'Deadpool' Shatters the Fourth Wall in Movie Debut

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 at 7:46 PM
'Deadpool' Shatters the Fourth Wall in Movie Debut  by Anna Ashcraft
‘Deadpool’ has the weekend record for highest grossing rated ‘R’ movie. It was the top weekend opening movie and the top opening for a February film, as well.

Deadpool, one of the most infamous, foul mouthed anti-heroes of all time, has smashed box office records for an R-rated film, securing the top opening weekend and the top opening for a February film. It’s also rated among the top 10 comic book movie openings of all time, and is an R-Rated superhero movie, which is rare, but essential due to 90 percent of the movie being dirty jokes and violence.

Created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza, Deadpool was first mentioned in “New Mutants #98,” (1991), and became part of the Marvel Universe. Deadpool throws out references to “X-Men” throughout the movie, such as Vanessa, who is Copycat in the comics, Megan Orlovsky, a young girl who hires Wilson to scare a stalker away from her in the beginning of the film, and, of course, Weasel, Deadpool’s weapons and tech guy since “Deadpool v. 1 #1.”

Deadpool (Wade Wilson), played by Ryan Reynolds, is a fabulous collaboration, which falls somewhere between sheer insanity and a storytelling narrative, though short on the narrative. Deadpool is a mercenary in the comics and movie, with a side of heart, and is extremely smart-mouthed and vulgar. His weapon of choice: two Katanas. And his healing ability subsequently gives him immortality, making for one hell of a killing machine.

The movie played up Deadpool’s smart mouth and violence. Reynolds brought the character to life, making Deadpool even more hilarious, if even possible, with scenes full of emotion that turn funny right away. The movie strayed from the comics in regards to the timing and how Deadpool actually got his powers; it focused solely on the relationship between Wade and Vanessa, fitting for a valentine’s weekend.

Disappointingly, the screenwriters did not touch on Deadpool’s real love, the cosmic entity Death. As the story goes, death regarded him as a kindred spirit.

The movie follows the origin story of how Wilson contracted stage four cancer and his involvement in the Weapon X program, which brought out his mutation, his healing factor. The main focus was, unfortunately, a love story, and not the one with death. Wilson flashes back to his relationship with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) throughout the beginning, giving background to his current life.

He left her before he went into Weapon X, rather than make her live with a terminally ill man, and she was later kidnapped by Ajax (Ed Skrein), the evil scientist who tortured him, along with the other Weapon X victims and made him Deadpool.

The film did not touch on any other X-Men besides Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Colossus (Daniel Cudmore).

Reynolds had been trying for 11 years to get this film made, and finally once some footage leaked on the Internet, mysteriously, and became a big deal, the studio decided to give the film a go.

“The truth is I never got the movie made. I begged and pleaded, but we shot a bit of test footage years ago, it sat on a shelf at Fox and one day, it accidentally leaked on the Internet, and here we are,” Reynold’s said to Sky News.

Luckily, the film did not leave out the best parts of Deadpool’s character, his love for saying “Chimichanga” and his habit of breaking the fourth wall and talking to the audience. Deadpool is the only comic book character to ever realize he’s a character and actually talk to the audience.

Go check out Deadpool either in theaters or, if you can manage to wait, when it’s playing at Scots Cinema from April 20-24 in Frank G. Pogue Student Center.

Anna Ashcraft is the Managing Editor of Features for The Spectator.

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