Movie Review | Deadpool (Lights, Camera, Action!)

By Freda Cooper 13.02.2016 7

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Deadpool (UK Rating: 15)

2016 looks set to be the "Year of the Superhero." There are at least six movies on the schedule, including Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse in May alone, but, before they arrive, here comes something of a warm up act. Not so much a hero as an anti-hero, because Deadpool - the movie and the character - follows the tradition of righting wrongs, but does it with total irreverence and spectacular violence.
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Currently in cinemas and, by all accounts, heading for the number one slot at the British Box Office, the film sees mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) finding the love of his life, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), when he's diagnosed with a terminal disease. He takes a rogue cure and it works - but it also leaves him horribly disfigured, so he sets out to track down the man responsible, hiding his hideous appearance under the Spandex costume and persona of Deadpool.

It might be an extension of the original Wade, but it's still one heck of a persona, and he takes the proverbial out of everything. It all starts with the opening credits, which are less than polite about the director and producer. Elderly Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), with whom he shares his house, and a female teen hero rejoicing in the name of Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), are both on the receiving end of his non-stop flippancy. He takes great joy in talking directly to the audience about breaking down the convention of the fourth wall, and, perhaps most sacrilegious of all, he takes great pleasure at poking fun at the X-Men, particularly Wolverine/Hugh Jackman, yet they still want this lone wolf to join their cause.


 
Anybody who's seen the trailers and adverts will have had a glimpse of the spectacular multi-car pile-up. It's bloody, arrogantly over the top with its slo-mo, and, of course, Deadpool's snarky brand of humour, but it comes early on in the film, so the action peaks too soon (no doubt Deadpool would find a double entendre there…), keeping the audience dangling until the action-packed finale. It sags in the middle, and the gags just about manage to keep it afloat.

It is, though, undoubtedly a crowd-pleaser for adults - it's a 15 certificate and needs to be. Some of the humour is great; for instance, there's one about Reynolds himself, and some aimed directly at Brits, specifically, including one about assembling Ikea furniture. The writers must have had a ball putting the script together - images of them sat around the table, falling off their chairs with laughter are never far away - yet as good as some of the fast 'n' flippant humour is, the film isn't quite as funny as it likes to think it is.

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6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Deadpool has enough in the laughs department to keep the audience going until the final sequence and, of course, the mandatory post-credits scene. A sequel has already been confirmed and, given the success of this first outing, that should pull in the crowds, as well. However, as an antidote to the usual superhero fare, Deadpool would work better as a one-off. He's a joke that could end up wearing a touch thin.

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Everyone seems to be obsessed with Deadpool at the moment, though I know next to nothing about the character or comics. I saw some of the trailers for the film and it looks okay. Some of the stuff in the trailers was funny, but a lot of it didn't even make me grin. Maybe it just came across as too forced. I've never really been much of a fan of most of the films Ryan Reynold's has starred in, though I enjoyed him in Buried, which was a pretty interesting concept. He seems to fit the role of Deadpool really well though, judging by the trailers.

Totally agree with you there, Marzy - and it does indeed sound like the sort of movie that doesn't quite hit the mark often enough to make it a must-see. I'll just wait for the DVD release, methinks. This would be Reynolds' second wishy-washy superhero movie, after Green Lantern.

By the way, Buried is one of the best movies I've seen him in, definitely.

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

I never go there, but this time it just rings absolutely too true:

You just don't get it.

Besides the flaws in the review (Franc-i-s is not his love interest, the teen is called -N-egasonic Teenage Warhead), you are simply not the target audience.

The character of Deadpool was portrayed spot-on. He's annoying, überhumanly talkative, and has a very slight violent streak about him. And this film portrayed him well. They got the looks and behaviours of most the supporting cast right as well, which I'm pretty impressed by.

As a (mild) fan who discovered deadpool years ago and then proceeded to read quite a few of his comics, I loved this film. I had a wonderful time. And I am incredibly thankful this film was made.

Deadpool is a wonderfully annoying shit, and this film was a spectacular, spot-on look into his deranged, foul-mouthed, but still not-quite-evil way of being.

Not a fanboy, hardly a 'proper' fan, but I had the time of my life and so did everyone else at the cinema.

And Buried was a really good film btw. Remember going to see that without any info on what it was, and came out gutpunched but so very satisfied. Very strong feature.

~Getting on C3's massive tits since 2K5.~

I'm only judging it on the trailers I've seen and I hardly know much about it, so obviously I can't make a fair assessment of the actual film. I might turn out to really like it!

I definitely want to see it sometime and see what all the hype is about! It's not something I'd go out my way to see at the cinema though. I'll probably catch it on Blu Ray later on, like Adam. Smilie

This is actually the first movie I went to the theater to see for quite a long time and I have to say that I personally wasn't disappointed. It was exactly what I expected out of a Deadpool movie. Smilie With that said, Deadpool is a VERY hit or miss character... Smilie Sometimes he is funny and sometimes just annoying, but this movie captured this essence very well.

The difference between illusion and reality is vague to the one who suffers from the former and questionable for the one suffering form the later.

Okay, I gave this a go...trying the first 20 minutes to see if it looked like my cup of tea, and wow - not funny, and overly brutal. Maybe it gets better, but from that preview it looks like he worst Marvel movie so far. I'm really hoping when I see it in full on DVD later, maybe my opinion will change, but so far even the weak Ant Man would go above this.

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

Okay, double-post required to say what a massive disappointment this was - barely any action other than the short segment at the start and then the finale, hardly any laughs throughout (random expletives at various points does not constitute good humour)...and the story was neither here nor there (when a tame sex scene is one of the standout moments, you know there's a problem).

I can see why people love Deadpool the character, as there's stacks of potential to be had, but this script was barely even scraping average at times. I don't think Reynolds can be faulted, because he tries so hard to make the sarcastic quips amusing, but it misses the mark so often that I'd even go as low as a 4/10, maybe stretching to a 5/10 if I'm feeling generous.

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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