Is Deadpool Really Destroying Hollywood?

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Dead Pool
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Are the valves of “Merc with a mouth” hitting the mark? Answer tonight on M6.

Dead Pool will be rebroadcast tonight on M6. When it was released in early 2016, we wondered if 20th Century Fox’s promise was kept. Is the film as subversive as expected? Response elements.

Deadpool has a big advantage over all his superhero allies and adversaries: he is aware of being a fictional character and can break the fourth wall, i.e. speak directly to readers/viewers. Tim Miller logically exploits this specificity to make it the main comic spring of his film but also a critical weapon for Hollywood. Moreover, the offensive was launched well before the release of Dead Pool and was the big promo argument.

On the screen, Ryan Reynolds therefore feeds on jokes about the X-Men (Wolverine in particular), Marvel, Green Lantern, the entire industry… And if it is in this area that Dead Pool is the funniest and most anticipated, the process still has its limits.
Warning, spoilers.

Who is Deadpool

“A film directed by a baltringue with a happy fool”

From the credits, the tone is set. The feature film is not signed Tim Millernor worn by Ryan Reynolds. No, he was “made by a baltringue with a happy fool”. Even before the action starts, we are also promised in bulk: “a hottie” (Morena Baccarin), “a classy villain” (Ed Skrein) and “an expected cameo” (Stan Lee, obviously). The film begins and at the first opportunity, Deadpool turns to the audience to exclaim: “Are you wondering whose balls I stroked to get my movie? It rhymes with Poolwerine and he’s got two pretty Melbournes in his kangaroo pants.” Difficult to do more directly.

The message is clear : “The Merc with a Mouth” found its big mouth, incomprehensibly sewn into X-Men Origins: Wolverine (already produced by Fox and released in 2009), and he has no intention of closing it. Over the course of the plot, he particularly hits on the X-Men (who belong to the same studio), especially with Colossus who insists that he join Professor Xavier’s team. “Which one? McAvoy or Stewart? We get lost in their chronology”he replies in reference to the fact that the mutant currently has two performers in parallel: James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart. Then he points out being surrounded by only two X-Men, Colossus and Negassonic Teenage Warhead (“What a cool name!”): “A third mutant, was it too expensive?”

“Deadpool Sounds Like a Franchise”

Even if it means settling accounts, the mercenary also attacks Green Lantern, another superhero he played for Warner Bros from the DC Comics character, but whose adaptation flopped. When he agrees to be the subject of an experiment to try to cure his cancer, he learns that he may gain superpowers. “I don’t want a green suit!he screams in his hospital bed. Nor in digital. Take that, Hal Jordan. Self-mockery goes a long way, since once transformed into a superhero (and therefore disfigured), Ryan attacks himself by saying: “Of course beauty is everything! Look at Ryan Reynolds, do you think he made a career out of acting?” More surprisingly, his pal Weasel (T. J. Miller) advises him to go talk to a supporting role “to advance the plot”. A little later, when his friend comes back disfigured and is looking for a superhero name, he tells him “Deadpool? Sounds like a franchise” (or how to tell the producers of the film in the film that we would like to give it a sequel).

Until the very end of the credits (where he “alight” the cameos of Samuel L.Jackson at Marvel), Deadpool rolls out his meta jokes without taking the viewer out of the movie. On the contrary, the concept energizes the whole, as during an action scene where he shouts “Have you seen 127 Hours? Warning, spoilers!” before cutting off his arm in the manner of James Franco. Or when he has only 12 bullets left in the face of a multitude of enemies and far from deflating, he asks the spectators to count down with him while starting to shoot…

The two post-credits scenes of Deadpool

“Climb on me like Yoda on Luke”

But you should never overdo the good stuff, and Miller makes that mistake by drowning self-referencing in a deep bath of pop that isn’t always relevant. Even before he got superpowers and went nuts, Wade Wilson dresses like Tyler Durden in fight cluba way of emphasizing from the start the split personality and his taste for contemporary references, insults his bartender friend who pays him back and flirts with a stripper by exaggerating his misfortunes.

The Valentine’s Day sequence is constructed as a salacious parody of a romantic comedy where his girlfriend offers him a position inspired by Star Wars : “Climb on me like Yoda on Luke”. Wade laughs and continues with a nightmare anecdote about Liam Neeson : “I dreamed that I kidnapped his daughter, he was not happy. He made three films about it. Doesn’t that make him the worst father in the world?”. Then the valves are released and the dialogues are repeated until exhaustion – the man in black nicknamed “Agent Smith” every time he appears on screen, the comparisons between the X-Men and boy bands, the young mutant in fashion “worshipping teenager”… The most critical replies to the Hollywood industry are drowned in the middle of all these mainstream references, which defuses any attempt to produce discourse. But now that he has his own franchise, the mercenary has time to sharpen his weapons.

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