We lived through the regrettable “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and had our first cinematic experience with Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool a.k.a The Merc With a Mouth. Now, after fan embraced leaked test footage for a real Deadpool movie, it has arrived, and just in time for Valentine’s Day.
“Deadpool” was never going to be the PG-13 rated fare we’ve come to expect of the comic book genre. And it was about time something came around to shake the genre up a bit.
When Wade Wilson is diagnosed with terminal cancer throughout his body, he takes a risk and signs up for a program that offers to cure him, and then some. It’s not until later that the extent of the program is made known to Wade, but by then Ajax has triggered a mutation in Wade, one that both disfigures him and gives him multiple powers that make him the perfect killing machine. With a lot of sass to go with it.
We are introduced to a new Colossus and a new mutant named Negasonic Teenage Warhead throughout the story, and they attempt to recruit Wade to the X-Men. When this fails, they end up helping him in his quest for revenge against Ajax and to help save Wade’s girlfriend.
What makes this movie work is by just how purely out of step with the other comic book movies it is. It’s full of nudity, language and lots of blood. A running gag for the latter part of the movie is about Wade’s regrowing hand, which results from the cringe-worthy experience of us watching his first cut his own hand off. It’s dark humor like this that makes Deadpool the movie the character deserved, and the healing balm that Ryan Reynolds and his fans needed to sooth the hurt of the previous screen iteration of the character, and Reynold’s appearance as Green Lantern. This is in no way a kid friendly superhero movie, and its exactly what fans of the character and the genre needed to assure them there is still some future for the genre that can deliver these characters accurately.