What an unexpectedly hilarious film.
Deadpool was famously greenlit after its star Ryan Reynolds teamed up with director Tim Miller to film and leak some unfinished test footage. FOX then went on ahead and approved the film after the enthusiastic response that clip received. I’m thankful that the studio had faith in its potential because this is one IMMENSELY enjoyable adventure. The wisecracks and one-liners are so numerous, that I often found myself struggling to keep track. This is certainly the kind of movie you rewatch because it’s packed with little touches and gems just waiting to be discovered.
Interestingly enough, Deadpool has a pretty minuscule budget compared to most superhero blockbusters. In fact, director Tim Miller does wonders with $58 million (not a large sum) – crafting some highly-inventive set-pieces and skillfully blending together CGI and practical techniques for maximum effect. The action is not only gripping, it’s creative and fresh across the board.
Of course the reason the film works so well is Ryan Reynolds. He’s in every scene, and he’s absolutely delightful as the mercenary-turned-mutant. His glee and enthusiasm for the role pop off the screen, and that sense of fun pours out of every frame. Even during Deadpool‘s harshest moments (some of the torture is hard to watch), Reynolds is lovable and charismatic. It’s taken the actor a while to find the right vehicle, but this foul-mouthed superhero couldn’t be more fitting.
As for the rest of the cast, Ed Skrein is a suitable enough adversary in the form of Ajax, but it’s Gina Carano who steals the spotlight with her badass turn as the super-powered mutant Angel Dust. In terms of comic relief, both Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead) and Stefan Kapicic (Colossus) are excellent – hilariously bouncing off Ryan’s Wade Wilson at every turn. Finally there’s Morena Baccarin as the requiste love interest; thankfully she gets a few memorable moments (of both the kinky and action-y kind) that prevent her from being totally forgettable.
Weasel: You are haunting. You look like an avocado had sex with an older, more disgusting avocado.
Weasel: You look like Freddy Krueger face-fucked a topographical map of Utah.
Deadpool: Oh, I so pity the dude who pressures her into prom sex.
Deadpool: [to the audience] I know right? You’re probably thinking “Whose balls did I have to fondle to get my very own movie”? I can’t tell you his name, but it rhymes with ‘pullverine.’ And lemme tell you, he’s got a nice pair of smooth criminals down unda’.
Vanessa: I love you, Wade Wilson. We can fight this.
Wade: You’re right. Cancer’s only in my liver, lungs, prostate, and brain. All things I can live without.
Deadpool: Whatever they did to me made me totally indestructible… and completely unfuckable.
Deadpool: Wow, this is such a big house, but I only ever see the two of you here. It’s like the studio didn’t have enough money for any more X-Men.
Colossus: You gonna talk with professor Xavier.
Deadpool: McAvoy or Stewart? These timelines can get so confusing.
Deadpool: [farts] Hashtag driveby.
Deadpool: (after inhaling the smoke from his gun) Ahhhh. I’m touching myself tonight.
Blind Al: You know “love is blind”
Wade: No, you are blind.
Wade: I had another Liam Neeson nightmare. I kidnapped his daughter and he just wasn’t having it. They made three of those movies. At some point you have to wonder if he’s just a bad parent.
Deadpool: Finish fucking her the fuck up.
Colossus: Language please, Deadpool.
Deadpool: Oh, suck a cock.
Deadpool: Oh, hello there! I bet you’re wondering, why the red suit? Well, that’s so bad guys can’t see me bleed!
Deadpool: I don’t have time for your X-Men bullshit, Colossus! Besides, nobody’s getting hurt!
[a man falls off a overhead traffic sign]
Deadpool: That guy was up there before I got here.
Deadpool: (in the middle of a car crash) Shit, did I leave the stove on?
Deadpool: I’m gonna do to your face what Limp Bizkit did to music in the late 90s!
Deadpool: [Punches Colussus in the groin, breaking his hand] Ahhh! Your poor wife!
Deadpool: A fourth wall break inside a fourth wall break? That’s like, sixteen walls!
[Fires at Ajax multiple times and misses]
Deadpool: Bad Deadpool!
[Shoots another bad guy in the head]
Deadpool: Good Deadpool.
Deadpool: (at his small arm) I bet it feels huge in this.
Deadpool: [his head smashed into the back of driver’s seat] Oooh rich Corinthian leather.
Wade: I don’t want to go to Mexico for treatment. Do you know what the Spanish word is for cancer?
Wade: El cancer.
Weasel: Guy came in here looking for you. Real Grim Reaper-type. I don’t know. Might further the plot.
Wade: [to Vanessa] Your right leg is Thanksgiving and your left leg is Christmas. Can I come and visit you between the holidays?
Ajax: One thing that never survives this place is a sense of humor.
Wade: Oh, we’ll see about about that Posh Spice. Oh, come on. You’re gonna leave me all alone here with less angry Rosie O’Donnell?
Deadpool: [to Colossus] If I ever decide to become a crime-fighting shit swizzler, who rooms with a bunch of other little whiners at Neverland Mansion with some creepy, old, bald, Heaven’s Gate-looking motherfucker… on that day, I’ll send your shiny, happy ass a friend request!
Deadpool: [Ripping his underwear] Look away! LOOK AWAY CHILD!
Deadpool: [Shoving car’s cigarette lighter into goon’s mouth] I’ve never said this to anyone before, but don’t swallow!
A tremendously witty and wildly entertaining superhero romp. Just fantastic!