Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing down when evil scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein) tortures, disfigures and transforms him into Deadpool. The rogue experiment leaves Deadpool with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor. With help from mutant allies Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool uses his new skills to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life. (1)
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WARNING: This film is Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity
At first glance, Deadpool (2016) seems like your typical Marvel superhero film but after the first 30 minutes, it becomes clear that this is NOT your typical Marvel film. Deadpool is a unique and huge gamble for Marvel. Deadpool is an artistic vision and hilariously entertaining film that plays off of Ryan Reynolds great comedic skills.
From beginning to end, Deadpool is constantly upending superhero film clichés. The film’s narrative is done by the main character, who is also aware that he’s in a comic book film and exploits it by continually telling the audience what we’re thinking. The story is inventive in the way that it tells the story of is this oddly charming anti-hero, it’s meant to be fun and entertaining with action, humor, and foul language. So if you were expecting this to be another family-friendly Marvel film then you will be sadly mistaken. Deadpool is an adult Marvel film that is not suitable for children in any way, and despite the mature subject matter and strong language the film never feels dark. The audience is immediately thrown into the action, which was beautifully executed through Ken Seng’s (Project X) impressive cinematography. The humor is sharp and witty that makes use of every opportunity to not be your typical superhero film. There is a good amount of flashbacks and fast-forwards to provide enough backstory without being annoying, and the love story aspect unexpected but sincere in its execution. Although credit should be given to the director Tim Miller – as this is his directorial debut – and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The success of this film lies primarily with Ryan Reynolds (Buried) who has been fighting for this film since 2004 and plays the lead role.
The characters are unique and not what you expected, stiff and serious. Instead, everyone has a personality and charm that almost gives the film a parody like feel but in a good way. Ryan Reynolds is perfect as Deadpool, and it is great to see him get to chance to redeem himself after the disappointment that was Green Lantern (2011). Deadpool’s trademark is his sense of humor and his objective to not be your typical superhero, rather an antihero, is refreshing. His chemistry with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin – Deadpool 2 and V ) is great but the his chemistry with Dopinder (Karan Soni – Deadpool 2 and Office Christmas Party) is the best in the film. The villain, Ajax (Ed Skrein – Game of Thrones and Transporter Refueled), was not very compelling by he manages to make us hate him by the end.
Overall, Deadpool (2016) is an adult’s only Marvel film with witty humor, violent action, and foul language. The film was a huge risk for Marvel studios and yet it proved to be a big success. I knew it was rated R before seeing the film but even then I was not expecting it to have such strong foul language. But if you can get past the language then you will be able to appreciate it for it’s freshness and entertaining quality.
- Deadpool [farts]
Worth Seeing: 8.8 of 10 stars
Worth Buying: 8.8 of 10 stars
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