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BY JASON FITZSIMMONS
It is a new dawn for the comic book film genre with the release of Tim Miller’s “Deadpool.” Ryan Reynolds stars as the titular hero Wade Wilson, a merc turned mutant on a quest for revenge against the notorious Weapon X program. On his journey to settle his vendetta, Deadpool kicks ass, takes names, and makes bad jokes – which are all a delight. By the end of this origin, Deadpool has taken his place in the Marvel pantheon.
In regards to the cinematography of the film, it delivers on an exceptional precedent. The particular delights are the action sequences with slow motion and montages that showcase the scenes. At the same, the high energy action is intensified with quick cuts of Deadpool dispatching “the bad guys.” Another technical element the film uses well is the music, with various tracks that are appropriate (as well as hilarious) in the scenes they are incorporated in. The story is standard fare when it comes to an origin story, showing how the hero gets their powers and what they choose to do with them. However, unlike most films in the genre, the origin is fleshed out but not excessively focused on. When the film had run its course it was refreshing to see a story that was not entirely sequel baiting – like most comic book films – and was a narrative that stands on its own.
With all the technical and story elements aside, the real highlight of the film is Deadpool. Reynolds triumphantly captures the quintessence of the character. A character who if he were a side character in another film (such as the perverse rendition of the character in the rotting carcass of a film that was “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) would be mostly seen as a tragic character. However, with the film being Reynolds’s vehicle, he plays down Wade Wilson’s depressing predicament with humor and pop culture references. Reynolds goes for the silly antics and crazed humor of every situation that arises, and in doing so he masterfully captures what people love about the character.
Although Deadpool steals the show for the most part, the supporting cast is exceptional. The X-men, Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) make an appearance with both contributing their superpowers to the great action in the film and hilarious comedic banter (particularly the innocent Colossus). Other notable members of the cast include Deadpool’s friend Weasel (T.J. Miller) and his curmudgeon, elderly roommate, Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) who both add humor to the film. Several characters in the supporting cast are not up to par. This includes the main villain Ajax (Ed Skrein) who is no match for the Merc with a Mouth and is consistently bested by our hero in the action as well as conversation. The other being Deadpool’s love interest Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). Deadpool’s romance with her essentially equates to: Deadpool is crazy, and she’s crazy, so they’re in love. Although, this is only one of many drives for Deadpool in the film it would have benefited to film to develop their romance more. This is only a minor gripe as the main reason anyone should have to go see the film is to see Deadpool. If you went for that reason, you got it and then some.