By: Heinrich Domingo
Spectacle is when you watched your first firework display and gets stupefied by its beauty. It was magical. It was unforgettable. It was life-changing. But when told to watch the same fireworks the following day and the days after that, you begin to wane interest and act as if it’s just a normal scenery. Deadpool works in the same premise. It flaunts a well-written screenplay. It showcases a never-before-seen character. It presents a hopeful subversive intention. But the audience must be warned. This movie when done again will lose its magic. So while it is still a spectacle, while it is still a novelty, and while it is still revolutionary, watch all of its glory until its last spark dies out.
A former military man named Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) who is living with his girlfriend was diagnosed with multiple organ cancer. Seeking for a miracle cure, he answers to the call of high-profile men working in a secret laboratory. There, he was subjected to several experiments until he mutated into an invincible but physically mutilated super human. But as he gained strength and is cured of cancer, he searches for the man responsible for his mutation (played by Ed Skrein). He hopes to exact revenge and fix his damaged face to have courage in facing his girlfriend. While Wade is in this mission, he masqueraded as Deadpool – a superhuman who works for his selfish desire. In his pursuit, he meets other mutants who might help him get the man he badly wants.
Deadpool brings a cool unpretentious character that would redefine the history of superhero films. It rightly does so mainly through the help of its lovable protagonist and brilliant screenplay. Additional elements such as well-executed cinematography, visual effect, and film editing came next. Until the end, the movie lives up to its promise of bringing something new and amazing.
This film is notable for being too proud. From the beginning, it mocks its own genre satirizing the signature style of its own production house. Why are there only two X-Men mutants living in a massive headquarter? Why would an unqualified comic hero have his movie? The movie goes on in ridiculing clichés and even joking around its plot holes.
Deadpool can be construed as having the intention to crush the stereotype of heroes. Through effective humor and reference to everything popular, viewers for a second consider the film different from its predecessors. Yet, looking closely into its details, one can notice that the movie is the greatest benefactor of the stereotype it ridicules. There is actually no plan to overthrow the hegemony. The plan is to milk on it and pretend that changes are happening. Yet, with or without good intention, this film is outstanding. It is consistent with its theme and all of its elements are well-thought of.
In its apparent bid to bare it all, audience is given the most sexual hero they might imagine. Yet, this is not the classic sex sells tactic. Masturbation and intercourse are dealt strategically that they seem to be necessary in the storyline. Marvel entertainment became brutally honest in introducing an emphatic hero. And, this effort wins the heart of the crowd.
First seen in Ant-Man, the filmmakers created a self-aware character that knows he’s acting in a movie. Deadpool is not your average prim and proper mutant. He’s a total opposite. He is crass and tactless and often politically incorrect. This is exactly what the fans need now. They need a being that could represent the popular culture. They need someone who raps, who loves sex, and who is not perfect. They need a spectacle. But the problem here is, spectacles are not meant to last. They are meant to be fleeting. Deadpool is meant to be momentary. He cannot destroy clichés and build an empire of new clichés. So, while he is out there, consume him and suck in all the powers he has.