Is it worth the wait to finally see Marvel’s “Merc with a Mouth” on the screens? You bet your sweet butt it is. Ryan Reynolds was born to play the titular role.
Wade Wilson is a former mercenary who does little jobs for the little people. He spends his nights after work going to Weasel’s barn. His life changes when he meets strip club worker Vanessa. The two get serious but on the day he proposes to her, Wade gets news he never expected. He has terminal cancer and is convinced nothing can be done. However, when he’s given an opportunity to be cured of the cancer as well as be given superhuman abilities, he takes the chance.
The experiment is run by Ajax, a mutant who is impervious to pain. When Wade is given the mutation serum, he learns that life isn’t as cracked up to be and a side effect is that Wade looks somewhat disfigured. He escapes from the lab after burning it down. Annoyingly ticked off, Wade decides to use his newfound abilities to become a new brand of superhero. Calling himself Deadpool, Wade has only one thing in mind: track down Ajax.
Created in 1990 by Rob Liefeld, Deadpool has been a fan favorite for many years with his off the wall humor and insane violent style, which involves either blowing bad guys away or using his skills with the sword. It is that humor and violence that transitions well to the screens courtesy of Zombieland co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. They truly understood how Deadpool should act and it totally works here, with out hero “breaking the fourth wall” and at times, talking to the camera.
This is exactly the superhero that Ryan Reynolds (who like his on-screen alter ego, is Canadian) is perfectly suited to play. For those who loved Reynolds in the 2002 comedy Van Wilder, think of his portrayal of Deadpool here as Van Wilder amped up tons of notches and with some major butt-kicking skills. He first tackled the role in a cameo appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine opposite Hugh Jackman. Reynolds couldn’t be any more perfect for the role with his deadpan humor and chemistry with his co-stars. Reynolds made it very clear with a line referencing his 2011 abysmal version of Green Lantern that he wasn’t meant to be green and animated, but red and insane.
Ed Skrein, who took over for Jason Statham in The Transporter Refueled, actually makes a pretty good nemesis for Deadpool in Ajax. His only annoyance involved his repetition of “What’s my name”. Morena Baccarin is great as Vanessa, our hero’s love interest with former MMA champion Gina Carano showing some brute strength as Ajax’s henchman Angel Dust. With the work of CGI, we get the metal-skinned character of Colossus with Stefan Kapicic providing the voice. Newcomer Brianna Hildebrand is exciting to watch as the X-Men trainee Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Aside from Reynolds, T.J. Miller and Leslie Uggams provide some comic support as Weasel and Blind Al.
While the film has its share of funny comedy, it does have some nicely done action sequences courtesy of stunt coordinator and fight choreographer Philip Silvera. The action seen in the trailer is basically what you see in the first fifteen minutes of the film. Not one to spoil it, but the climactic battle is quite a fun battle complete with some intense moments mixed in with some of the humor expected from the supporting cast and at times, Deadpool himself.
Hands down, Deadpool is definitely the role Ryan Reynolds is truly born to play with his offbeat humor mixed in with some great support and some nicely shot action sequences. This is perhaps the best spin-off of the X-Men Universe to date. And a sequel has already been greenlit to boot! What are you waiting for? Go see it!
WFG RATING: A
A 20th Century Fox production in association with Marvel Entertainment. Director: Tim Miller. Producers: Lauren Shuler-Donner, Simon Kinberg, and Ryan Reynolds. Writers: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick; based on the comic book characters created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza. Cinematography: Ken Seng. Editing: Julian Clarke.
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, Gina Carano, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni.