I’m probably going to get a lot of backlash for this article, but such is the world of writing. Deadpool has been one of the most interesting success stories in the world of comic book movies since the MCU. Everybody I hear talk about can’t give it enough praise, and they all begged me for weeks and months to go out and see it. While I was never a huge Deadpool fan, I was confident that the film did a lot of justice to the character.
However, it was when friends were speaking to me about Deadpool that I realized something interesting and quite angering: nobody said a single negative thing about it. You talk about a Marvel film, and suddenly everybody gets in on the action easily pointing out its flaws (anybody who talked about Age of Ultron can tell you that).
I’ve determined that the reason for this is the Deadpool fanbase. They’re everywhere. They just love the character because of his snark, breaking the fourth wall attitude. All they’ve gotten him in is that silly X-Men Origins movie, and so seeing a movie that finally does the character well is so awesome to them, that they, and many other viewers, have turned a blind eye to what it did wrong. I’m guessing if you’re reading this article, you did too.
Deadpool isn’t perfect, and here are 12 big mistakes that you overlooked throughout the movie.
12. The Plot
Until his girlfriend gets kidnapped, the plot remains very simple, if not downright questionable. Wade is dying from cancer, so he opts to get operated on, Weapon X style. However, the procedure turns him ugly, and now Deadpool wants revenge. It seems like his hideousness is his fault. After all, the procedure worked, he has a healing factor, and can no longer be killed. But he’s mad because he’s ugly. Perhaps the plot is also meant to reflect the silliness of the character, but regardless, it’s poor motivation at best. I’d be pretty mad too if someone made me ugly in that procedure, but the blame would be on me for agreeing to the procedure being done by some shady people.
11. Sexual Content
We all knew the movie was going to be rated R. Many times when something is rated R, however, studios feel like now that they’ve crossed that line, they can essentially add in whatever they want – one of those things being sexual content like nudity and such. That’s exactly what they did in Deadpool- it simply didn’t need to be there. Before you tell me that “it’s part of the character”, I will tell you that I’ve read Deadpool comics that were good, and Marvel didn’t feel the need to insert any sexual content into them.
10. The Score
Deadpool is an irreverent character full of off the wall comments and references. He’s the merc with a mouth for crying out loud. So the choices for all those pop songs like X Gon’ Give It To You fit the tone of the movie incredibly well. They play off of the structure they’re trying to give the film. However, when you get to the actual tunes in the movie, you immediately forget them. It feels more like they’re trying to make Deadpool seem more epic, but ultimately it falls flat. Just stick with the pop songs, that works for him a lot better.
9. Too Irreverent for Mainstream
Now, Ryan Reynolds is aware of this, and the movie is too. Deadpool will never be seen by certain audiences because they think it’s too graphic, too raunchy, or whatever. Others may never see it simply because it’s rated R. Granted, the film did incredibly well despite the circumstances it found itself in, but, it will never be as popular as the makers want it to be. Had the movie released around the summertime, it would’ve been heavily overshadowed by Captain America: Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse, and other huge blockbusters.
8. The Jokes Are Hit and Miss
Deadpool is a character all about his script, so it was incredibly important that Fox got this one right. And when we saw the trailers, we were convinced that they did. After all, the jokes were unique and funny, but unfortunately for Deadpool, the trailers contained most of the good ones. Essentially, what happened throughout the movie is that there were just different ways of making fun of the same thing. Once you catch on to that, you can almost tell where the next joke will be directed. It’s the sort of thing that gets old pretty quickly
7. Ajax is Forgettable
For a movie trying to distinguish itself from the MCU while poking fun at it, it oddly recreates some of the same problems. For example, the villain Ajax was one of the most forgettable villains on the big screen. He was bulletproof and really strong, but that was simply so that there was an excuse to have a cool fight scene at the end of the movie. Ajax was never compelling or frightening for that matter. He was just a means to an end that audiences were all happy to see Deadpool take.
6. Tone Is All Over the Place
Sometimes it’s a comedy. Other times it’s an action movie. And it can even take the form of a romance movie. Pick one, don’t try to do all of them. Throughout the film’s runtime, it seems as if the directors couldn’t decide what movie they wanted to make, so they shoehorned all different directions into it. It makes it hard to follow the film, as you never know what emotion they’re trying to evoke out of you next. When you juggle those elements in a story, it’s good to have little moments of them to compliment the overarching conflict, but don’t change the tone for it.
5. Little X-Men Relation
When Fox was making Deadpool, fans and critics alike were excited to see if this could mean a potential crossover with the X-Men universe. And the two mutants we got in the movie were Colossus and… Negasonic Teenage Warhead? Granted, Deadpool does poke fun of this in the movie, but that doesn’t make the problem go away. There could have easily been a Wolverine cameo, because a movie with the two of them would be awesome. It just seems counter-productive to make a character part of the same universe, and then mostly ignore that connection.
4. Offensive Content (from Other Characters)
When I heard that there were some jokes that were too offensive to make it into the movie, I knew that audiences were getting something special with Deadpool. Some of the dialogue was going to be brutal. I know that’s kind of Deadpool’s shtick, but having everyone make the same jokes just feels really unnecessary. Unlike in the comics, it feels like we are actually watching Deadpool in his own world, not necessarily him reacting to reality. Regardless, all of the offensive jokes work for Deadpool, just not necessarily for everyone else, audience included.
3. Side Characters Are Underdeveloped
In a movie called Deadpool, it would make the most sense that you would want to get the title character correct. However, for everyone whose name isn’t Deadpool in the movie, they get severely short-handed. There wasn’t anybody else who stuck out, and they all really felt like one-dimensional characters. Even the girl he was trying to save in the end didn’t have much depth to her at all. And all of his little friends that are making jokes at him, too, are just there to make jokes. There isn’t anything else to them to set them apart as individuals.
2. Ignores the Female Fans
Deadpool’s marketing was phenomenal. Making itself seem like a cheap romantic comedy coming out on Valentine’s Day was genius. However, from the first marketing to the beginning of the movie, you can see what audience Fox was expecting to get. One of the very first lines makes a stab saying something to the effect of, “You girls in the audience must be wondering why I’m stabbing a guy” kind of thing. There are female Deadpool fans; I’ve met them. Unfortunately, nobody gave Fox the memo, and what results is a good chunk of the character’s fanbase feeling a little short-handed.
1. Just An Extended Trailer
This was a concern of mine when I watched the first trailer for Deadpool. Yeah it was funny, but was the movie going to have anything else to surprise us when it finally hit the theaters? Nope. If you’ve seen the trailers, then you know exactly what to expect for the film. Even the jokes set the tone for what quips you should expect as well. While it was entertaining, there isn’t anything different you would get out of the movie that you didn’t already get from the teaser.