Movie Review: Deadpool

Haven’t seen Deadpool yet? Well, if you haven’t seen Marvels latest release yet, don’t wait any longer. While not a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Deadpool is now a part of the Fox-run portion of Marvel that the X-Men and Fantastic Four inhabit. And seeing as though no one can make a Fantastic Four film that is any good, this great movie can fit right in there as a more than suitable replacement.

Ryan Reynolds stars as Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool. Wilson is a mercenary for hire when he is diagnosed with cancer that has spread all throughout his body. He takes a chance on a doctor that says he can cure Wilson of the cancer. However, this leads him right to Ajax and Angel Dust, two genetically altered mutants that put Wilson through a torturous series of experiments. And although the experiments leave him disfigured, Wilson gains accelerated healing powers and takes on the persona of Deadpool.

The “Merc with a mouth” then takes it upon himself to find Ajax and make him pay for what he did to him. Along the way, Deadpool gets an assist from X-Men Colossus (Stephan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and he won’t stop until he hands out his own brand of Justice.

Deadpool is a fantastic movie that shifts seemlessly from present time to the past and manages to tell the origin story of the title character while also being filled with non-stop action. Reynolds was born to play this role and more than made up for the terrible version of Deadpool he played in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The action is great and the comedy is better than most films labeled as a comedy. Director Tim Miller and the rest of the crew did an amazing job with this movie and I already cannot wait for a sequel. It is also exciting to see a new character brought into the world of the X-Men as it can add something fresh to that Marvel world. With the future of the X-Men franchise, especially the future of the Wolverine character, in question, Deadpool can now allow for numerous crossovers and new story lines. There is a reason Deadpool was so successful in its opening weekend. It is a good movie and gives fans more to look forward to in the future. Let’s just hope that the rest of the comic movies in 2016 can live up to this one.

Daryl Karpinski, Jr.