The Marvel comic character Deadpool made his big screen debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine back in 2009, and this appearance made fans collectively shout WTF! In his first appearance, the wise-cracking, ultraviolent, politically incorrect antihero had his mouth sewn shut for the entire movie, removing his defining characteristic: the insane, yet funny gibberish that he constantly spouts. It would be like portraying Spider-Man without his webs or Superman without his sense of justice. (Okay, they did the last one in Batman V. Superman, and we all know how that turned out.) Luckily they rebooted the character and started anew and the result is pretty awesome. In his self-titles movie, Deadpool is just a wicked, funny, and off the wall as his best comic appearances and that makes for a hell of a film.
From the first moments of the movie, viewers realize that they're not watching a typical superhero flick. The scene is inside a car that has gone out of control and is literally tumbling down the freeway. Time is frozen and the camera pans between gruesome scenes of violence (a man with a cigarette burn on his forehead, people who have been shot) and comical images (a Hello Kitty figure, Deadpool giving a guy a wedgie). While this is going on, the credits are being presented to the tune of "Angel of The Morning" by Juice Newton: Starring - God's perfect idiot... a hot chick... a British villain... a gratuitous cameo... and a CGI character. Written by - the real heroes here. Directed by - an overpaid tool. This opening shot lets everyone know they're in for a wild, irreverent ride, and the movie delivers.
Told in a non-chronological order, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a dishonorably discharged Special Forces soldier who is not really mentally stable and makes his living as a hitman/enforcer. After meeting a hooker named Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) in a bar he frequents he used the last of his money to buy some of her time... to play skee-ball. She falls for his devil-may-care attitude and the two are soon in love. Things are going well until Wade starts feeling ill and discovers that he has cancer. "[The] cancer is only in my liver, lungs, prostate, and brain. All the things I can live without." Not wanting to have Vanessa see him wither away, Wade takes a long shot and calls a shade character who promises not only to cure his cancer, but also to give him super-powers.
The treatment works, but there's a cost: his how body is covered in scar tissue and he looks grotesque, "like an avocado had sex with an older, more disgusting avocado." Not wanted to see his love while he's in this state, Wade decides that he needs to cover his face (and his whole body) while looking for the guy who turned him into a walking Freddie Krueger. He comes up with a costume and a cool code name and starts the hunt.
This film is lots of fun mainly because, like its comic book inspiration, it never takes itself too seriously. Deadpool is irreverent, offbeat, and frequently breaks the fourth wall and addresses the audience directly. Deadpool knows he's in a movie and isn't afraid to admit it. When going into the treatment room to get his cure, Wade pleads "please don't make the super-suit green... or animated" a reference to Ryan Reynolds' role as Green Lantern. At another point someone mentions the leader of the X-Men, Professor Xavier, and Deadpool asks "McAvoy or Stewart? These timelines can get so confusing."
Though the humor is low-brow more often than not, it's done in a nice way that sometimes takes viewers just an extra beat to get the gag. For example, early in the film Deadpool is surrounded by armed men and he raises his hands and says "You may be wondering 'why the red suit?' Well, that's so bad guys can't see me bleed. [pointing at one of the villains] This guy's got the right idea... he wore the brown pants."
While it's funny and very entertaining... I have to admit that this is not a good date movie. It's rated R for a reason and there is a lot of over-the-top violence that may turn off some viewers, such as my wife. While I have the opinion that shooting three guys through the head with one bullet is kind of impressive, my better have didn't quite get the humor in the excessive viciousness. You've been warned.
?The Ultra HD Disc:
This two-disc set includes the movie on both 4K UHD as well as a standard Blu-ray.
Deadpool arrives on 4K UHD with a 2.40:1 ratio and a stellar 2160p transfer. The image really pops and is significantly better than the Blu-ray. There's just more detail and the colors are more vibrant. The scene where Deadpool raises his smoking guns to his nose and inhales the vapors was particularly impressive with the smoke having more texture and depth. Deadpool's suit is also very striking, with an amazing amount of detail present. Overall, this is a great looking disc.
The audio is also stellar, featuring a Dolby Atmos track that really impresses. The whole soundstage is utilized fully, with explosions from all corners of the room and impeccable audio quality. If you like dynamic, expansive and all around fun audio tracks, this is one for you.
The 4K disc has two commentary tracks (which are also found on the Blu-ray disc), the first with Ryan Reynolds and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernic and the second with director Tim Miller and comic artist Rob Liefeld who created Deadpool with writer Fabian Nicieza. Personally I would have been more interested in hear what Fabian had to say about the character but you can't have everything.
The Blu-ray disc also includes a making of featurette that lasts an hour and twenty minutes, several galleries, a 6-minute gag reel, nearly 20-minutes worth of deleted and extended scenes, and Deadpool's Fun Sack, a 23-miunte fun video and some stills. Overall a very nice package.
Funny, action-packed, off-the-wall, and violent, Deadpool is a blast from start to finish. They finally got the Merc with a Mouth right. Highly Recommended.