deadpool - ryan reynolds

Directed By: Tim Miller

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, TJ Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapičić.

In his most violent, crude and true-to-form self, Deadpool sees the Merc with the Mouth seek full redemption in one of the most outrageous superhero movies to date.

Gone are the days of CGI animated green suits and sewn shut mouths for one Ryan Reynolds. In a full redemption for the infamous character, and Reynolds himself, Deadpool delivers a true adaptation of the Merc with the Mouth filled to the brim with self-referential humour, crude innuendo and over the top violence to full entertainment value.

After an experiment gone wrong, Wade Wilson is left physically disfigured while newly accustomed with superhuman abilities. Donning a red jump suit (so the bad guys can’t see him bleed, as Deadpool puts ever so elegently) and vast weaponry to the core, Wilson sets a mission to track down the people responsible for his disfigurement, all the more saving the woman he loves. Sounds trite and derivative? Indeed it is, and Deadpool knows it.

Faithful to its original comic book form, Deadpool glorifies in being as irreverent and violent as any other Marvel production. Step back, Avengers. There’s a new man in town. And he has a mouth.

Previous attempts in breaking into the superhero genre have proven sour for one Ryan Reynolds. From his sewn-shut performance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine to his critically reviled portrayal as Green Lantern, the superhero genre has been far from kind to Reynolds’ career. In lieu of a test footage being leaked near two years ago, Deadpool saw a chance at redemption, to show that the superhero had a presence within Fox’s universe of characters.

Not only will Deadpool satisfy its most hardcore fans, it indulges in self-referential humour and gratuitous violence to full blown, popcorn-munching quality entertainment. An early place holder in one of the year’s most fun time at the movies.

Featuring the violent workings of a Tarantino feature and the juvenile humour of a Family Guy episode, Deadpool sees that it differentiates itself far from the distinguishes of a Marvel film. Entertaining as all hell, Deadpool strives to not only individualise itself from its respective brand, but to lampoon it too.

Poking jabs at Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine and the dual roles of McAvoy and Stewart‘s Charles Xavier, Deadpool is completely aware of itself at all times whilst satires the very genre it stands in. A truthful adaptation of its very comic,Deadpool sees its meta and fourth-walk breaking, a la Ferris Bueller, to cinematic gold.

Talking to us in sporadic moments throughout the film, Deadpool’s dialogue to the audience offers top laughs brought to us via the charismatic energy of that of Ryan Reynolds.

Crafting the comedic sensibilities of Van Wilder and the violent nature of Smokin’ Aces, Reynolds inhabits Wade Wilson to hilarious results, all the more delivering the perfect Deadpool comic-book fans have only dreamt about. After having his mouth shut sewn shut, Reynolds exonerates himself as Wade Wilson to a magnificent performance from the leading star, a role a hard envisioning another actor take on.

Following his comedic stardom on HBO’s Silicon Valley, TJ Miller delivers outstanding laughs while fellow X-Men companions in Colossus and Nega Sonic Teenage Warhead (Stefan Kapičić and Brianna Hildebrand, respectively) offer fun and entertaining roles outside your usual X-Men ensemble cast.

However, amongst the bloodshed and fight sequences, Deadpool establishes itself as a love story (Deadpool himself makes clear early in the film). Vanessa, played by Morena Baccarin, delivers delightful chemistry between Reynolds’ Wilson. As tumultuous and adoring as any couple, Deadpool delivers a truly oddball romantic comedy among the blood and gore that surrounds its narrative.  The perfect date movie in time for the film’s convenient Valentine’s Day release.

In recognition of the comic’s gratuitous nature, the violence is as relenting and blood-fuelled as any other Marvel endeavour. The film’s fight sequences alongside Deadpool and Ed Skrein‘s Ajax are well-choreographed and shot to perfection, a palette that gorgeously accentuates colours to glowing results.


Perhaps its most worthy quality however, is the film’s sense of urgency. There isn’t any and that’s the beauty of it. Deadpool never strives to replicate an X-Men standalone film nor an Avengers-like title. There is never a need to save the world from a global takeover, simply opting for a personal revenge tale as well as a love story between Wade and Vanessa.

Deadpool stands on its own as a superhero film, a breath of fresh air from the bombastic Hollywood blockbusters and big-budget explosions. Deadpool is aware that audiences have seen origin story after origin story to derivative results time and time again. Superhero movies are always fun but with Deadpool, the film refuses to take itself seriously.

Featuring a beyond meta opening credits sequence and an unforgettable post credits scene, Deadpool is unlike any other superhero film audiences have seen, featuring the violence and laughs in a genre that deserves such.

From the likings of Salt n’ Pepa, the poeticism of DMX and an amazing score from Junkie XL, Deadpool features the most diverse yet most odd soundtrack of the year. While some jokes hit and miss throughout the film, the delivery and comedic stylings of the cast deliver the film to riotous results, single-handedly featuring the best Stan Lee cameo ever put on screen. Featuring the most violent, the most funny and the most nudity you’ll ever see in a Marvel film, Deadpool sets a new standard for superhero movies for the coming time.

An unforgettable and sheer fun time at the movies, Deadpool sees the Merc with the Mouth finally reach cinematic gold in a full redemption for its leading man. Good luck, Batman and Superman. You’ve got a tough act to follow.

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