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Deadpool is probably the most awaited, over-marketed. and overhyped superhero movie of all time. I mean, Civil War does comes close, but it’s mostly thanks to all the rabid fans-slash-shipper out there. Deadpool, though, was hyped since the test footage was leaked back on 2014 because this is the kind of superhero (or, to be more appropriate, anti-hero) that has never been seen on the big screen before. And of course, there’s the relentless marketing team. So did Deadpool set the bar very high for himself? Absolutely. Did it delivered? Now that depends on where you’re standing.

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Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is an ex-special ops turned mercenary who got diagnosed with cancer. Determined to save his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) from having to watch him deteriorate, he agreed to be part of a rogue experiment by Ajax (Ed Skrein) in the off-chance that his cancer would be cured.

Then again, there’s a reason why the experiment is not government sanctioned….

 

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To be very very fair, my hype for Deadpool had turned into worry and anxiety sometimes around last month. Why? Because the marketing is simply far too much and it created expectation that is almost impossible to fulfill. Which is why it’s a goddamned miracle how Deadpool not only fulfill, but jump over that fucking bar of expectation. Because that movie was downright awesome. I mean, sure it could use a lot of improvement and some parts were simply awful, but you can’t deny that this movie had a bloody high laugh-per-minute rate. And, most importantly, it had the right attitude. This movie is Deadpool right to the very core, and you can feel it from the very first title sequence.

Speaking of, Deadpool had one of the most wonderful opening credits of all time. It’s not just visually pleasing, but also boost on-point characters introduction. More so because it made fun of itself and you know right there and then that is going to be a superhero movie unlike any other. Or at least on the surface. Because underneath all those bravado and self-deprecating jibe and fourth wall breaks, Deadpool actually is a typical superhero movie about redemption and saving a damsel in distress to win her heart back. It is a cliche that I would actually be alright with if: a) it was executed nicely, b) their relationship was convincing, and c) the female character is someone I’d actually want to see being saved. And Deadpool, sadly, fail on all account. There was nothing to support their “your crazy matches my crazy” (which, admittedly, is very sweet) claim aside from their game of “whose life is more fucked up”. You can’t expect to be granted that status just because you’re an unconventional couple made of a mercenary and a stripper-slash-hooker. Sure, I can be nice and say it was portrayed quite nicely, but again, there was no substance in it. We were shown only bits of their seemingly perfect life, where Vanessa was portrayed as this perfect girlfriend. And that, all the ups and perfection with no downs, made it hard to relate or to actually care for this couple.

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By that extension, most of the characters were perfect portrayal of their opening credit’s description: two dimensional and far too shallow. Aside from being Wade’s love interest, Vanessa was a born and bred two dimensional Hollywood’s sex object. Ajax was at best a third-tier villain who built a mutant factory and auctioned them to highest bidder purely for the evulz – and not the impressive kind like Joker’s. Weasel was there for comic relief and sometimes plot device, Colossus was a CGI character who existed to be the butt of the joke, while Negasonic Teenage Warhead was a character designed to be worshiped because FUCK IT SHE’S THAT COOL AND SASSY.

Anyway. Deadpool was the only “wholesome” character in that movie and ain’t that an irony considering how volatile he is? But that alone was enough to make this movie worth watching, because this is his movie in the truest sense. And we have Ryan Reynolds to thanks for that. He is Deadpool as much as Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man, which does make it a perfect redemption for him. But then again, the real heroes were Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick who managed to captured the essence of the merc with a mouth and translate it into a script that involved so much fun and pop culture reference you’d gladly forgive all this movie’s shortcomings. Aside from Ryan Reynolds though, only Karan Soni, Brianna Hildebrand, Gina Caranom, and Leslie Uggams caught my eyes. Soni’s Dopinder was an extremely welcomed breathe of fresh air and I adore his chemistry with Deadpool. Gina Carano’s Angel Dust is imposing and she backed it up with the right attitude. Leslie Uggams’ Blind Al is a sassy old lady who you wish you could be housemate with. While there really is nothing more to say about Negasonic Teenage Warhead aside from how very glad I am to be able to see her on the silver screen.

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All in all, Deadpool was not a “superhero movie breakthrough”, nor did it “brought superhero movie genres back to life”. But it is a movie who knew exactly what it wanted to be, conveyed it with a sniper’s accuracy, and it had the right attitude to back itself up right until its after credit scenes. This is a movie filled with innuendo, self-deprecating jokes, fourth wall breaks, topped with more-than-proper dose of violence and vulgarity. Simply put, it’s a perfect choice for fun and games. But don’t go looking for more than that.

 

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Director: Tim Miller. Writers: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick. Release Date: 10 February 2016. Casts: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein.

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