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Movie Review: Deadpool (No Spoilers)

Updated on February 13, 2016

Spoiler Free

But then again, the trailers really don't hide a lot from you, but I digress.

Film poster for Deadpool
Film poster for Deadpool | Source

Initial Impressions

This is the Deadpool you were hoping to see (assuming you were looking forward to it). My wife and I went and saw it, we laughed, we enjoyed it, and were thoroughly entertained. Being slightly more conservative than the average viewer of Deadpool, we looked at each other and laughed during some of the more awkward parts but the film really didn't disappoint.

Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, the leading female
Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, the leading female | Source

The Plot and Synopsis

If you've seen the trailers, you really do understand the plot. Guy gets cancer, goes through experiment to become a superhero and beat it, only to have something go wrong. The person responsible eventually takes his girlfriend, and he has to fight to get her back.

To be fair, the plot is nothing but a vessel to give you all the filling inside. You get Ryan Reynold's spot-on impersonation of Deadpool (more on this later) and every other character he gets to bounce off of, including the audience itself. You come to this movie to see his performance and all the little superhero delights.

Casting and Performance

I'm not sure when was the last time I became so convinced that an actor was born for a role (perhaps, ironically, since Hugh Jackman as Wolverine). Before seeing this film, I became excited by the near constant advertising and enjoyed Reynold's Deadpool. After the film, I can't even think of another actor who would do a decent job portraying the character, let alone a comparable one. Reynold's sense of humor, timing, and body language is on point for a character quite unlike any other currently featured on the media.

The rest of the cast does a pretty superb job, if only because they interact with Reynolds more as props than characters. Aside from the love interest Vanessa (played by Firefly/Serenity's Morena Baccarin), you won't emotionally care for anyone and no character actually interacts with one another for longer than ten seconds. Now, I know that sounds more like a complaint, but the titular star of the film carries so much attention and breathes life wherever he goes that you won't care.

I will say, Brianna Hildebrand (as Negasonic Teenage Warhead) carries a lot of charisma with her comparatively small role as well, despite being a very typecast character. Also, special shout out to the character of Dopinder, although it was the script that made him funnier than his performance itself.

The villains were also okay, but you won't care much for them, nor will you remember much about them.

Negasonic Teenage Warhead (played by Brianna Hildebrand) and Deadpool
Negasonic Teenage Warhead (played by Brianna Hildebrand) and Deadpool | Source

The 'Uniqueness' of this Film

This film is about 3 parts comedy and 2 parts action. Even during the opening credits, you're bound to laugh. The action is intense and hard-hitting to the point of being comedic. The film is also largely satirical to superhero films, and especially to Reynold's career as a 'superhero' as well (performing in Blade 3, Green Lantern, Origins: Wolverine, etc). It's unlike other superhero films in a way, while being very familiar with a copy and paste plot (although, once again, you won't care about the plot once you've seen the film).

How unique is the film? Satirical action seems to be more on the rise lately with Deadpool more accurately capitalizing on it. The Kingsmen too features a lot of satire in a more action driven film, although it isn't nearly as loud as Deadpool is. Chances are, if you like the one you'll like the other (in my opinion, The Kingsmen was very, very good).

True to Its Source Material

This isn't like the Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine (in fact, there are jokes regarding the rest of Fox's X-Men universe as a whole). You will get a lot of the self-regenerating, acrobatic-crazy, gun-toting and sword wielding wisecracks that you hope for (all in the same vein of the limitless advertisements I couldn't get away from).

However, it doesn't all adapt from his true origin story (or stories) in the comics. Sure, there's a lot of comparisons (cancer causes pursuit of superhero cure, villain is Ajax, and so forth) but there's a lot of deviations. Normally, I'm not such a stickler for such things. However, a lot of the deviations seem to be more of 'safe' changes to resemble other superhero works better. These changes bother me more as I write this instead of when I actually watched the film, so take that as you will. I would talk about what exactly, but the title does say No Spoilers. I'm no diehard fan of the character, but others might have more of an issue.

Your SFW Deadpool Trailer

Rated R

The meat of this film is violence and jokes, more than a few of them highly crude and possibly offensive. While often I would get tired of this kind of delivery, Reynolds deliver most of them with a kind of irresistible charm. There's plenty of sexual references and two scenes of nudity (one involving a sex scene that's equal parts romantic and comedic, and another at a strip club).

I'll voice a little complaint here. While I get the violence and sexual references are most definitely integral to Deadpool's character, I'm not so sure about the nudity. You're welcome to disagree with me, but there's a lot of people I know who would have seen this film if it didn't feature as much skin as it does. While displaying Reynold's rear end from time to time is funny and not nearly as offensive, I can't say that the rest of it was really constructive to the film itself. It's just my opinion, and I honestly think Deadpool should remain a rated R flick due to its source material and style in that regard.

Angel Dust (played by Gina Carano of American Gladiator) and Ajax (played by Ed Skrien) overlooking Wade Wilson, pre-Deadpool.
Angel Dust (played by Gina Carano of American Gladiator) and Ajax (played by Ed Skrien) overlooking Wade Wilson, pre-Deadpool. | Source

Closing Thoughts

Deadpool was great! I got a bit tired of the advertising about a week before I saw the film but still enjoyed it, although I feel quite a bit of the trailers took away from the film's impact (it's not fun when only about 2/3rds of the film is comparatively new to what you've already seen). Still, Ryan Reynolds had Deadpool down pat and I'm excited to see a sequel. I hope the writers and directors take a bit more liberty with their source content and that the studio helps to fund the film a bit more (even if we lose a bit of the meta-commentary regarding Deadpool's financing).

It's a good film, not quite reaching up there to my favorites, but a good film nevertheless. You get exactly what you're expecting, and that's good.


  • Uncontested, Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool
  • Nearly every joke used was genuinely funny
  • Action is well done and performed on the level of a superhero film
  • Plot was a little stale and un-unique, but that's not as important as Reynolds and the jokes
  • Side characters are better with Deadpool around
  • Villains are lackluster
  • Don't bring your kids to see it, please.
  • Personally am excited about sequel

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