Back in 2012, an amazing thing happened for Deadpool fans. Some CGI test footage was “leaked” online showing a glimpse of what we could expect if a Deadpool movie was greenlit. We all pretty much went crazy for it, and Fox agreed to put money in to get it made. Hooray! Better still, the actor to play the Merc with a Mouth was none other than his biggest fan, Ryan Reynolds.
So, there’s your context as to why I have been hyped about this movie for some time. I always feel a bit worried when I get hyped for a film, because the expectations are so high and the marketing for the movie has been amazing. You go in hoping for the best ultimately, but you know ‘the best’ has gotta be pretty damn good to live up to the attention.
I booked our IMAX tickets a few weeks in advance because we wanted decent seats. Deep down I wasn’t concerned, as I didn’t think it was going to be too busy. How wrong I was. Despite ordering some time before the big event, we got the very last aisle seats for the Saturday evening screening. Phew. It was my first ever IMAX experience by the way.
Anyway, being a Saturday night, the cinema was absolutely rammed. We even heard staff saying they hadn’t seen a screening for a movie so busy since Star Wars…wait, what? For an “adult” superhero movie?! Colour me surprised. And excited!
Once we were comfortable in the red leather seats (which seemed incredibly apt), I had the chance to have a good look round at the mix of audience, and it really was a mix. I think the oldest person there must’ve been in their fifties, and the youngest…well, the film is rated 15. I expected it to only really appeal to those in their 20’s, maybe 30’s but I was genuinely pleased that a less traditional superhero movie was drawing in such a variety.
A Spoiler-Free Review of Deadpool
Let’s get to what we’re all here for, shall we? My thoughts on the movie itself.
Where do I start? From the second the movie started, I was already chuckling. The humour from the very beginning was spot on. As someone who has dabbled with the comics, I wondered how well they would capture the tone of the character – and they nailed it.
There’s the perfect mix of violent action, humour and even a little romance weaved into the story. There’s gags about Marvel, social media and even Ryan Reynolds himself, and the fight scenes are suitably gory without being too gross out (well, depending on what your gross out threshold is, I guess). Oh, and the Stan Lee cameo has to be the best of any Marvel movie out there.
My only criticism of the film would be that the trailer perhaps shared a few too many of the gags. The best scenes were included in the marketing of the film, and as such you kind of knew where it was going a lot of the time. For me, it didn’t necessarily take away the enjoyment, but I was a bit disappointed that I already knew a fair few of the jokes. Like I said before, I was impressed with how the film was marketed but I wonder whether they gave away too much to try and get bums on seats. Perhaps they could’ve held back a little and left a few more surprises. Speaking of surprises – be sure to not miss the post-credit scene!
I am genuinely thrilled that the film is doing as well as it is, and that a sequel is going to be made too. Even on first viewing my rating would edge pretty darn close to five stars, but a rewatch should confirm that.
Have you seen Deadpool yet? If not, go go go! If you have, I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments!