Title: Deadpool Director: Tim Miller Year: 2016 Run time: 1hr 48m
“Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who adopts the alter ego Deadpool after a rogue experiment leaves him with accelerated healing powers. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool goes after the man who nearly destroyed his life.”
1:53 – Well if the credits are anything to go by, we’re in for a self-aware treat! 5:15 – Oh, hey, it’s the British villain. Heh. 9:06 – Wow, smooshed against a road sign is epic and disgusting. 10:17 – Wonder where this film fits in the horror that is X-Men’s timeline. 17:53 – “Except we knock out the teeth and take the cash.” Oof, worst tooth fairies ever. 21:41 – They’re doing that “you think you had it bad” sketch. 33:06 – Arty or minimalistic business cards are so good. 35:40 – Liam Neeson nightmare. 38:40 – “That guy was already up there when I got here.” 39:38 – Random T-Rex shoutout! Ha! 40:09 – “McAvoy or Stewart? The timeline is so confusing.” You can’t say that IN THE FILM. Holy moly. 47:09 – “You are so relentlessly annoying.” 57:09 – Mutated Ryan looks like Ted Danson. 59:58 – Captain Deadpool. 1:02:28 – Death by Zamboni is brilliant. 1:08:57 – “Do you think Ryan Reynolds got this far on his own superior acting method?” WHAT! We’ve reached peak meta. 1:15:24 – ALL THE GUNS! 1:27:36 – That oxygen tank thing is evil. 1:42:46 – Love stick man Deadpool.
Given the promotion for this film, I knew what we were getting into but even so, the amount of self-awareness shown right from the start was incredible - and somewhat exhausting. It’s brilliant on so many levels, what with breaking the fourth wall, talking about the studio and their budgets, and referencing the actors that actually play the characters.
It’s an origin story, but it doesn’t just bore you with a linear “from childhood to superhero” narrative. Instead, it’s dipping back and forth in time, in and out of character, and dragging in just a couple of X-Men along the way. I did get a bit confused with the Wade Wilson we saw in that Wolverine film, but at this point you have to forget what’s gone before and just enjoy it for what it is.
And what it is, is a brilliant, crazy, exhausting, refreshing, incredibly fun ride, from the slow-motion start to the wide-angle shot at the end.