Film Review: Deadpool (Very light spoilers)

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapičić, and Leslie Uggams.

Directed by: Tim Miller

Written by: Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese

What’s it about?

If you haven’t seen the trailers, well here’s the basics in a nutshell. Wade Wilson, merc for hire has cancer in multiple organs. He falls in with a shady organisation that promises to cure him. Unfortunately the process turns him from this

to this

Naturally, he doesn’t like that, and escapes, presumed dead. Then he hunts down the men who disfigured him, planning to force them to fix his face. But everything goes sideways once his paramour is kidnapped…

In review

Deadpool right from the get go is a visual feast with him plunging almost immediately into combat and absolutely slaughtering all the goons in his way. Right away you know this is going to be a welcome breath of fresh air where superhero movies are constantly upping the ante with world destruction/domination. As Deadpool himself says, ‘I’m no hero’, and proves it with no regard at all for collateral damage in a truly beautiful destructive sequence that results in a car pile up of epic proportions. Poetry meeting Tarantino.

The movie is crazily fun and has a lot of heart. It’s a sex comedy, a romance, an action-packed pursuit of revenge, a cartoon. It’s outrageous, it’s kooky, it’s fun. Ryan Reynolds is an amazing fit for the role – perhaps just as much as Robert Downey Junior has long since proven himself to be for Iron Man – and brings the character alive on the big screen in a way that feels like its been perfectly taken out of a comic book. From his snark and irreverent attitude to almost everyone to fourth wall breaking and martial prowess, it’s safe to say that Fox has more than redeemed the character since…let’s not talk about that film.

Whilst I do have some quibbles – such as Deadpool’s pansexuality from the comics only being hinted at at best, his powers being dampened down – they are minor at best, and do not really detract from the experience. It was a pleasure to watch, and it’ll be fun to see the next Deadpool movie and see how our friend in red spandex has developed. Yeah, a sequel got greenlighted before the first one was even released. It’s that good.

Now go watch it.

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