Another year, another Marvel comic adaptation. This time, we’re back in the X-Men universe where the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool, gets his own movie.
Deadpool is the origin story of the titular antihero as Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) falls in love, finds out he has cancer, tries to get cured, gets mutated in the process, and then hunts down the son of a bitch who changed him forever.
Deadpool the comic book character is insane and aware of the fact that he is a fictional comic book character. That brand of humor translated well as Deadpool regularly broke the fourth wall. When Colossus tries dragging Deadpool back to Professor Xavier, Deadpool asks, “McAvoy or Stewart? I find these parallel universes so confusing.”
Deadpool’s story was about as straightforward a revenge story can be. With the upcoming release of X-Men: Apocalypse, it’s clear that Deadpool wasn’t Fox’s priority project. The February release date and Deadpool quipping about the studio not having enough money for more than two X-Men are indicative of that.
I have seen every X-Men movie except for X3 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (which incidentally enough was Deadpool’s first appearance in the franchise and it was so poorly received that this movie was more or less an apology), which are arguably the worst films in the franchise, but I will say Deadpool is the most fun I’ve had with the series in a while. The X-Men movies to me, particularly the first two, were very dark for comic book superhero movies, but Deadpool is the absolute funniest movie I have seen in a while.
While Fox was known to have stumbled with all three of their attempts at bringing the Fantastic Four to the screen, I’m happy that Deadpool was in general the most fun I’ve had at the movies in a while. If you really want to go out to the movies this February (and I’m assuming you’ve already seen Star Wars), then you can’t go wrong with Deadpool.