The highly anticipated movie Deadpool was a disaster for me. Prior to the release of the film, you couldn’t go anywhere without being confronted with a Deadpool trailer or billboard. It was real-life spam at its finest. To be fair, I wasn’t irritated by the sheer amount of trailers, I was actually looking forward to seeing the film.
During the months that preceded the film’s release, I was lead to believe that Deadpool was this subversive anti-hero that poked fun out of your standard super hero movie; a novel super hero, of a satirical nature. However, this archetype was not what I saw in the movie theatre. Albeit, I did enjoy parts of the movie, some of it was funny but it didn’t offer anything new as I was lead to believe. It was still the same run-of-the-mill super hero movie. You may argue “but the love interest being a prostitute was hardly conventional”, and I would agree but it’s hardly satirical. It’s subversive for the sake of being subversive. If the writers wanted to be both, then they could have cast Barry from Eastenders as the love interest. The point is, the girl still fits the typically attractive, damsel-in-distress archetype, the hero’s self-awareness doesn’t change anything and the villain is still the stereotypical villain- an Englishman!
Is there anything you liked?
I found the freeze-frame flashbacks to be an interesting and unique addition, it could have been effective had the plot been half-good. In an interview regarding writing comedy for film, satirical genius Ricky Gervais pointed out, “you can’t just do jokes and funny situations for an hour and a half because it’s a bit laborious.”- this very accurately reveals Deadpool’s shortcomings. The writers were far too trigger-happy with their jokes, it seemed as if they were over-compensating for something… hmm… maybe a poor plotline? The barrage of jokes the writers forced Ryan Reynolds to drill down your throat, coupled with the bizarre, overenthusiastic personality, made him come across as an intense and erratic, unfunny stand up comic who had just ingested his first ecstasy pill. …In other words, I found him quite irritating.
I felt like the jokes had been written by a bunch of middle-aged men, with a basic grasp of social media, trying to appeal to a younger demographic.. [Hold on, I’ll find out who wrote it now] … Rhett Reece and Paul Wernick, two middle-aged guys known for G.I. Joe: Retaliation starring Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis!
“The plot wasn’t that bad, was it?”
Let’s break it down: so basically it’s a violent romcom about a mercenary who really likes this prostitute but then he gets cancer so he’s going to die… oh no. So… he thinks he’s going to die but then this creepy looking dude walks into a bar and asks Wade “WHAT IF I TOLD YOU WE CAN FIX UR CANCER AND MAKE U RLY STRONG :0”. Wade is then tortured for a bit until he mutates. Exeunt CANCER. Job done? No, there’s still another hurdle for him yet, the mutation made him really ugly. Now he can’t go back to his girlfriend because he’s really insecure about his appearance. Then he lives with an old blind lady for a bit BUT THEN his ex-girlfriend gets kidnapped by an evil man so he kills them all and they live happily ever after.
“What was your favourite joke from the movie?”
That’s a hard question, with so many wonderful jokes to choose from it’s hard to pick just one. Although there was one that stood out for me:
“You may be wondering ‘why the red suit?’, well that’s so bad guys can’t see me bleed, this guy’s got the right idea, he wore the brown pants.”
I love this joke and I will tell you why. Notice how he sets up the joke by commenting on the fact that he has a red suit because he doesn’t want bad guys to see him bleed. The writers then brilliantly flip this on the guy with brown pants by suggesting that by wearing brown pants, nobody will realise that he pooped his pants as the poop would be camoflauged.
If you didn’t catch the joke, excrement is generally brown unless you have a bleeding ulcer in your lower intestinal track – in which case it would be bright red. This is something that the writers failed to account for when writing the joke. The actor portraying the dude with brown trousers may have had a bleeding ulcer at the time, in which case Deadpool’s joke wouldn’t have made sense (he could have said “this guy has the right idea, he wore bright red pants”). Click the following website (www.everydayhealth.com) for a detailed breakdown of what different colours of excrement can mean.
“I liked Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, I thought he was perfect for the role”
Since I’ve never read the comics, I don’t know whether this article is a criticism of Deadpool: The Movie or the Deadpool comic book series. So personally, I thought either Ryan Reynolds’ portrayal of Deadpool was poor or I just don’t like Deadpool, he came across as way too full of himself even though he was painfully unfunny. Each joke just seemed far too forced, just as I was forced to cringe as he looked into the camera expecting us to laugh. It’s like when someone shows you a ‘funny’ video on the internet and they turn their head around to look at you, checking to see if you’re laughing or not. In fairness to Ryan, he wasn’t the only one telling shit jokes. There is a scene shortly after Wade Wilson has become ugly, between himself and his bartender friend, where this Seth Rogen/Jurgen Klopp lovechild launches a number of convoluted, unfunny jokes about his appearance.
To conclude, I was unhappy that this film didn’t live up to my expectations of doing what I thought it said was on the tin. I didn’t see what was so different about Deadpool as opposed to other super hero films. It was unclear what his message was, so to me the movie was simply a sesspool of cheap, shock-value profanity (hey, my main body of text includes the title of my article, look how self aware and edgy i am). It was childish, the script could have been written by an 8-year-old and it cost me four quid. Four pounds that I will never get back. Although, if the ticket system in cinemas worked differently and you had to pay the number of pounds equal to the score you feel a film deserved out of ten, then I would still be down four pounds.