One Deadpool, Two Reviews

Deadpool has been released to a record-breaking opening weekend. We went to see it over the weekend (some of us twice), and here’s what we think – from both a fanboy’s perspective and a “normal” person’s view. Read on!

TL;DR

Deadpool Mini Review

If you’d rather read a review by someone who isn’t in love with Wade Wilson (but still kinda likes him a bit), check out Tom’s review here.

The Fanboy Review by Sean

Fox did it! They finally made the Deadpool film that the fans wanted, and it was awesome from start to finish!

As much as I’ve slated X-Men Origins: Wolverine in the past, one of the things it had right was the casting of Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson. That is, until they proceeded to sew his mouth shut. However, in the scenes before that, the character was spot on, and that great casting finally paid off in Deadpool’s latest big screen outing. Reynolds was absolutely perfect as the Merc With A Mouth. Just like Robert Downey Jr and Tony Stark, Ry-Rey is now Wade Wilson.

For me, one of the stand-out things about this film was that it perfectly captured the style and tone of the comics in a way that no other comicbook movie has managed. This was essentially a Deadpool comic on the big screen. It had everything. It was funny, sweary, sassy, and filled with plenty of good old fashioned violence.

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The film’s narrative is pretty much your standard superhero movie plot. Some guy obtains super abilities, he has a grudge to settle and a girl to save, culminating in a bit of super-powered fisticuffs at the end. Although the film ticks all of those boxes, it’s not afraid to laugh at itself for doing so. Deadpool has always been good at poking fun at clichés and comicbook tropes. Whether it’s Wade being confused over which actor is currently playing Professor X, or commenting on over-the-top superhero landings, the movie has captured that same comedic introspection. Another great example of this presents itself after the credits (you must know to stay until the end by now) in which Deadpool parodies a certain 1980s post-credits scene, essentially poking fun at the overused Ferris Beuller-esque ending to every superhero film since we first saw Nick Fury pop up at the end of Iron Man.

One of the best bits of praise for this film has to be the reception it has had from non-comicbook fans. The character has been well received by everyone, probably because it’s a refreshing change to the production line of straight-up superhero movies we’ve seen in recent years. Although I’m pleased that Deadpool has been a success, there is that little smug comicbook geek inside of me that doesn’t want to see this (relatively) cult character catapulted to Wolverine levels of popularity. I just hope that Fox don’t go overboard now that they’ve got a goldmine on their hands.

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That being said, this film has clearly been made for the fans; it’s an apology for Fox’s past mistakes. All comicbook movies have those little nods to the source material hidden away somewhere, but subtlety isn’t exactly Deadpool’s style. From his Bea Arthur vest, to his brief encounter with Hydra agent Bob, this film was filled with those moments that make fans of the comics want to jump up and shout “I UNDERSTOOD THAT REFERENCE!”.

Fortunately, I managed to contain myself.

P.S. Colossus was awesome too. I’m glad that after several movies he has finally remembered his heritage and started speaking in a Russian accent.

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Want a review from a non-fanboy? Head to page 2!

Author: Thomas Wood

Tom Wood is a graphic designer based in Bournemouth in the UK and also has a BA in something-or-other from that Arts University Bournemouth - but it doesn't really matter any more. With a passion for being a huge nerd and making pretty things, he decided to combine them somehow and tell everybody about it. That's what this whole deal is. Keep it creative, and live the geek life!

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