“Deadpool” is one of those strange characters that I’ve watched evolved over the years. Yeah, I was part of the Liefeld generation that got slammed with everything he did from New Mutants to X-Force to his Extreme Studios stuff. So, when Joe Kelly ultimately changed the character into what Ryan Reynolds brought to the big screen, it was pretty impressive. But, what about the movie? What could’ve been another FOX mangling of a Marvel Comics character turns into something special. A seemingly standalone self-aware superhero tale about a burn victim just trying to find love with his mutant powers.
If that wasn’t enough, it’s the first major media representation of Colossus that actually plays like the real character. Adaptation is a tricky thing, as the ambiguity of media translation still evades most people. Did “Deadpool” work as an adaptation? Yes. Did “Deadpool” please everyone? No. But, that’s not the point. What happened here is that FOX saw that not all mutants have to look like Hugh Jackman. The X characters populate a wide world with stories that don’t need the Xavier Institute.
While the film’s budget helped to promote the humor, it also made some parts of the film play a bit cheap. Everyone knows what was supposed to be a Heli-carrier or why there could only be two X-Men guest starring in the film. I’ll buy the argument that parts of the film play like a really high budgeted TV-movie. I don’t care. Ryan Reynolds finally got to do his dream project and prove to America that he isn’t Box Office Poison.
- 1hr and 48 mins
- 20th Century Fox