The reason I picked this particular quote to represent my writing today, is because sometimes I feel like that monkey stuck in a room typing random characters that accidentally hammered out Hamlet.
In my film class we were asked to write a review, a critique and a theory regarding a new movie that was released during the same time frame as our class. I have chosen to write about Deadpool because I didn’t see any other movies this semester. This is my attempt at a Film Critique revolving around Deadpool.
Deadpool was released to theaters on February 12, 2016. It is a comedy/action movie directed by Tim Miller and adapted for screen by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick from a comic book written by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as the protagonist, Morena Baccarin as his love interest, and Ed Skrein rounding out the film as the main antagonist. This movie is definitely categorized as a blockbuster with a 58 million dollar budget and, so far, the film has grossed 355 million in the US alone. Deadpool is the newest installation of the Marvel Comic brand, which has had strong roots in the past decade, reviving a franchise made popular through comic books in the 1960s. While Deadpool has its roots in Marvel comics, it is definitely not its bright shining diamond (or in this case, it’s bright shining gold and red ruby (Iron Man)). Deadpool if anything is the under-belly of Marvel Comics universe. It is the dirty uncle that you try to keep from coming to family gatherings even though you want to hang out with and party with that same uncle on Friday nights. Deadpool is irreverent, witty, extremely dirty, and cinematically a great movie to watch.
Based on Marvel Comic’s anti-hero, or “Merc with a mouth”, it tells the origin story of a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson. Wilson, in an attempt to cure his life threatening cancer, subjects himself to a forced mutation that leaves him horribly disfigured, but with extraordinary healing ability. His mutation is similar to another Marvel comic’s anti-hero Wolverine mutative healing abilities, however the mutative cells also allow his cancer to regenerate, leaving him disfigured, which is why he dons the mask of Deadpool.
The movie Deadpool opens with the song “Angel in the Morning” playing with a slow-motion fight scene showing complete destruction with a montage of 360 shots and irreverent credits mixed in. Instead of the normal credits, which most films present, the director Tim Miller used this exposition time to hint at what will come. He uses these cheeky credits to represent not who the characters are, but what they represent. Miller pokes fun at not only the characters, but also the writers, the actors and even himself. For example, the opening montage presents the character exposition by crediting “Some Douchebag’s film”. Miller introduces the star as “God’s Perfect Idiot”, at which time it cuts away to Ryan Reynold’s People magazine’s cover of the “sexiest man alive”. The credits go on to describe each person in the film, “a hot chick”, “a British Villain”, “the Comic relief”, “a moody teen” and “A CGI Character”. He introduces Stan Lee as “A Gratuitous Cameo” due to his appearances in every Marvel comic movie. He continues to lampoon the producers, the writers and himself with comments like “Produced by asshats”, “written by the real heroes here” and “directed by an overpaid tool”. The only groups that Tim Miller did not parody was Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Comics, who he chose to name in traditional fashion. Everyone else was fair game, including himself, showing that this movie is not concerned with ego. In fact, it really is not concerned about anything. The ending scene of the montage shows Deadpool giving some person a Junior High style wedgie, while in the midst of a car flipping through the air, a scene that clearly demonstrates Deadpool’s immortality. These details combine to perfectly introduce the character of Deadpool to an audience who may or may not be familiar with the Deadpool of the comic book era. In all, Tim Miller used the credit manipulation perfectly to introduce all the characters to the audience, and to give an idea of what the movie was going to be about which perfectly executes the exposition of the film.