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REVIEW: ‘Deadpool’ breaks fourth wall and box office records

Anticipated movie released on Valentine's day weekend breaks records and leaves fans wanting more.

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Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), a former Special Forces member, isn’t your typical, run-of-the-mill hitman, fighting bad guys for a paycheck. Simply defined, he is a foul-mouthed character with a passion for women, terribly terrific puns and chimichangas. His story takes a rapid turn when he falls for local a call girl, Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarat), and finds that he has terminal cancer throughout his body only minutes after proposing.

In a moment of desperation, Wilson agrees to undergo an experimental procedure that is promised to cure his rampant cancer by unlocking mutant genes and abilities. After serious deformation, pain and several failed attempts, a superhuman is born. But not without a price.

Wilson, surviving the treatment, seeks revenge after the cruel man, Ajax (Ed Skrein), who oversaw his procedures and pain. With fear of what his fiancé might think, Wilson pursues Ajax for a cure and hopes to reverse the deformation.

The Merc with the mouth, otherwise known as “Deadpool,” broke several box office records for having the biggest, R-rated opening weekend movie in history. Over the Valentine’s Day weekend, the film rounded up $132.7 million. Production of the sequel is already in the works. And reasonably so.

After an incredible marketing campaign, “Deadpool” (2016) paralleled the hype and fulfilled fans’ expectations. The film snugly filled the shoes of the rated-R movie and was nothing short of hysterical, quirky and amusing. “Deadpool” showcases the perfect balance of unorthodox love, over-the-top action, comical violence and unrefined humor.

Although heavy on the dirty and comic relief, Wade Wilson is a layered character. The writers brilliantly touch base on several humanistic values. The audience relates on levels they wouldn’t have expected because of the film’s exploration of what it means to be a “hero.”

Ryan Reynolds’ enthusiasm and devotion to his character shows through. At this point, it’s difficult to distinguish between Reynolds and Deadpool. His commitment to the role is commendable. While the scars of the “Green Lantern” film remain, it hurts less when we can laugh alongside Deadpool’s several stabs at the film — ahhh, fourth-wall breaking.

And let’s not forget the incredible supporting roles of the armored Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) and the moody Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). Although mostly secondary X-Men characters (and probably the only two characters the studio could afford), their screen time adds so much value to arc of the story. My only complaint is that they don’t have enough screen time!

The film thrives not just as a Marvel film, but as one that satirically mocks and exposes superhero stereotypes. Also, keep an eye out for the demolition of the fourth wall and the innumerable easter eggs throughout the film. The film is a gift that keeps on giving with each watch and is guaranteed to leave old and new fans craving for more.

Selina Pohl is a sophomore History and Biology Pre-Medicine double major. This review reflects the views of the author only. 

1 comment on “REVIEW: ‘Deadpool’ breaks fourth wall and box office records

  1. Interesting review, but it never answers the question of whether or not “fun to watch” is “appropriate to watch”. Followers of Christ beware — at least that’s the review I would give it if I compared it to Phillipians 4:8.

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