“Deadpool” is not just about a merc with a mouth, but is a movie with a mouth!

Deadpool1Yes, I know that Deadpool has been out for two weeks and that this review is a bit late in coming. Sadly, due to extenuating circumstances the TG Geeks were not able to see this movie in a preview or when it was actually released. Only now were we able to finally able to see it. Of course anything we have to say about this film would most likely be lost in all of the noise that currently surrounds it. In other words, we enjoyed it.

Deadpool is not the kind of movie that can easily be made. Even when looking back at other superhero films, regardless of the quality, whether it is good or bad, those projects at least had a premise that a studio could get behind and produce it. Trying to do a movie about Deadpool, and all of the outrageousness that surrounds him, is more difficult than trying to herd cats. How does one actually make a movie about the craziest anti-hero out there, and yet maintain a tone that best reflects that character? Well Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick clearly understood what was necessary because the only way you can have a movie about the most irreverent comic book character ever was by placing him the most irreverent comic book movie ever. In short, there was only one way to make this movie, and this was it!

Ryan Reynolds has proven that he has serious acting chops. Unfortunately he has seen only bad projects come his way. Even when cast in what looks like it should be a runaway hit with R.I.P.D. by having him work alongside Jeff Bridges, he ends up on the short end of the stick due to the movie not doing well in the box office. As for his role in Green Lantern (a movie which this geek actually liked), not only did Reynolds end up very low on the list of having a major role in future comic book movies (which are clearly still quite the rage), but also studios most likely viewed him as “leading man box office poison.” It is nothing short of a miracle that he was able to land the role of Wade Wilson, a role Reynolds was clearly born to play!

The supporting cast could easily be overshadowed by Reynolds’ performance. Morena Baccarin, a veteran in plenty of sci-fi genre programming (Firefly, V) knows how to step up the game to act opposite a force of nature that Reynolds is in this film. She was able to act without holding back, regardless of whatever tones those scenes had. She could match Reynolds’ performance in a manner that was both complimentary to what he brought, but never at the expense of going too far and coming off as clownish. No, that comedic role went to T.J. Miller. His role as Weasel was outright perfect, and if there was ever a character who could possibly steal every scene he was in, Miller was the one to do it. Luckily his on screen presence was perfectly balanced with that of Reynolds that allowed him to go even further with the part, but never to the point where Reynolds was overshadowed. However, if anyone could possibly undercut Miller and Reynolds combined, it would be the biggest surprise casting ever, that of Leslie Uggams as Blind Al. While she may have one of the smallest roles in the film, she played it with such a sarcastic dryness that fans will undoubtedly be hoping to see more of her in the sequel. It is also unknown if she was looking to give her long career a jump start, but it is clear that what she brought to the movie will be looked at by many in Hollywood. Her panache for dry comedy was clearly evident here.

One last tip of the hat must go to director Tim Miller. Given that this was his feature film directorial debut is what also helped to make the movie such a success. An established director would have tried to either make the film more commercially viable, or possibly more artistic. Neither of those scenarios would have done Deadpool any kind of justice. It needed a fresh mind that could think outside of the box in order to pull an achievement like this off.

For those people who wonder which Marvel Cinematic Universe this film would fit into (the formal MCU that Disney is crafting, or that of the 20th Century Fox X-Men franchise) would be hard to say. The nods to both are amazing, from the damaged helecarrier so famously used in The Avengers films, as well as the Charles Xavier School for the Gifted as seen in X-Men. Given that this movie is a Fox production the logical assumption would be it resides in the same universe as X-Men, but when it starts taking pot shots at that famous franchise (the “McAvoy or Stewart?” line was a scream), as well as taking shots at Ryan Reynolds the actor, all that can be said is that this movie exists in only one cinematic universe. “Deadpool universe, population… Deadpool!”
Did you like Deadpool? Was Ryan Reynolds the only choice to play the “merc with a mouth?” How about the rest of the cast?

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