So here’s a movie that was either going to be really good or really bad. Fox’s Marvel movies have been somewhat hit or miss lately which tends to be the case for Deadpool in general, sometimes he’s hilarious and other times you can’t stand him so this movie was always going to be a big risk. Fortunately the risk payed off because this is a great movie.
So given my choice to include the redband trailer over the greenband version lets start with that age rating shall we since it’s a popular topic concerning this film. Do I think they could have made a decent Deadpool movie with a 12/PG-13 rating? Sure. Would it have been as good as the movie we got? Not even close. See one of the best things about this movie is that it appeals to every kind of Deadpool fan and a huge percentage of the Deadpool fandom considers his foul mouth and brutal violence to be a big part of his charm. So while I’m not part of the “it had to be rated 15/R” crowd I do think the rating helps make this a better film.
One thing I finally noticed watching this movie is how similar Ryan Reynolds and Nolan North’s Deadpool voices are. It’s not a particularly important detail but I like the consistency. Speaking of voices I love the fact Colossus has a full stereotypical Russian accent, it not only fits the humour of the film but serves as a more faithful portrayal of the character than we’ve gotten before. Colossus’ reactions to Deadpool are also a good example of why the film’s age rating improves the movie with Deadpool’s R rated antics are too much for family friendly Colossus who wants him to tone down the violence and swear less, a bit like those parents who complain about the film not having a lower rating.
One of the biggests risks with the Deadpool character was his fourth wall breaking. They pull it off, it’s adapted properly to the format with most examples being in a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off/Malcolm in the Middle style with the occasional remark in the style of his comics (my favourite being “McAvoy or Stewart? These timelines are so confusing.”). It’s there just enough to work as a gimmick without overstaying its welcome, exactly how it should be too because it just wouldn’t be Deadpool without it.
Overall it was a fun film and out of the 2016 films I’ve seen so far it’s the best. This also marks that start of the point of the year when films I’m interested in seeing start coming out at a more frequent pace so next month I’ll be reviewing more than just one cinematic release. Until then it’s time to browse Netflix and my parents’ DVDs to figure out what movie to watch next.