TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016|
Posted by: Mike Montemarano
There was a lot of contention surrounding the viability of Deadpool making his debut as the central character on the big screen, but since shattering box office records for an R rated movie, the efforts made to reimagine the superhero movie have shown that the boundaries of what can be done within the genre have been pushed to the limit and will pave the way for what's to come.
The film incorporates an onslaught of crude sexual humor, a massive amount of violence and gore, and fourth wall self-awareness that becomes its own brand of humor in and of itself (Reynolds constantly pokes at the production costs of the film having to do with there only being two X-men by his side, and even gripes about the way his costume was overly CGI'ed in the Green Lantern). Deadpool does what he does best: constantly running his mouth amidst the turmoil and violence that would break anyone's psyche.
The bombardment of totally crude and often juvenile comedy and spoofs was something that I anticipated being forced, but it soon comes to light that the jokes incorporated into the plot redeem themselves in all aspects. The humor doesn't blend seamlessly into the grimness of the story nor the action scenes, and that's entirely the point: the film's production gave Deadpool's character justice through the abrasive, in-your-face comedic mindset which ultimately is the driving force behind the character's psychological endurance.
Deadpool has fun through embellishing a mountain of self-aware cliches of cinematic action as he ventures through constant mania, even purposefully forgetting his Hello Kitty tote bag full of firearms for the purpose of being more reliant on his super abilities for the climactic final battle. He takes the overdone and predictable tendencies of superhero movies and toys with them in a way that is meta-critical and is done in contrarian and comedic way. He purposefully breaks three of his limbs against the chest of Colossus (whose character role represents the altruism and moral superiority all superheroes never question) just to mock the fact that Colossus won't hurt him. My favorite instance of this dynamic was in the aftermath of his final battle against Ajax when...well we won't spoil what happens but needless to say, Superman Deadpool ain't.
The film balanced all of this contrarian-for-its-own-sake nature with a lot of real character development. The relationship Wade Wilson had with Vanessa was much more real and significant to the storyline than any romance I've seen in superhero movies prior. There was a depth to the sheer anarchy which showed a much more human side of the antihero that goes more or less unprecedented in conventional superhero movies. Though there was certainly more room for interpersonal dynamics between Deadpool and his allies and enemies, the main character's nature is to grab all of the attention for yet another deliverance of some kind of insult to dismiss of whatever advice or threats come his way.
Without giving any more away, Deadpool has broken boundaries and redefined just how much a superhero movie can get away with. Ryan Reynolds' smug wit and presence throughout the movie was remarkable and stood out amidst the conventions of action movies in a way that added a depth to just how much can be done with a human understanding of the world through the eyes of a ruthless, juvenile and trash-talking immortal mercenary whose mind is devoid of the stagnant, dry moral code of almost any other character with superpowers. The film is certain to have paved the way for massive change within the genre of superhero movies and its influence is sure to be seen in the near future. It has appeased all the viral ads and hype surrounding it by speaking for itself, and truly took full advantage of the opportunity to totally deconstruct all conventions.