Deadpool (2016)


Tim Miller

Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Gina Carano

Other notable appearances:
Stan Lee

Running time:
108 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man


When former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Reynolds) is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he chooses to leave his fiancee Vanessa (Baccarin) to undergo an experimental cure.

While the cure unlocks accelerated healing powers, it leaves Wade disfigured and believing he cannot return to Vanessa. Instead, Wade adopts the name Deadpool and seeks revenge against the man whose treatment disfigured him.

First and foremost, this is not a film for children. Several parents at the cinema I was in had children under the age of 10 with them. Some left after the first testicle fondling joke, some didn’t and had to take crying children out of the cinema at various other points in the film. So if you’re here because your kids love the Marvel movies, be warned – the R rating is there for several reasons.

As an adult nerd though, Deadpool is balls to the wall action with hilarious pop culture references and inappropriate humour. That is to say it was fantastic.

Reynolds is made for the role of Deadpool. His portrayal of the merc with a mouth is lots of fun to watch. From the wise arse comments to the heart wrenching realisation he cannot return to his love, Reynolds nails it all.

The rest of the cast support Reynolds in his role as Deadpool without stepping on the toes of the enormous character already on screen. This is perfect as anyone else vying for attention on the screen would have only ruined the larger than life performance given by Reynolds. The support cast played their roles perfectly.

Most superhero origin stories are fairly simple in terms of plot. Deadpool is no different. This is a good thing because it works. This is not to say that Deadpool isn’t original, it just means it is easy to follow. It doesn’t let the story become unnecessarily convoluted and get in the way of the laughs and action.

The soundtrack to Deadpool was a must buy as soon as the film had finished. I’m listening to it as I write this. There is great diversity throughout the soundtrack with classics like Angel of the Morning by Julie Newton and Calendar Girl by Neil Sedaka in contrast alongside more contemporary hits like Wham’s Careless Whisper and Shoop by Salt-n-Pepa. Bringing the rest of the soundtrack are original score tracks by Junkie XL and the fun Deadpool Rap by Teamheadkick.

Jokes are made throughout Deadpool in reference to Reynolds’ past role as DC’s Green Lantern; the studio not providing more numerous or popular X-Men characters; and referencing the actors who portray other popular Marvel characters. There is no fourth wall. The humour in Deadpool is at times filthy, at times very dark and always very clever.

I made a joke before the film due to how tired I was that if it managed to keep me awake, it would get five stars. While I did stay awake, Deadpool earned its five stars for so much more.

Rating: 5/5

“Just promise me you’ll do right by me, so I can do right by someone else. And don’t make the suit green. Or animated!”


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