Deadpool DVD Review

DVD Review by Jon E Clist

The Premise
Based upon Marvel Comics most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

The Review
When you look at the general film release slate for the year, there is kind of a couple of big groupings. There’s the Award bait films that seem to bunch up from late December through to February and then there’s the big blockbusters. The blockbuster side of things has been dominated by the capes and tights brigade over the past few years with Marvel ruling the calendar. At the start of last year, we saw this kind of crossover happen with the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service. With its clever well written script backed with brilliant action and comedy. It was kind of the best of both worlds. Great fun and great art.

2016 starts off much the same way with Deadpool. Up until now, Marvel has kept its cinematic releases extremely family friendly. In fact, the first outing for Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was so safe that it made the character something rather foreign to its own origins. That is one of the aspects that actually makes this film so good. Throughout it, there are plenty of obvious digs at that previous film. One of them even relating to the choice in Wolverine Origins to have Deadpool’s mouth sewn shut. Of course that is not where it stops but I want to leave those elements to you to find for yourself.

Before I go any further in this review it is important that I point out that this film definitely goes against the family friendly format that Marvel has stuck to so far. There are masses of gratuitous violence, Nudity, Sex Scenes and a mountain of naughty jokes. This film is for the adults only. Think KickAss and then some. This has been one of the biggest marketing points for the reinvention of Deadpool. In fact, on April Fool's Day last year, Ryan Reynolds posted on Twitter that the film would be rated PG-13, which prompted fan backlash as the Deadpool character often swears and commits acts of graphic violence. Later that day, Reynolds confirmed that it was a prank and the film would be R rated.

Speaking of Ryan Reynolds, I really do feel that he has perfectly captured this role and as you can imagine, it would have been really easy to replace him after the ballsup that was Wolverine Origins in regards to Deadpool and yet he got on board and has played quite a big part in reshaping this character back to what it should have always been. He is no stranger to Comic book characters. This is Ryan Reynolds's fifth time in a comic book movie. He was previously Marvel's Hannibal in Blade: Trinity, Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hal Jordan in DC's Green Lantern and Nick Walker in Dark Horse's R.I.P.D. Of course with the exception of Blade: Trinity, all of those other outings have been universally slammed by critics and comic book fans. So you could say that this is Reynolds last chance at redemption and in my books he has achieved that.

Reynolds has said that Deadpool will be the last comic book character he will ever portray. However, he is open to Deadpool sequels and/or cameos. Which is handy as Director Tim Miller has plans for a sequel. Producers also confirmed a potential sequel is in the works and it could serve as a crossover with Gambit and the X-Men. Considering the overall failure of latest incarnation of the Fantastic Four, the sequel could likely replace the sequel-in-jeopardy of F4.

Ryan Reynolds was involved with revising the script with the writers. Cast members were allowed to improvise in some scenes and this is super evident in just how funny this film is and how natural it comes across. There are plenty of to the camera dialogue that often doesn’t work in the cinematic world and yet here it adds dramatically to the feel of the film. A superhero film that focuses on an anti-hero and doesn’t take itself very seriously. Brilliant choices made by the director and cast. The scripting is brilliant and the action is massive and the laughs are huge.

There is plenty to still connect it with the X-Men franchise through the use of two characters in the form of Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead and a few throw backs to Wolverine. Then of course there are the villains, Ed Skrein is the totally expected English accented bad buy, who comes across as a morally broken man and his henchwoman Angel Dust is brilliantly portrayed by MMA fighter Gina Carano.

The Verdict
Extremely edgy and not for the soft spirit. Plenty of laughs and thrills to be had and I think it will work for plenty of people and the Deadpool comic book fan boys will be extremely happy.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 1st June 2016
Rating: R16 – Contains graphic violence, sex scenes and offensive language
Duration: 108 minutes 
Genre:  SciFi Action
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Karan Soni, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin and T.J. Miller
Director: Tim Miller (Debut Feature Film)

The Extras
A 3-minute test reel was shot in January 2012 in an attempt to convince the heads of the studio to move forward with the movie. On August 1st 2014, the footage was released to the public, and based on the overwhelmingly positive response from fans, the film finally began production. The footage was so popular part of it was recreated for the actual film.

The Deadpool costume had a muscle layer underneath, that had to be removed because Ryan Reynolds was so muscular the costume was not only too tight for him but it made him look overlarge.

This version of Deadpool differs from the one in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) due to the change in timeline during X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

In the trailer Wade Wilson requests, "Don't make the super suit green- or animated!" This is a reference to Ryan Reynolds' previous role as the DC superhero Green Lantern (2011) in which, as stated, the green suit was a special effect rather than an actual costume for Reynolds to put on.

The film was shot in 48 days.

In the late-'90s, Deadpool was given his very own comic book series. In the comic, he would team up with an inventor and supplier that goes by the name of Weasel. Weasel has also been known to "Bling" Deadpool's tactical gear. Weasel has invented a teleportation belt with Deadpool's logo on it and a satchel that supplies an unlimited amount of weapons.

Wade Wilson was named as an homage/parody to Slade Wilson, aka the mercenary Deathstroke from DC Comics.