Deadpool (2016)

casey Deadpool: It’s Freakazoid with boobs, blood, and swears.

brooke That’s surprisingly accurate.
We could just leave it at that and walk away, but I really enjoyed it so we should probably have a little more discussion than just that

casey To be honest, I didn’t think it was nearly as funny as Guardians of the Galaxy or Ant-Man. I guess that’s apples-to-oranges, because in the fractured Marvel Cinematic Universe, Deadpool, like the X-Men, is owned by Fox, and exists separately from the Disney juggernaut.
Anyway, to sum up my opinion: Deadpool tried too hard.

brooke I disagree. I thought it was a hilarious, violent romp through the origin of Deadpool, everyone’s favorite antihero, and that it tried exactly as hard as the comics do.

casey People who love the Deadpool comics will probably like it. For the rest of us, here’s the scoop: the story alternates between the film’s present and various flashbacks that show how smart-ass mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) becomes Mr. Pool, a decidedly non-heroic super powered vigilante with a badly scarred body and rapid healing powers similar to Wolverine. It becomes a pretty standard revenge quest of mad scientist vs his creation, with Morena Baccarin as a love interest and a couple of B-list X-Men to round everything out.
Deadpool’s primary appeal, however, is not the story or even the characters, but its  fire gags and fourth wall breaking. Whether you like those will determine whether you like the movie.

brooke I loved the jokes. It was exactly what a Deadpool movie should be. Everything translated surprisingly well to the big screen, from the random pop culture references to the classic red suit.
I also didn’t expect to be as drawn into the plot like I was.
There were flaws, but I think they were far outweighed by the movie’s levity and wit.
I also loved the opening credits. If you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into, you will within about 30 seconds.


casey I felt like its humor was constantly nudging me in the ribs, like “eh? eh? get it!?” It was so focused on the jokes that it often neglected actually being funny. The sex and gore felt juvenile, like the movie was made for young teenagers to sneak into.
I think that in writing I’m being more harsh than I felt watching it, though. In spite of the shit-eating grin the movie wears throughout, it is entertaining.

brooke I know what you mean about the sex and gore, but then again, there’s not that much sex, and the violence is, well… it’s Deadpool. Violence is kind of his schtick.

casey Maybe that’s the problem: it felt like schtick. Fundamentally, Deadpool is a gag character, and kind of obnoxious. Some of the jokes work, some don’t, but it feels like there are fundamental limitations the movie never overcomes.There are scenes where it tries to raise the emotional stakes, but they don’t feel earned.

brooke I’d say Deadpool is exactly what it’s supposed to be. Ever since X-Men Origins: Wolverine, fans have clamored for a real Deadpool movie with Ryan Reynolds because he is the perfect Wade Wilson. Now we got exactly what they were asking for.
I thought it did a good job not being just a silly movie about lopping off heads. Wade has just enough of a sense of justice to make him relatable: he’s crass but caring, and he’ll protect the people he cares about. Despite his mutant powers and killing abilities, Deadpool is more human than a lot of other superhero characters

casey It’s a faithful adaptation of Deadpool, I’ll grant you that. What did you think of the X-Men characters, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead?

brooke Colossus was boring. He didn’t do much, and we only get to see a fraction of his big fight scene.
Warhead was pretty entertaining though.

casey The X-Men crossover felt weird. Shared universes are all the rage these days, but tonally it never felt like Colossus belonged in the movie. I wanted to see more Warhead—her cutting sarcasm was a nice foil to Deadpool’s buffoonery—but alas, their interactions were brief.

brooke Yeah, Colossus didn’t need to be there, but Negasonic Teenage Warhead would have made a great sidekick.

casey So at the end of the day, if you want to see a faithful translation of comic book Deadpool, you’ll like this movie. If you just like violent, sweary action movies, you might like it too. If you’re less invested in Deadpool, your mileage may vary.

brooke Agreed. Also, don’t take your kid to this movie. Unless they’re a late teenager. Maybe.

casey They’ll sneak in to see it anyway. Do teenagers still sneak into movies?
Definitely don’t take your grandparents, though. This ain’t Clark Kent.


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