Film Review: Deadpool

by Evan Brown

Rated MA15+. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein. Directed by Tim Miller.

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like you were the only one in a group of people that just didn’t get it?  You didn’t understand what the big deal was?  It might have been a joke that you didn’t think was “hilarious”. It might have been food that you didn’t think was “sooo gooood!”.  It might even have been a song that you didn’t think was that “great”. For some reason you can’t understand why you aren’t like the rest of the world.

Well here is my confession: this is me when it comes to the “Marvel movie craze”.  Whilst the fanboys are squealing like teenage girls at a Justin Bieber concert because Iron Man upgraded his suit for the umpteenth time my head is lolled back over the headrest with my mouth open wide drawing in oxygen trying to sustain this unconscious passenger for the next 80 minutes.

And I used to feel guilty about it too – “But Evan how do you not like The Avengers??!!  It has Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk and the Black Widow in the same movie!!! Could it get any more epic???!!!” But after the third attempt at The Avengers and still finding myself waking up to giant space whales flying around New York City I decided that the “Marvel movie craze” was not for me.  I would have to come to terms with the fact that this is something the rest of the world will always love except for me (and my awesome wife but for different reasons – if she was asked to point Captain America out in a line up she would probably point to Captain Crunch… bless her cotton socks).

OK… that feels good to get off my chest. Ironically, I had the task of reviewing the latest addition to the “Marvel movie craze”: Deadpool.  That name may sound vaguely familiar to many of you but you might not be too sure of where from.  If you have been to a Comicon or something similar Deadpool was the character that every second person dressed up as.  If you have been to any meme-based website Deadpool memes are almost as popular as Emma Watson memes.  If you unfortunately watched X-Men Origins: Wolverine back in 2009 then you may remember him as the quick-mouthed samurai sword-wielding gun-toting minor character played by Ryan Reynolds. Due to the internet’s demand along with a cult-like fan following Fox proceeded to give Ryan Reynolds a whole movie based on the character.

As I briefly mentioned before Deadpool is quick mouthed and extremely rude.  If you find swear words and sexual innuendos offensive you won’t like this movie.

As I also mentioned before Deadpool wields two samurai swords and totes guns (can you really tote a gun?).  So if you find frequent graphic violence with a hint of satire offensive you won’t like this movie either.  If these things don’t offend you too much then you may find yourself enjoying this movie along with the rest of the fanboys. Because of the language, adult themes and graphic violence Deadpool has received an R rating in the States (it’s MA here in Australia).  So I strongly advise you not to bring your kid brother along even when he says that all the cool kids on Reddit are talking about it.

So what’s it about?  Wade Wilson (Reynolds) is our unconventional superhero (or anti-hero). Deadpool has super-human powers as a result of the excessive treatment trying to cure his terminal cancer.  One of the side affects of his treatment is severe scarring and disfigurement of his face and skin. Now consumed with revenge, Deadpool seeks to kill all those involved with his treatment.

Besides the big theme of revenge there is a smaller theme of inadequacy.  Due to his disfigurement Wade feels that he will no longer be accepted by his fiancée Vanessa (Baccarin).  He feels that he is so repulsive that she could not possibly accept him for what he is now.

I too, constantly feel the inadequacy that Wade Wilson does.  Not inadequate with my wife but with my God.  If He is perfect then I am far from it.  I feel that no matter how good I am, no matter how selfless I am, no matter how many good deeds I do I will never be good enough… I will never be perfect.

It is because of this inadequacy I remind myself of this truth, from Ephesians 2:8-9, every day:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God —  not by works…”

I am no longer inadequate for a perfect God because I have been shown grace through Jesus. It was Jesus who was sinless and it is because of my faith in him I am adequate, made righteous for a perfect God.

The Verdict: Deadpool is the super-hero movie like no other. It’s the Marvel movie that I’ve always wanted – one that doesn’t take itself too seriously, one that doesn’t have censored violence, and one that features a lot of 90s RnB (Salt n Pepa FTW).  This film is violently brutal but in a comical way – think the Black Knight scene in Monty Python’s Holy Grail.  And it’s funny: Reynold’s charm and constant fourth wall breaking to add his satirical comments will bring even the most deadpan skeptics to smirks and giggles. But – you have been warned about the strong content above. 4/5

Deadpool releases in cinemas everywhere later this week.

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