Deadpool Makes It Big in an Anti-hero Love Story (Spoilers).
An anti-hero Origins love story…boy meets girl, boy loves girl, girl loves boy, boy leaves girl (for honourable reason), boy becomes anti-hero…
Deadpool | Official HD Trailer #1 | 2016, 20th Century Fox UK, http://www.youtube.com and photographs ©20th Century Fox
When darlin’ husband suggested going to see a Ryan Reynolds superhero movie, my first thought was one of horror as I remembered as he put it “the Ryan Reynolds head in CGI land movie”, the Green Lantern (2011). So after showing me a trailer of Deadpool (2016), where Ryan Reynolds plays a wise cracking, sarcastic – and lovable for these reasons alone – anti-hero with plenty of love for his pop culture references, his weaponry and for his girl, he convinced me this was a film I would enjoy. Watching it at the cinema, I knew from the opening titles, using apt amusing random descriptions rather than actors names examples including British Bad Guy, Hot Chick and Gratuitous Cameo and the title music, Angel Of The Morning – here sung by Juice Newton – lured me in and kept me transfixed for the entire film like a certain ever hopeful actor to the Oscars ceremony knowing if he’s got the award this time just before the closing of the night’s proceedings.
So what’s the film about, our anti-hero is found in a taxi hoping to be ready to meet up with the bad guy’s car and bike entourage. No reason is given why at this time. He bonds with the taxi driver Dopinder. Then with only a dozen bullets, his fists and a couple of swords he puts John Wick (2014) to shame disposing of bad guys – interspersed with plenty of wise cracks and pop culture references – as he searches for their leader, Francis. As you do. The screen then freezes as he and Francis come head to head. Deadpool then speaks to us, the audience, using the fourth wall, and tells us his story over the last two years leading up to this and reason for being who he is today…
Flashbackwards to two years ago, or as the film’s pitch put it for their Valentines Day release, the bit like a certain contrived romance writer but sexed up 9.5 weeks style – including lots of bared bottomed Ryan Reynolds for the girls – I’d say not as fit as Matt Damon’s CGI one in The Martian but certainly less wobbly than Chris Hemsworth’s in Rush (2013) – of the love story between Wade and Vanessa. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) works helping out young girls in need as a mercenary by tracking down their stalkers and abusive stepfathers and threatening them using a blend of wit and violence.
He goes to his local bar and there chats with his friend, Weasel (T.J. Miller) the barman and spots Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). There is an instant attraction for Wade and Vanessa, and they flirt, fall in love and have a bonk fest over the course of the next year as graphically illustrated with this themed montage. On Christmas Day, he proposes and she accepts. Sadly, he then collapses and is diagnosed with terminal cancer and Vanessa vows loyally to stay with him. Wilson does not want to put her through this pain and leaves. Back at the bar, he is approached by a mysterious recruiter (Jed Rees) who offers him a chance to be cured of his cancer which puts him in a quandary. After deciding to try this option, he leaves Vanessa to find out more. He is taken to a laboratory where he meets Ajax and Angel Dust..
This film, like Ant-man (2015) was co written by the actor involved, and in which Reynolds pokes fun at himself as a heart-throb and as a character in one of his previous movie. It is essential, that you have a good knowledge of films for this movie, for which I was able to explain some of the references! Films from Alien 3 (1992) to Notting Hill (1999) to Say Anything (1989) are alluded to. In addition, 1980s music from this era is used in the soundtrack, and as the music was pure Realweegiemidget guilty pleasures from that time from and including the title track of which I remembered Karen Carpenter cover, it was hard for me not to sing along and probably hard for my husband who has always mocked my musical taste. He’s not the only one as a friend commented I had a CD collection like his mother. However this friend found it even more amusing when then three dates into our relationship future darlin’ husband commented it was his grandmother’s taste. And that’s even before he saw my tape collection – both audio and video!
Anyway back to the movie, Reynolds was made for both this movie and this character as Nicholson was for the Joker in Batman (1989), Leonardo DiCaprio as the lead role of The Great Gatsby (2013) and Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched in One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest (1975). I can understand why Reynolds is still 100% superexcited about the film as this is his movie, his delivery and his acting that makes him better than any superhero to date, even Loki was never this sarcastic. This film has best role he’s done to date and having seen him in a few dodgy romantic comedies I’d personally advise him – like I would to Matthew McConaughey – to step away from anything your agent begs you to do in this genre for one more shot.
Baccarin as the sassy and feisty doe eyed girlfriend reminded me of a more voluptuous Teri Hatcher. As British bad guy, Francis, Ed Skrein was a OTT British bad guy giving his fellow Brit, Jason Statham a run for his money. The script was one that had more references to pop culture now and then than your average Family Guy episode and yes, Ryan Reynolds, you are now officially pardoned for your rom com and Green Lantern’s forthwith, as we forgave Bill Murray for Garfield (2004) in Zombieland. But still have to forgive for the Charlie’s Angels films.
Weeper Rating: 😦 😦 😦😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 /10
Handsqueeze Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂🙂 /10
Bonus Trailer: Yes, Lego
Lego Deadpool 2016 Trailer, Tpd_1 Productions, http://www.youtube.com