It actually happened. Deadpool got his movie, and my goodness, this wasn't a movie but a live-action remake of all the best qualities from his comic book counterpart.
The thing that grabs me most about Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool, is that he somehow grabbed one of the most underlying qualities about the Merc with a Mouth:
Deadpool just wants people to like him, more specifically, he wants people to think he's cool.
When Negasonic Teenage Warhead walks away from Deadpool and refers to him as a cool, he can't help but squeal out "What the ass?"
This is Deadpool. He's insane, tough to look at without his red suit on, but he just wants the affection and attention of others.
Oh, and before we get deeper, this movie is ultra-violent, profane, irreverent, and contains nudity and sex, but that's what makes it perfect. This movie is not for kids just because it's rated 'R' but because it's a Deadpool movie.
The tone is set very early, so if you bring your kids, I hope they like decapitations.
One of my favorite things about Deadpool -- and something I wasn't expecting to translate so well to the big screen -- was his vast pop culture references. Specifically, he likes the things that most of us (comic books fans) like or are at least familiar with. From his adventure time watch to his Origins Deadpool figure to the multiple Green Lantern references, he made fun of what we make fun of.
Ala, he just wants to be cool in our eyes.
Ryan Reynolds -- and the rest of the cast for that matter -- clearly put everything he had into this film. He absolutely nails the meta-commentary, fourth wall breaking, love of Hugh Jackman and Wolverine, and perverted nature of the character.
I can't say this enough. Tim Miller, Reynolds and the creative time behind the making of this film, captured the source-material in a genre changing way. Seriously, perfect.
This is an origins story that doesn't solely focus on the origins, but yet brings newbies up to speed on who Deadpool is and what he's about. There's a love story, gore, humor, drama and perfect combination of silliness with serious scenes.
T.J. Miller is the perfect comedic relief for when Wade Wilson or DP needs to get serious, Morena Baccarin is perfect for the dirty/vulgar girlfriend, and Ed Skrein and Gina Carano do a great job as the villains in Ajax and Angel Dust.
I want to go back to the revolutionary impact of this film. While, yeah, this is a Marvel character. This movie is the furthest thing from an MCU film. Miller and company have opened new doors for (ugh I hate this word) "edgy" characters. Those scared to make a comic book movie that isn't squeaky clean because of the theory that it won't make any money have been proved wrong.
This isn't a team-up movie or an overloaded Marvel cast, it focuses on its main asset which is Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. That's all that needs to be said. The creative freedom of this film is breathtaking.
Deadpool set the record for the biggest opening for a rated 'R' movie in history, and frankly, the record-smashing weekend is only setting in.
Come for the murder montage set to hip-hop and beautiful Morena Baccarin, but stay for the goddamn inspiring attention to detail.
Deadpool is here to stay, I just hope they stick to this Deadpool-centric blueprint for the future.