I have a sneaking suspicion that Deadpool IS secretly Ryan Reynolds in real life, turned up to eleven.
|Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool|
|Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlyse|
|Ed Skrein as Francis Freeman/Ajax|
|Gina Carano as Angel Dust|
|Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Wait..what?!|
|with Karan Soni as Dopinder|
|and Leslie Uggams as Blind Al|
Everyone remember Deadpool from that terrible movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Yes? No? Still Ryan Reynolds, but what the hell happened in that movie? It made absolutely no sense to me. Anyway, Ryan Reynolds has been given another chance at being a superhero, because his attempt at Green Lantern was about as good as drinking watered down beer.
So this version of Deadpool, you’ll immediately notice, is funny. And the variety of jokes comes down to corny, formulaic or original, and many of them break the fourth wall. But that’s actually just Deadpool. When the opening credits admits that it was “produced by asshats” and “directed by an overpaid dude”, you know what you’re in for.
The basic storyline is that Deadpool is out for revenge. I mean, what angry super(anti)hero isn’t these days? Just ask Wolverine! Anyway, Deadpool goes on a rampage on a freeway and kills a whole bunch of people in imaginative ways to get back at Francis, who made him the way he is now.
And the reason he’s got superpowers? He was dying of cancer despite being in the happiest place ever with his girlfriend Vanessa and his only hope was an experimental treatment aimed at triggering latent mutant superpowers in humans. That Deadpool looks like a greasy pizza from a corner shop now is the main consequence. Oh, and he has Wolverine’s accelerated healing powers.
Anyway, the story is pretty formulaic. But that’s just part of what makes this movie good. Nobody who enjoyed the Deadpool comics or watched the trailer would have expected an epic storyline philosophising about love, life and the meaning of everything. No. Ryan Reynolds is in it for a start, and his expertise is wisecracking, over the top jokes about getting shot in the arse. In that respect, this is basically the American Pie of superhero movies.
And I love that.
Word of warning though, this is not a movie that I’d recommend taking little kids to, though that happened in our session. It’s R18+ for a reason folks. First of all there are the graphic and bloody fight scenes, including a few beheadings and other bits of dismemberment. I’d mention the language, but that sort of stuff is so passe now.
So, Deadpool. This is the sort of movie that spoofs all the other superhero movies that are a bit…serious. Like Dawn of Justice or the upcoming Civil War. It’s not serious, it’s fun and light entertainment for mum and dad. Just don’t bring the kids.
This is the superhero movie that cinema needs and deserves.
Watch this if you…
Are sick and tired of all the high minded superhero movies where the conflicts all involve saving the world. This is a personal story about getting revenge. It’s also fucking hilarious.
Skip this if you…
Are underage. For a while. Then, sneak on to your parents’ computer and watch it there while experiencing the thrill of doing something naughty.