Deadpool takes box office by storm
By Dylan Randolph, Online Editor
An unlikely “superhero” took the box office by storm as “Deadpool” was released on Feb. 12 and made over $135 million in its opening weekend. Amidst a lot of anticipation and hype from the superhero loving community, director Tim Miller stepped up to the plate and did not disappoint with this film. For comic and generally excellent movie fans alike, “Deadpool” sets itself above the rest.
As the movie begins, the audience is greeted by the Marvel Comic’s anti-hero, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), destroying a convoy of Cadillac’s as they speed down the highway. Just when the carnage is about to begin, Deadpool breaks the fourth wall by talking directly to the audience to take them back in time to describe just exactly how he ended up in this situation.
“Deadpool” is a story about a young mercenary named Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) whom after many years of doing odd jobs, such as tamely torturing stalkers and creeps to put them in their place, developed terminal cancer. When Wilson believes that all hope is lost and he’ll have to say goodbye to his fiancé Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) much sooner than he thought, he is approached by a strange man who says he could clear Wilson of cancer and give him superhuman abilities. After much speculation Wilson decides to go through with the procedure, but what he didn’t know was that in order to be cured of cancer, he would have to go through rigorous torture in order to mutate to super human. A few complications turned Wilson into a mutant that no human could stand to see the sight of with a disfigured face. With Wilson’s new persona, he aims to hunt down the man who turned him into the freak that he is, and who stole his fiancé to lure him in. Accompanied by Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) who are part of the X-Men, Wilson who because of his surgery now has indestructibility, starts cutting through his enemies until he can be reunited with his nemesis Francis (played by Ed Skrein) again.
Deadpool makes the perfect hero with his ridiculous sense of humor mixed with strong violence throughout the movie. In every scene Reynolds explodes with hilarious dialogue that makes the entire theatre erupt with laughter. From Deadpool telling the scientists who are about to operate on him to “not make the super suit green…or animated” a reference to Ryan Reynolds and his awful portrayal of the “Green Lantern,” to him making outrageous insults to the criminals he is about to fill with bullet-holes, Reynolds was the perfect actor to take on the role.
As the movie made its premier, fans around the world were curious to see just how the directors at Marvel were going to portray the explicit “superhero”because of their disappointing attempt with the movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”However, fans were far from upset as their favorite mutant tore apart enemies left and right with his famous swords, guns and potty-mouth. When the movie was first hinted at, the original rating was PG-13, which infuriated fans because of the graphic and uncensored nature of Deadpool. Needless to say, the new “Deadpool” movie was far from PG- 13 but rather an appropriate R rating. With constant profanity spewing from the character’s mouth, some of the upfront nudity and brutal killings, “Deadpool” lived up to fans expectations.
If people are looking for an outrageous comedy with a twist of a love story or a brutal, action packed movie, “Deadpool” is a must see.