By Billy Peck
The time has finally come. The year's very first film for the cinematic universe of comic books. Deadpool has arrived.
We are going to get right into my thoughts on the film. No fluff. We don't need to do this whole set up where I talk about Ryan Reynolds' other comic book films. Chances are you already know about those and if not here is a cheap plug. You can hear all about them here, here, and here. Most of all, this is spoiler free. I might give little hints at things but nothing that will ruin your excitement in seeing it first hand.
So finally after so many years we finally have the version of Deadpool on film that I would like to think everybody wanted. The crew involved in making this film obviously had a lot of care in putting out a very fun and mostly faithful adaptation.
Before the movie even started, I was treated to a preshow that was just way too much fun. Alamo Drafthouse really creates a fun atmosphere that makes you want to show up early. They truly care about film, the theater experience,m and just making sure you have a great time.
They showed The trailers for Blade Trinity, Green Lantern and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. They showed clips of Deadpool from the Ultimate Spiderman cartoon series. They showed fans at comic conventions having dance battles while dressed as Deadpool. Then they showed this crazy little gem made from Japan. Wow! Not only that but they had delicious chimi-fucking-changas and a menu that also doubled as a Deadpool mask.
Now, I have to admit that there were a couple portions of the movie where I felt just a tad bit of boredom. That all had to do with the origin story. It didn't suck and it definitely was done in a different way than any other comic book film, so it wasn't your typical backstory. It did at least show the importance of his friendships and relationships.
The opening credits scene was probably the most fun and unique one that I have ever seen and set an incredible tone for the movie.
From the trailers we knew that Colossus would be in the film but a lot of people were wondering just how connected to the X-Men, Deadpool would really be. All I will say about the connection is that it is just as much of an X-Men movie as any other from Fox. Maybe even more so than the Wolverine solo films. You can see how it is on your own.
So Colossus! Probably my favorite thing about this whole movie. He is incredibly fun to watch. His interactions with Deadpool are great and meaningful. He's not just thrown in to have a recognizable X-Men character. This says a lot because I was pretty bummed that the original actor would not be reprising his role. I'm just a sucker for seeing people be fully utilized. It worked out though and for the better... His relationship with Negasonic Teenage Warhead is fun as well.
Negasonic Teenage Warhead?! Yeah, I don't expect you to know who she is but I could totally see fans clamoring to find out more about her. Myself included. I just know the very basics of her and that she barely even exists in the comics… But she does have a cool name. Her role in the movie just sets up more great interactions with Deadpool, himself.
In fact, I doubt that they will do it but I wouldn't mind to see more Colossus/Negasonic Teenage Warhead adventures. Their dynamic is intriguing in itself.
I feel like I haven't said a lot about the character of Deadpool/Wade Wilson. That's just because there was more to the characters involved that really excited me. From the trailers, you pretty much get what you would expect. Ryan Reynolds plays the character to perfection and his crazy language, combat style and just in general outside of the box thinking is portrayed to the fullest.
I briefly mentioned earlier Deadpool's connection to the X-Men universe, which shouldn't come as a major surprise but seeing his witty way of making mention of other comic universes can't help but make myself and I'm sure others giddy.
So is this the greatest comic book ever made like a lot of people were anticipating? Not even close. But who cares? Why should it be? It is extremely fun, excellently made and hit all the beats it was meant to and then some.