Telling The Real Stories

Rugged, sharp-tongued Deadpool breaks more than fourth wall

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The kids might want to stay home for Marvel’s latest release of Deadpool. But, for the of-age Marvel fans who haven’t made it out to the theaters yet, know that the sarcastic anti-hero did not disappoint.

Deadpool, played by Ryan Reynolds, came through with what was expected from fans, especially when it came to the breaking of the fourth wall and quick-witted insults, which start the moment the beginning credits roll on screen. In other words: don’t show up late.

Moving past the credits, you’re thrown right into the mix of chaos and dysfunction that makes up Wade Wilson’s life—Deadpool without the nice red suit. Before you know it, you’re looking over Deadpool’s shoulder. He’s sitting upright on the end of a highway bridge in a skyscraper city that’s getting its daily dose of insanity.

But, Deadpool is drawing a picture of himself. It’s his way of an introduction.

A slight fast forward, Deadpool creates a bad highway accident as he’s looking for the man that turned his life from bearable—given his equally dysfunctional girlfriend, played by Morena Baccarin—to living with an old blind lady who he met at the laundromat in a house that matches his personality. The man goes by Ajax, played by Ed Skrein, but Deadpool doesn’t let him forget that he’s sharing a name with dish soap and that his real name is Francis—which sounds better than Ajax.

Right off the bat, you witness how everything Deadpool touches seems to end up smashed, broken or destroyed. But, while he’s narrating you through his story, Wade Wilson stops the gun-slinging, person-skewing play by play to take you to the beginning. With quite a rocky background—that explains the red get-up and offset rational–he hangs out in the dive bar of all dive bars that serve folks with similar life experiences that brought them to the city’s scummy underground of hitmen, stalkers and worse.

Although, it was also in that dingy and dark bar that he met the woman he risked it all for, Vanessa. It is here where Wilson includes that the movie is actually a “love story” as he continues to narrate. A brief introduction at the bar, they shared their horrible life experiences with each other. Wilson realizes he’s not the only person in the conversation with a little crazy upstairs. The common ground brings them closer than expected, and quickly.

The movie chronicles Vanessa and Wilson’s relationship up to the point where they find out Wilson has terminal cancer. He doesn’t have long to live and knows it. She wants to fight it, but before Wilson’s convinced, he takes off after getting an offer only people who know they’re going to die would accept. He leaves in the middle of the night to officially accept the offer and arrives at a warehouse-turned-hospital that’s under-furnished and definitely not sanitary. Under the steel-framed warehouse, Wade Wilson turns into the super anti-hero Marvel fans become acquainted with.

However, his new powers of superhuman regeneration, healing and unbelievable agility are traded for his “butterface,” as he puts it. The good news: Wilson’s cancer is gone. The bad news: How could Vanessa stand to look at him now?

Overwhelmed with anger and spite, Wilson breaks out of his torture chamber with a bang, but Ajax–or Francis, preferred by Deadpool–stands in his way. The only thing is, Ajax’s superhuman strength puts an iron rod through Wilson, literally, then leaves him for dead after telling Wilson he’s the only one that could fix his face. Deadpool’s quick healing ability gives him the chance to fight another day. He then sets out to find Ajax, force him to fix his face and bring him to justice. Without spoiling the ending, Deadpool’s idea of justice differs from Captain America’s.

Ryan Reynolds might as well be Deadpool off camera, too. Time and time again, Reynolds proves to be a quick-witted anti-hero, only now he’s a bit more fashionable with the red leather suit and a sharp pair of skewers on his back.

The production of Deadpool fit the storyline and brought the non-Superman atmosphere to life with its self-criticisms of low-budget production, the need to twist a certain somebody’s arm to get the film deal, and more. The crude remarks are seemingly endless—which at points could use an end—but when you’re thinking of the star of the show, it’s entirely fitting, to say the least, especially for an origin story.

If they continue putting Deadpool in the limelight, Marvel needs to keep Reynolds or it simply won’t work. They could also diversify their angles a bit by including a few more superhero-type folks on camera. They did have a solid trio front and center for taking down Ajax, but they need to ramp it up and dig slightly deeper.

8/10

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