Deadpool

"Very Good"

Deadpool Review


Both the filmmakers and the characters on-screen are so pleased with themselves that this might just be the smuggest movie ever made. Thankfully, it's also very funny. It's a passion project for actor-producer Ryan Reynolds, who throws himself fully into his role as a snarky mercenary who becomes an indestructible superhero with nothing to lose. And in addition to a constant stream of irreverent humour, he underscores the film's snarkiness with some real emotion.

Reynolds plays Wade, a thug for hire who works out of a bar run by his comical pal Weasel (T.J. Miller), and when he meets fellow mercenary Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), it's love at first sight. The feisty pair match each other with sharp tongues and brutal physicality, but their romance is shaken when Wade is secretly diagnosed with end-stage cancer. His only hope lies in a shady treatment from the ropey Ajax (Ed Skrein) and his sidekick Angel Dust (Gina Carano), which turns out to literally be torture. Sure, it cures his cancer and sparks his innate mutant healing power, but it leaves him hideously scarred. As he sets out to get revenge, two young X-Men (Brianna Hildebrand's Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Stefan Kapcic's Colossus) try to recruit him to their cause. And Wade, now known as Deadpool, tries to work up the nerve to show Vanessa what's left of him.

All of this is revealed early on, as Wade's back-story is recounted in a series of flashbacks in the middle of a massive opening action sequence. And once we're caught up, the story heads into a succession of massive climactic action sequences. Fortunately, there are some quieter moments in between that are both hilarious and involving. Reynolds effortlessly bridges the film's wild mood swings. His sassy attitude and feisty physicality feed cleverly into his riveting chemistry with Baccarin, whose character starts off strongly before dissolving into the standard hackneyed girlfriend role.

For a movie that gleefully pokes fun at cliches in the superhero genre, it also indulges in all of the worst ones at every opportunity. The script merrily breaks the fourth wall (Deadpool knows he's in a blockbuster movie), directly addressing audience expectations and the problems with the genre, so it seems a bit lazy that filmmakers haven't come up with an alternative to the standard narrative structure. Fans won't mind because all of this self-awareness is genuinely amusing. But those tired of the genre will find it insufferable. Frankly, without Reynolds' engaging presence it would be exhausting to watch. Instead, he fills scenes with charm, humour, sex-appeal and emotion, so we like him even though, like most of the characters, we also want to slap him.

Rich Cline

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Deadpool

Facts and Figures

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run time: 108 mins

In Theaters: Friday 12th February 2016

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Production compaines: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, LLC, Marvel Enterprises

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Fresh: 66 Rotten: 15

IMDB: 8.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Tim Miller

Starring: as Wade Wilson / Deadpool, as Angel Dust, as Vanessa Carlysle / Copycat, Taylor Hickson as Meghan Orlovsky, Brianna Hildebrand as Ellie Phimister / Negasonic Teenage Warrior, T.J. Miller as Weasel, as Ajax, Andre Tricoteux as Piotr Rasputin / Colossus, as The Recruiter, as Blind Al, Karan Soni as Dopinder, Paul Lazenby as Flight Deck Guard, as Strip Club DJ

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