DEADPOOL Movie Review


Mary Parker Powell, Staff Writer

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, “DeadPool” tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds).  After he was subjected to a rogue experiment due to the unfortunate circumstances of being diagnosed with terminal cancer. This leaves him with accelerated healing powers, and adopts the alter ego “Deadpool”.

He meets Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarin) and his life is changed forever.

Wilson soon discovers that late-stage cancer has spread to his liver, lungs, prostate, and brain. Determined to prevent Vanessa from watching him wither away, Wilson agrees to undergo an experimental procedure – which he is told will cure his cancer by unlocking dormant mutant abilities.

Overseeing Wilson’s procedure are Ajax (Ed Skrein) and Angel Dust (Gina Carano), former patients now tasked with creating superhuman at any cost. After repeat failed attempts, Ajax resorts to measures that succeed in tapping into his patient’s latent superpowers but leaves Wilson disfigured by the process.

Fearful of what Vanessa might think of his appearance, Wilson focuses on finding Ajax, in the hopes of forcing the sociopath to restore his former good looks or, watch the malevolent villain die a slow, painful death.

In a time when Hollywood Studios are moving away from the predictable superhero origin stories, “Deadpool” writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese blend enough self-deprecating humor and violence to shield from standard origin movies.

Even with the crude humor and foul mouthed hero, “Deadpool” also surprisingly conveys an emotional story. That isn’t to say that drama trumps comedy and fight sequences, as “Deadpool” is exactly what the film’s trailers suggested, but casual viewers who are on the fence about Fox’s R-Rated antihero might be surprised by how much heart the rude and self-centered character manages to display.

“Deadpool” embraces its R-rating ,as both an opportunity to revel in the Marvel antihero’s profanity, and a way to make “Deadpool” different from crowded PG-13 comic book movies. Whether or not Hollywood (or even moviegoers) grasp “Deadpool,” the film is a rich and laugh-out-loud funny experience for fans.

It’s not for everyone, especially sensitive viewers expecting Marvel and Fox to play it safe (or kid’s under the age of 18).

Tim Miller conveyed a “Deadpool” transformation that, at least, introduces audiences to the real Merc with a Mouth – rather than the unrecognizable Merc without a Mouth from X-Men Origins: Wolverine.