Monday, 29 February 2016

Movie Review: Deadpool (2016)

This year is going to be a big year for comic book movies with DC Comics Batman vs Superman and Marvels Captain America Civil War and X-Men: Days of Future Past. All big high budget movies that are required and will make big money for the studios. Deadpool, a considerably low budget superhero film has set the ground running for 2016 superhero films.

The Deadpool comics came out during the time when Spiderman and Wolverine were the top selling superhero’s of the time so technically Deadpool is a combination of Wolverines healing and fighting style (only with samurais words instead of claws) and Spidermans comedic one liners. This film actually shows how miscast and defectively written Spiderman has been in its movies.

Deadpool played by Ryan Reynolds is very much an anti-hero; perhaps they over played that fact. That being said, it is definitely one of the funniest comic book movies I’ve seen. I love the fact that Deadpool broke the fourth wall a multiple of times and his one-liners were just spectacular.

Watching the movie, it is clear to see that the studio had very little faith in this movie doing well clearly shown due to its measly  $58 million budget. For comparison Man of Steel, had a whopping $225 million. The budgeting issues are apparent in the movie but it doesn’t take away from movie at all. Clearly the lack faith that the studios had for this film boils down a couple of factors. The first being that last years Fantastic Four remake was such a disaster at the box office. Secondly this was the first R-rated superhero movie, which meant that half the superhero film fans being kids could not watch the movie in the cinema. Thirdly, Wolverine Origins had a Deadpool that fans did not like and that film too did badly. Fourthly Ryan Reynolds last attempt at a superhero film Green Lantern was too a very unsuccessful film. This being said, Deadpool has been one of the most successful superhero movies to ever come out, breaking many records.

To circle back to the actual movie, it is an exceptional movie. Very funny with pretty decent action and perfectly fine performances. If you haven’t watched it, I would urge you to go and watch it immediately.