Marvel Comics’ most famous anti-hero comes to Digital HD 11th May. After it’s successful cinematic run, the digital release of Deadpool comes with a ton of special features attached to it, providing plenty of extra entertainment after viewing an already very entertaining film.
In Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds plays Wade Wilson, a former special forces agent, and current mercenary-for-hire. After meeting Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), the woman of his dreams, he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. A shady government organization offers to cure him of his cancer, all the while giving him special super-powered abilities. With the chance of survival meaning he can live out his days with Vanessa, he reluctantly takes up the offer. After going through the torturous treatment, Wade comes out cured – but disfigured. He then becomes Deadpool and vows to find and kill the man that made him that way, the evil scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein).
Ryan Reynolds was the perfect choice for this role and it shows in his performance. After briefly starring as Deadpool in the poorly received X-Men: Origins a few years ago, Reynolds has finally received the chance to do the character justice in his own film. Reynolds has the right amount of wit and comedic timing to play Deadpool and even though he wears a mask for a lot of the film, his movements, and mannerisms, as well as a bit of help from the VFX team help bring the character to life. Other characters that stand out include Colossus (played by five different actors to create him) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), who are a part of the X-Men team and come to Deadpool’s aid in order to try and convert him into joining their team. Unfortunately, the villains Ajax and his hench-woman Angel Dust (Gina Carano) are a bit shallow, which is no fault of the actors but rather a recurring trend that has existed in most of the villainous Marvel character’s on-screen portrayals in recent times. It seems like a lot of the focus and development is placed on the heroes of the Marvel universe in their films whilst the villains get less of a look.
The film excels in its action set pieces, as expected. It seems like every comic-book film tries to top the last one whenever a new one is released, which is also true of Deadpool. The film is very special-effects heavy, but it works fine and adds to the overall enjoyment of the film. The violence is over the top and may shock some viewers if they don’t know what to expect before going in, which is never a problem.
Where Deadpool falls a bit short is in the story department. It’s a basic origin story and one that doesn’t really try to cover any new ground in that department. If you were to take out the novelty of the violence and swearing, it would be no different to almost any other origin film you’ve seen based on a comic-book character. But then again, Deadpool fans go to the film for the violence and swearing so the story doesn’t really matter at the end of the day.
Deadpool is unlike any other mainstream comic-book-film release we’ve seen before. It’s violent, vulgar and very funny, a film specifically intended for an older audience. It’s a quirky and welcome addition to the massively expanding slate of comic-book films hitting theatres at present and over the coming years. While the film doesn’t offer anything groundbreaking, it’s a nice change of pace to what we’re used to, which is always refreshing.
The digital edition also comes jam-packed with heaps of special features, including an eighty-minute documentary on the making of the film. Along with that are a gag reel, deleted and extended scenes, galleries, and audio commentaries. There’s plenty there to keep you entertained after the film’s done.
Deadpool is available on Digital HD 11 May and on Blu-ray™ & DVD May 25.
Ryan Reynolds full body makeup took eight hours to apply. Once it was on, he was not able to sit or lie down.