I don’t actually think that I’ve ever seen a Ryan Reynolds movie before; I think that the only thing that I ever saw him in was in that episode of “Family Guy”, which he was awesome in by the way. In addition, I also didn’t see “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, due to the awful reviews, so I wasn’t exactly over familiar with Deadpool’s character. That’s that out of the way.
Anyway, Ryan Reynolds is great in this; he clearly has a ball playing the pivotal “Merc with the Mouth” and he is certainly amusing to watch. In addition, Morena Baccarin, who I was already an admirer of, given her wonderful performance in “Gotham”, was also awesome; there was always the danger of her character simply being “the tart with the heart” but here, she is a worthy romantic interest. Finally, Ed Skerin made for a suitably tough, sinister antagonist even though I was soooo sure that he was Nicholas Hoult. Seriously, look at images of the two of them, tell me I’m crazy.
The music in this film is also great (shoop!) and the fight scenes are wonderfully bloody and well executed. The Wade/Vanessa sex montage was clever and funny and the 12 bullet shootout was…well, clever and funny as well.
However, this film didn’t quite live up to expectations for me. The jokes are definitely more miss than hit and the outrageous crude humour was perhaps used a bit too much; the opening few minutes made me worry that this was going to be a kind of a “Scary Movie”/”Meet the Spartans”, Wayans family type thing, though this was certainly not the case. Plus, the opening credit joke definitely fell flat.
Also, the whole Collosus/Negasonic Teenage Warhead element was disappointing and seeing those two characters seemingly being the only residents of Xavier’s mansion was very off-putting. Making a joke about it, saying that they didn’t have enough money to include anyone else kind of helped, but surely they could have found a way around it in the first place.
And finally, this is definitely a film where the stakes are low and because of this, not an awful lot actually happens. This film serves as an origin story, alternating between fight scenes and emotional backstory. When you look at it objectively though, there isn’t too much going on here.
So all in all, not a bad movie by far; Ryan Reynolds and Morena Baccarin are both awesome and the film has great music and fight scenes; though a great number of jokes fall flat and certain parts are a bit rocky.