February 7, 2016
‘Deadpool’ Roundup: Overall Review On Marvel’s Stepchild

As lovers and prepare for the romanticism that Valentine's Day brings, fanatics and enthusiasts pave way to the Deadpool screening. After months of teasing the audience of Ryan Reynold's comeback to the superhero scene, people have high expectations.

Deadpool has been marketed as one of the funniest superheroes of all time. He is witty, unabashed, and practical. After Chris Pratt's hail on The Guardians of the Galaxy, funny superheroes are now the norm.

Though this has been what was made out by Deadpool's promotional team, critics somehow disagree. Matt Singer wrote on Screencrush and said that it had the right amount of funny and "adult content," but not necessarily a big comedy hit.

"Deadpool is certainly gory and profane, but deep down it's really no different than every other comic-book movie (and its ending is even more conventional than a lot of the stuff it spoofs)."
Aside from the huge amount of penis jokes, the movie came across as a flash back to Jim Carrey's iconic character from The Mask.

The Ryan Reynolds Factor

The movie has taken risks in casting Ryan Reynolds, since he was wildly known for filling in the protagonist role for Green Lantern, a Fox movie that was greatly criticized for being "one of the worst exemplars of its genre," Screencrush noted.

Still, the Daily Beast insists that it was actually Ryan Reynolds who saved the film. The Self/less actor was able to portray the Wade Wilson character, and the brutish man that Deadpool is.

Though the film do not particularly hit the big metrics like CGI balance or fight scene mechanics, it still hit the audiences, since it was able to call out its massive Marvel brothers on their highs and lows.

"Spider-Man, Wolverine, and X-Men—the franchise Deadpool is being shoved into as Fox charts a course in parallel to Disney, Warner Bros., and Sony—get the Deadpool treatment, because even in his own movie, Deadpool knows he's the studio's bastard superhero stepchild," wrote Jen Yamato in the Daily Beast.

Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds answers questions during a news conference for his new film
Ryan Reynolds gains spotlight in "Deadpool." [Image via AP Photo/Wally Santana]

Funny But Insightful

Though Deadpool is quite the anti-hero, he still projected the right questions to ask. The Guardian even noted, "the meta the better."

In one of the fight scenes, he was in mid-battle with a female villain and he asked a most intriguing question.

"Is it sexist to hit you, or is it more sexist not to hit you?"
Deadpool's cascade of witty lines has been the main highlight of the film. He was very self-aware and thoughtful that his actual real-life sacrifices did not seem to hurt. However, this Deadpool signature coping mechanism is actually a show of strength.

Ryan Reynold's character, Wade Wilson, was about to marry the love of his life when he learned he has cancer. Instead of wallowing in deep regret and sorrow, he bet on scientific mutation to help him heal. Apparently, the scientists were just using him as an experiment that eventually turned him into Deadpool.

Deadpool could have revolted and ruined the world for all we know, but he chose to be the semi-good guy. Still, this is a show of strength—amidst all the bad things, he continued to be good. At the same time, he was good and funny, which just made the film and his character stand out from all the other heroes out there.

However, herein lies the big conflict with Deadpool. Since he is playing both the good and the bad guy, there is very little left with the "actual" bad guys of the movie.

"... by letting him have the bad guy's prerogative of making acidly witty remarks, there isn't all that much for the actual bad guy to do."
[Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP]