless swearing, sexually promiscuous scenes and the smashing of fourth walls. Deadpool is like no other film you will see for a long time and certainly satisfies the more dark hearted Marvel fan.
Watch the trailer here:
Deadpool is in cinemas across the UK now.