Review: Keep your cool when ‘Deadpool’ fools

Published: February 18. 2016

YUN-CHEN CHANG
Staff Writer

Before Captain America tells superhero addicts to watch their language in “Civil War,” Marvel Studios bombards fans with a considerable amount of lowbrow and nasty remarks with its title role in “Deadpool,” the latest installment of the “X-Men” series.

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This adventurous action thriller depicts the story of a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who, after being diagnosed with cancer, is recruited to a secret program that conducts rogue experiments. The experimental cure gives him accelerated, regenerative healing powers and his alter ego “Deadpool.”

Unlike customary Marvel feature films, which make ideal recreation for a family day, “Deadpool” is R-rated and much more bloody, sexual and violent than the other franchises. Despite this, following Marvel’s usual rule, the broad humor and comical comments throughout “Deadpool” not only irritate heroes around him but has the audience bursting with laughter.

Being the only character in the Marvel Universe who is aware that they are fictitious, “Deadpool” achieves notoriety or fondness from his supporters for “breaking the fourth wall.” This terminology is used in motion pictures, theater or TV production that refers to the front of the stage as the “fourth wall.” Breaking this imaginary wall means characters interact with the audience, and in both the comics and the movie, “Deadpool” keeps turning his head and talking to readers and moviegoers.
In order to highlight this attribute and connect “Deadpool” to his Marvel team affiliations, there are other superheroes from the “X-Men” series as his allies. However, this alliance is completely different from “The Avengers” or any other Marvel teams you have seen since “Deadpool” doesn’t consider himself a hero. He believes that he does not have to be a superhero to get the princess.

Just as the tagline of the picture suggests “With great power comes great irresponsibility,” which is exactly opposite from Spiderman, “Deadpool” never thinks about consequences before he does anything. That’s the reason why there are a lot more bloody scenes in “Deadpool” than the other Marvel feature films.

Don’t take this the wrong way; this is not an off-color vulgar film. The theme of “Deadpool” is love, at least according to Wilson’s theory, and it tells us how to deal with low points in life, so in some ways it is also inspiring.

Being the first Marvel motion picture in 2016, “Deadpool” does a good job drawing enthusiasts back to the theater and trying to make new friends with his witty dialogue. Even though he speaks filthy language, on the inside, he is just a talkative young Canadian who gets bored easily, and can definitely add laughter to your day.

Contact the writer: yun-chen.chang@scranton.edu

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