To understand how this Deadpool movie came to exist, you have to understand the story of its troubled youth. Way before superhero movies were THE films of the year, way before Disney purchased Marvel and even before the first X-Men movie came out in 2000, which started this avalanche of awesome at the box office, Deadpool was supposed to get his own movie. The wisecracking, ultra-violent, 4th wall-breaking semi-superhero has been an acquired tasted among us comic book nerds since he first burst off the pages in an X-Men issue in 1991. For the past 16 years, this character has been kicked around from studio to studio but never once gaining traction. In 2004, Ryan Reynolds was cast and he fell in love with the character while studying him. He finally got to play him in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine but it was such a departure from the source material that it was considered a massive failure by everyone who took part in it. Never giving up on the project, test footage was "leaked" online as a way to whet appetites for a real Deadpool movie in 2014 and it worked cause here we are! It was worth the wait because what we have is pure, kick-ass on a plate.
Ryan Reynolds has long been a mancrush of mine because he's supernaturally good looking but has the down-to-earth charisma to make you forget about that. His "coolness" has gone up even higher because of his die hard commitment to Deadpool all these years. He is the main reason why this project never died and he should be commended for it. Marvel has never released an R-rated film and with good reason; R-rated films don't typically make as much money. However, in order to do a Deadpool movie justice, according to the fans of the comic, there would have to be copious amounts of violence, profanity and nudity. Shockingly, 20th Century Fox is ballsy enough to try it and if this film is a box office success, it may alter the ground rules for what is "allowed" in a superhero films and we may start to see more of them take this adult-oriented path. In short, Deadpool could be a game changer.
Since seeing the screening, I've already been texted by several friends asking if it's appropriate for kids. My response is always, "there's a reason why it has an R rating." I understand that there are lots of kids who love Captain America and Hulk but this is entirely not for them. I don't say this often but taking your kids to see Deadpool if they're under the age of 14 is irresponsible. It's violent. It's profane. It's sexy. It has Ryan Reynold's penis in it (and yes, that's apparently real). This is going to upset loads of dads who don't get to see it because they can't bring their kids but I don't care because this raunchy superhero film made just for adults is a perfect tribute to fans and a breath of fresh air for those sick of being teased by PG-13 ratings.
This movie doesn't fit into the Marvel Universe as far as The Avengers lexicon goes but it is connected with the X-Men films. It still remains to be seen if and how they would slide it into the X-Men franchise and that depends on how much money this makes. Believe it or not, Deadpool was made for very little money. It cost less than $60 million, which sounds like a lot but considering the average Iron Man movie costs $200 million, it's nothing. That modest budget becomes obvious at times when certain CGI images look fake but that's completely forgivable considering how fun the movie is.
There are some things about Deadpool that aren't very good. The worst thing in the film is generic British action star, Ed Skrein (The Transporter Refueled), as the villain Ajax. The part feels more like a henchman than a main baddie and it's played as one dimensionally as it's written. There are also some parts where the jokes don't land squarely on their feet and it drags a bit (there are really only two action sequences) but these are all dwarfed by the awesomeness of the whole of the film. Just know, again, that this isn't a film for your kids and I don't recommend giving into their whining when you tell them that this is for adults. You've been warned and I hope you heed it.