REVIEW: Deadpool (2016)

deadpool posterAfter discovering he has cancer, mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) submits himself for experimental treatment. The treatment gives him accelerated healing but it also severely disfigures him so Wade’s soon out for revenge on the people who experimented on him.

Deadpool was always going to be a strange film. It’s based on a Marvel superhero (or should that be anti-hero) who commits bloody murder, swears and breaks the fourth wall. It’s not the typical superhero film we’ve become accustomed to and it revels in that. Deadpool deserves its 15 certificate – there’s nudity, profanity, very bloody violence and sex – it’s really what you’d expect or want from a film about Deadpool.

The way this film deals with the typical origin story we see time and time again in superhero films is great. It isn’t exactly linear and that works great for this character. It makes it feel different and you don’t have to wait for an hour to see the guy start wearing a costume.

Ryan Reynolds is brilliant as Wade Wilson/Deadpool and the film does a great job at showing that Wade was always a smart mouth who makes odd pop culture references even before he became almost invincible. Reynolds has great chemistry with all his co-stars whether it’s Morena Baccarin as his love interest Vanessa, T.J. Miller as his best friend Weasel or Stefan Kapicic as the X-Man Colossus who helps tie Deadpool to the X-Men films. Everyone works incredibly well together and the dialogue and jokes between them are a highlight of the film.

The actual plot of Deadpool is pretty small-scale compared to a lot of the recent superhero movies – it’s more Ant-Man than Avengers: Age of Ultron in terms of character motive and end-of-the-world-ness. Having it more of a personal story for Wade means that there’s a lot of good character beats and you find yourself caring about him and the people who are on his side.

The meta humour is the best thing about the character of Deadpool and it was the best thing in this film. Whether it was the references to the X-Men films or other superhero films Ryan Reynolds has been in they were always note perfect. Self-referential humour is a bit of a weakness for me and while quite a few of the jokes made me smile rather than laugh, the references and fourth wall-breaking made me laugh out loud.

Deadpool is a lot of fun but it won’t be for everyone. My final words have got to be a shout out to Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) for being a really cool and badass character and I want to see her (along with possible other X-Men *cough*Wolverine*cough*) to appear in the sequel. 4/5.


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