I am a huge Marvel fan. I’ve been avidly following the MCU movies and television shows and, even though I don’t read comic books as much as I’d want to, I also really try to stay on top of some of the things that happen in the comics. My favorite is for sure the “Captain America” (soon to be) trilogy, and I could talk for hours about why that is, but the bottom line is that I love me some tortured hero with a tragic back story and a bunch of personal loss who still strives to do good because I like pain and suffering, apparently. I also really enjoy Marvel’s ventures in more comical grounds, like with “Ant-Man” last year, a movie that I had absolutely no expectations and that really surprised me. I was a bit more resistant to “Deadpool”, however, and I figured it would be nice to talk a little bit about my thoughts on this movie.
As a feminist, I tend to follow a bunch of debates online. I agree with some of them, others not so much, but I always try to read and take something out of them. I saw some women talking about this movie in a few groups that I’m in and saying that it was problematic in some aspects. I think it’s important to say here that even though I watch things critically and tend to observe misogyny in media products, I’m also a film/television student, so a part of me also watches stuff realizing that there may be artistic intent behind some decisions that might not look all that great.
In any case, I went to see “Deadpool” carrying all these different notions: being a fan of superhero movies, not actually knowing much about Deadpool himself and having a few reservations about the actual content they would deal with here. I’m happy to say that I was really satisfied with what I saw! I won’t get too spoiler-y here so that I don’t ruin it to everyone else, but I was hooked on the movie from the opening credits. I love it when movies are meta and use the resource of breaking the fourth wall wisely, and I particularly love it when visual assets are well employed and compliment the narrative, and “Deadpool” succeeds in all of these aspects. I enjoyed all the not-so-subtle nods to the Marvel Universe, and how Deadpool seems like just another guy who watches comic book movies. I liked how relatable to our world the movie’s universe is.
Back to the criticisms the movie got, I have to say that I don’t agree with them. It’s clear from the beginning that the character is definitely not a model hero by any means, and that nothing he does is supposed to be taken as exemplar behavior by the audience. His motives for wanting to catch the bad guy are essentially selfish, even if he had the whole tragic back story to begin with.
I thought Ryan Reynolds, who is a pretty average actor most of the time, did a really good job here, knowing exactly when to make fun of himself and of the universe in which he is inserted. The low point for me is that, in comparison to the other Marvel movies that have been coming out recently (be they Fox or Disney movies), this one feels small. This is addressed during the movie, but it would work better with the rest of the franchise if were more on par with the other productions. However, I felt like it was a fun interlude between the heavier and serious movies that come out every other year. Have you seen “Deadpool”? What did you think of it?
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