FILM REVIEW | DEADPOOL
By Brett Hutton
Despite my complete lack of interest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its plan to dominate cinemas for the next 30 years and saturate the market, they’ve offered another film that did pique my interest. After Guardians of the Galaxy, I couldn’t help but wonder if they would ever make another movie that would have me curious and lo and behold Deadpool, an irreverent comedy that does anything but take itself seriously. Immensely self-referential to the point of obnoxiousness, the film waves its bare-arse at its heritage and takes a pool cue to the crotch of traditional superhero values.
Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary who finds himself one day diagnosed with cancer. With nothing to lose, he accepts the offer from a mysterious man in a suit who says the can not only cure his cancer, but give him powers beyond his wildest dreams. Unfortunately, that was all a ruse and now he’s out for revenge. A great deal of violence, explosions, foul-language and rapid-fire humour ensues as Wade hunts down the people responsible.
The film very much hinges on its humour, so if the trailer did not make you so much as smile, I don’t recommend that you see it. I say this with utter sincerity because outside of its humour and technical prowess with digital camera effects, CGI and explosions, it has very little offer. While I’m personally thankful for another Marvel movie without a needlessly convoluted plot, the simplicity of the story makes the film unfortunately rather lacklustre in that regard.
And while its charm and disinterest in conventional superhero fodder is breath of fresh air in an already stagnating cavalcade of said fodder, Deadpool is utterly forgettable in the worst way. Much like Jurassic World, the film’s lack of a thematically-driven, emotionally engaging plot is its downfall. Undoubtedly, the movie is a great deal of fun, but it’s unlikely to break any real records or find posterity in cinematic history either. Outside of some really funny jokes, there really isn’t anything significantly memorable about Deadpool at all. For all its radical irreverence, snappy one-liners and meta-humour, you’re likely to forget about it outside of a couple of lines of dialogue.
Don’t get me wrong, Deadpool is definitely worth a watch and it, along with Guardians of the Galaxy, will hopefully pave the way for new comedy movies that don’t rely on the lousy, crude and frankly cringe-worthy humour style that has been plaguing cinema for the last decade. Much like Mad Max: Fury Road and that Judge Dredd movie from 2012, it’s big, dumb, glorious fun and even though the plot can be entirely summed up in a single paragraph, I still very much welcome it and I honestly wouldn’t mind its inevitable sequel if it means a meatier story to balance out the comedy.