Deadpool (2016) Review

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Two months in, could Deadpool already be the most over-hyped movie of 2016?

Director: Tim Miller
Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Stars: Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Morena Baccarin (Vanessa)

Deadpool (2016) Still

Deadpool, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead in Deadpool (2016)

Before I start discussing Deadpool, I feel like I should make it clear that I am not a Superhero movie fan. That being said, I’ve seen almost all of the big boys and what they bring to the table, with my favourite probably being Guardians of the Galaxy due to James Gunn’s writing/direction and his brother’s ad-libbed dialogue, though it still suffered from many of the typical genre problems. So I was reasonably interested in the release of a Deadpool film, as it had the potential to really rip the genre apart with a non-stop barrage of jokes and jabs. Unfortunately, it seems as if the writers felt as if they had accomplished their goal by creating the necessary hype before writing a decent film.

Most importantly for a comedy: the jokes just don’t land the majority of the time. The cinema I was in had laughter, but only at a few moments. Many jokes did not get as much as a chuckle. Partly this could be because of the use of outdated or too American-based references. It is perhaps also because there is nothing particularly clever here. I thought there may be the possibility of this being the Airplane! of superhero movies, but no. Other film such as Kick-Ass and Super already do a much better job at taking a jab at the genre too, heck even Guardians does. It kind of just makes Deadpool seem redundant in this aspect.

The meta-comedy in Deadpool is where I personally laughed the most. The joke about the love interest played by Morena Baccarin being created for him was perhaps my favourite. But the problem with these moments, such as the one previously mentioned, the opening credits or other meta-moments, was that while these stupidly clichéd moments were pointed out to be clichéd, they were never changed apart from that. Which in my eyes makes Deadpool a worse offender than the films they were trying to make fun of. If you notice something is stupid then why not change it? Why not at least make that into an element of comedy rather than mention it once then carry on with it as the norm? WHY IS EVERY FIGHT SCENE LIKE EVERY OTHER SUPERHERO FIGHT SCENE??? Fucking hell, this is just another dumb superhero movie isn’t it? Not some comedy masterpiece that everyone seems to be making it out to be. It just uses the idea that “welp, we’ve made a joke about it being dumb so we can get away with it now”. Alright, I liked some of the gags (the taxi driver, the visit to X-Mansion) but, man, this movie just tries to trick the audience into thinking that it is something fresh, but in reality we’ve already seen it all before. The hype train and targeted marketing has just made this into a success, not the quality of the film itself. If anything, it has just made me never want to see a superhero movie again in the cinema. If you really want something different, something ugly and shameful in this genre, then go watch Super (2010) if you haven’t already. Fuck Deadpool.