The showing I saw this in last night was sold out so here's my thoughts on everything I can pick from my brain about it...
From the moment the opening credits appear on screen you are instantly made aware that this isn't going to be your average movie as the film refers to its own creators in various unflattering ways such as directed by "an overpaid tool". The opening sequence itself is rather lovingly crafted I must say and it jumps right in at showcasing Deadpool as someone who while dressed up in a bright red suit and mask with sharp knives on his back is actually a very relatable character as he acts in a way you have never seen anyone dressed up that way truly act before. He acts like a regular guy sat in the back of a taxi basically amusing himself while on an otherwise boring journey even though his destination will bring about the complete opposite not too long after. It also services to show that you will spend much of the film feeling like a fly on the camera lense looking in at the ongoing proceedings only for the actor to spot you sitting there and start talking to you directly. It's odd but it's so great.
Straight away you just know you are going to soak up every single moment Deadpool appears on screen with his unconventional ways and making sure you the audience is made aware that he is in fact just as aware of you watching him as he is of being part of an action movie with self referential pop culture inspired overtones. And my god does it work a treat. It's bolstered by one of the best movie scripts this kind of movie has ever had too and you will genuinely lose count at the amount of visual nods and talked about references to other movies some of which are blatant and some of which require a very keen eye to even spot.
As much as you warm to how different the take on the style of movie is you do wonder if after 10 minutes it will start to wear off and become something of an annoyance, it doesn't. The way the movie is expertly handled by way of not just wading through a traditional step by step origin account and is actually told in well paced flashbacks really helps the movie stay feeling fresh even with the inclusion of a few scenes that can feel a little long winded it is Ryan Reynolds himself that at times delivers a surprisingly deep and emotional character so it is not all just bullet wounds and fourth wall breaking hilarity. If you have ever seen his turns in Blade III or Buried or even The Nines you will know he is a pretty versatile actor given the right subject matter and he really makes a great effort to keep Deadpool/Wade as rounded a character as possible. You pity him. You back him. Job done on both counts.
The action sequences in this need to be mentioned as whoever it is that was Ryan's stunt double should be commended from the off as he pulls off some of the most amazing shit you will see in any movie of this kind and it's often presented in beautiful slow motion so you appreciate it all the more. I was actually a little taken back at just how well done most of the movie is given its meagre $50 million budget as what it lacks in terms of scope and scale it more than makes up in quality.
Ed Skrein btw was a great bad guy I thought and you really loved to hate the guy just as much as Deadpool does. A little one dimentional sure but considering other roles he's done I really enjoyed him in this. "What's my name?" The fight the two have together is bloody fantastic too including one part when Ed (Ajax) throws an axe at Deadpool mid fight, Deadpool catches it and throws it right back at Ajax who also then catches it and they continue fighting. It's relentless and all occurs in just a few seconds. That scene when...
Deadpool can be seen below speling out Francis' name in bodies then standing there waving up at him from below.
The film also never stops reminding you that this is in fact an X-Men movie. The blackbird is present. Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters is too and at one point Deadpool knocks on and comments that only two people are ever present at the building and how they must not have had the budget for more X-Men in the movie. There's references galore concerning not just the X-Men and much of the stuff that has gone on in the universe to date but also at the very actors themselves.
What surprised me even more still was Colossus. I have always been an avid fan of the character forever and I always hated the versions they fed us in the X-Men movies and like many I was worried they wouldn't do him justice once more. I was wrong. THAT IS EXACTLY HOW YOU DO COLOSSUS. It's like when you have a favourite comic character and you wait forever for them to be put on the big screen and finally someone does them justice and you just go "now that is how I always wanted them to be, yes!" he is just so perfect from the way he looks (which I think is some truly fantastic cgi work given the tiny budget) to how he sounds down to his constant droning speeches when he he trying to convince Deadpool he has bigger plans for him as part of The X-Men line up. His fight with Angel is about as epic as any X-Men related movie has even come close to being and it was made all te better that it didn't even for one second look like a person fighting a later added in post CGI based character, it was utterly convincing. I couldn't believe it. There's a scene in which Deadpool attacks him and I actually spat my drink out all over my legs it was just so unexpected and highlighted just how both the character and the "R" rating combined to make it unlike anything you've seen before in the superhero genre.
Both Deadpool and Colossus are done to perfection. All those years I read comics I perceived them both in a very distinct way and both delivered in this movie personas I was not only familiar with but very very happy with. If it is a fitting representation that closest matches the one you had in your head then it's one that has been done justice to IMO.
I will admit I didn't laugh as much as I expected to but then the movie wasn't half as crazy as I expected a lot of the time either (but when it is it's fucking out there completely) and again Reynolds delivers an often sombre tragic character who you really want to come out on top. When I did laugh I actually snorted a bit though. I do believe also that whenever I felt the film fell flat with its jokes it was mostly my own fault for watching far too many clips before I went to see the movie.
At times Deadpool reminded me a hell of a lot of another low budget super hero movie - SPAWN. While that movie wasn't the best looking or best acted or shot I felt it delivered the true essence of what I was hoping would convey well from the comic I had in my hands to the big screen I now sat in front of. Deadpool does exactly the same but does it way better still. As long as the essence remains intact you're mostly part way in delivering what people want. What Deadpool has achieved is a rethinking of expectations amidst a movie genre that has for far too long allowed itself to piggy back in the exact same manner as the movie before and the movie before that and the movie ten years before that.
Deadpool ignores not all but most of those bogged down preconceptions and just says hey you, yeah you, let's mix it up and have some fun with it shall we? In all honesty it delivers the most accurate comic to silver screen movie experience I've seen since DREDD did it so perfectly back in 2012. Sadly were the likes of Watchmen and DREDD failed Deadpool looks like doing the numbers to not only warrant a bigger budget sequel but also for opening the flood gates for other studios to make some very special "R" rated movies that had Deadpool not succeeded perhaps would never have seen the light of day. In that sense alone Deadpool is a very important even dare I say it - historic movie? It could well change everything we know.
Oh and don't forget to stay behind for the after scene credits. Most of all though go out and support this movie, it's perhaps not the game changer many are saying it is but that's not to say it isn't a very important movie in terms of being the one film that has finally broken the sheer cookie cutter monotony of everything else you saw in recent years outside of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Paying homage to another fourth wall breaker was pure genuis.
I honestly cannot wait to see what they do with Deadpool 2.
edit: All the references to Wolverine and Hugh Jackman are hilarious too.
Her face is tired. Leave her be ffs.