Deadpool: The Film

What it got right: Everything

What it got wrong: Nothing to almost nothing.

First of all: Best opening credits EVAR! (Especially appreciated the nod to the writers, without whom Deadpool would not exist, let alone have a film.)

Granted, Wade isn’t as batshit crazy in the film as he is in the comics, but I think introducing him as he is in the comics would have alienated the uninformed audience so I’m cool with toning that aspect of the character down a bit. And he is off the wall enough to be an entertaining, if gorily violent, loon. He also (Spoiler Alert: though if you have not seen it by now, you are either not interested or really? What the hell not?) gets a happy ending (a phrase which the character would make no end of double entendres with), which the comic book character, despite his many flirtations and actual love interests, does not.

The breaks in the fourth wall and meta commentary are well delivered and just enough to be entertaining without overdoing it or feeling kitschy.

They greatly altered Negasonic Teenage Warhead’s powers and gave her a personality, but as the character was just a walk-on (or in that case, a carry-on) in the Genoshan massacre…

Neasonic teeage warhead

…and then showed up as a psychic projection of Emma Frost’s survivor’s guilt, with very undefined psychic abilities, in Joss Whedon’s run of Astonishing X-Men (which is also made of awesome, really brought the x-men back, in Whedon’s own way, to the Claremont era)….

Negasomic v Kitty

…they had a lot of leeway with a character that even the comic book readers had almost no attachment too. Most consider the movie version to be an improvement. Her powers are at least in keeping with her “code name” (which is taken from the name of a song by Monster Magnet).

 

But the story of the film is engaging, the action is imaginative and, of course, the characters are great. A+ all around.

And speaking of imaginative action, this is something that has been, or was when I stopped collecting, missing from superhero comics for a long time. It used to be that writers found interesting ways for the superheros to use their powers or use teamwork to combine their powers to great effect. Then in the 2000’s, the current crop of writers had no imagination and just started giving the characters new powers (“secondary mutations”), some of them completely unrelated to their initial ones. Emma Frost’s diamond form being the most glaring (no pun intended) example. In the films (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Avengers I and now Deadpool, well, once), you get to see what imaginative writers can do using existing powers in imaginative ways as a team rather than just having the heroes pounding away at the villains one on one.

(Again, another double entendre Deadpool would not let go of for hours.)

If I was to nitpick at one thing, it would be how Colossus was portrayed. Colossus, who is a pure-hearted hero, an honest to the Gods nice guy, is much, *much* more sanctimonious in the film than he is in the comic book. Nor is the comic book Piotr nearly that pushy. He’s pretty humble and leaves most of the speech making to Professor X or Cyclops.

Colossus joke

Also, he is one of the top four physically strongest characters in the Marvel Universe, barring cosmic beings like Thanos. (The Hulk, Thor and the Thing are the other three.) He should not have had his ass kicked like a punk.

Still, It’s an awesome movie and I’m going to see it again. And I almost never do that.

It’s going to be very interesting how they get Cable into Deadpool’s world in the next film. Cable is a character that is…well, his backstory is more confusing than trying to follow the Habsburg family tree. Cable’s no-nonsense attitude and Deadpool’s, well, being Deadpool, make for a very interesting, and one of Marvel’s favorite Odd Couples.

P.S. Also loved the quick nod to Bob: Agent of Hydra.

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