Rob Liefeld. Creator of Deadpool. The biggest douche bag in the comics industry, and the fans are going bat shit crazy over his pride and joy’s first movie. I wanted to hate this film so bad.
But I didn’t.
I worked on so many levels – the casting was extraordinary, the jokes fit well, the editing worked, the music was chosen perfectly, and overall the movie looked great! I can see why everyone fell in love with it and have seen it multiple times in its opening weekend.
I won’t be.
See, I’m truly conflicted here. The creator of Deadpool, Rob Liefeld, is someone I truly dislike. His outspoken ways about the comics industry in general are enough for me to think he’s a tool, but the way he’s called comic creators out doesn’t help his case as well. He’s also a shitty artist who really needs to stop.
I’ve also never been a fan of Deadpool. I tried to get into the comic a few years ago, and while the first few reads were fun, after a full year of reading the book, it never turned into anything except pages of cheap laughs, stupid one liners, and a character who’s purpose never developed further than what I’ve already listed.
With that being said, I also recognize that Deadpool is meant for a certain type of audience. I’m not against violence, sex, or other adult oriented material on the big screen, but my cinematic appetite craves something more substantial than simply that.
And don’t worry, I wasn’t so jaded that I didn’t notice an emotionally driven plot, giving the character a much sympathetic persona. He was tormented, scared, and had to deal with a certain level of low self-esteem. That, in and of itself, was something I appreciated.
With the combination of disliking the creator, and disliking the character of Deadpool just as much, I had very low expectations going into the film. But here’s where my conflict comes into play. I always try to go into a movie and rate it as an entity by itself – not judging how well it stays true to the source material, but based on what it was trying to accomplish as a film. And the truth is, Deadpool, as a film in and of itself, was good!
I won’t go into the hype of the R rating. It seems the majority of people like it mostly for that reason. I also won’t go into the how parents who takes their children to an R rated film really aren’t paying close attention to the rating system anymore. What I will say about the film is that, while I do think it was good, it isn’t great.
Deadpool’s story is fun, but predictable. it’s smart, but typical. It does most things right, but isn’t innovative or necessarily creative. All of its elements work exactly the way they should, but nothing that happens is new or different. The writing works great, but nothing about it screams exceptional. Everything about Deadpool works, and it works well. But nothing about Deadpool merits the hype its received.
It’s fun. Plain and simple. And that, by itself, makes the movie worth going to see. I did find myself a little bored in some spots, and I also wondered if some of the jokes (like the repetitive use of Christmas) was a little TOO repetitive. But, as always, Ryan Reynolds kicks major ass, and the references he makes, as Deadpool, to…well…everything, was so well done.
So, how do I, in my own mind, make it OK for me to have enjoyed a movie about a character I don’t like, created by someone I think is a bad mark on the comics industry overall?
Well, Deadpool is a douche nozzle. Rob Liefeld is a douche nozzle. Could it be possible that this movie, while being entertaining, is also giving us a clear representation of the type of person Rob Liefeld actually is? He’s a tool, smart mouthed, a smart ass, knows how to market a property no matter how bad it is, and always uses insults as a way of compensating for his own inadequacy…..yeah, this seems like Liefeld. In turn, like Deadpool
While I know this is not what the film was trying to do, something small, deep inside of me wants to believe it to be so. So this movie, for me, sums up Rob Liefeld to perfection.
I know this is me finding an excuse to hate on Liefeld, but when you don’t like someone, it’s hard not to find an excuse to do so.
Oh, beware of full frontal nudity, if you care about that. And for the most part, the violence isn’t that bad. Some scenes MAY force you to slightly cover your eyes, but if you’re use to Tarantino films, Deadpool’s violence doesn’t hold a candle to it.