FILM REVIEW: DEADPOOL

Deadpool The Merc with the Mouth is here in his own movie but can this film actually live up to the hype of the brilliant marketing campaign that has lead up to this moment.

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humour, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Release Date: 10TH FEBRUARY 2016

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 108 minutes

Director: Tim Miller

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, T.J. Miller and Ed Skrein

Deadpool is a movie by fans for fans and by that I mean Ryan Reynolds is clearly a fan of the character and has poured his heart and soul into this project along with writers Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza and director Tim Miller with the result being nothing short of ground-breaking. Writers Liefeld and Nicieza are actually the creators of Deadpool so it is good to see them fully on board with the film. As soon as the movie starts you are pretty much laughing non-stop at the in jokes that just keep coming throughout the whole film.

The plot is pretty simple and has a love story at its core which takes you a bit by surprise but actually grounds the film well. To boil it down for you, boy meets girl, boy gets ill, boy gets superpowers, boy needs to rescue girl. It is an origin story and it does not take a whole movie to get there and in fact the film starts off with Deadpool already in play and on a hunt. Throughout the film the pace never really let’s up for a second and the main players all do their part to move the plot along quickly, especially as the running time of the film is 108 minutes, so less than two hours which is about right.

The movie starts off with what has to be the best opening credits I have ever seen in a film to date, but no spoilers on this; however I would suggest maybe grabbing a few drinks before the film to get you in the right mood. This showcases the humour that you will encounter in the movie. Some is silly, others crude, SAY WHAT?, others are so Meta you will stop and say “Wait a minute did he just say that?”

Ryan Reynolds is perfect in the role and his enthusiasm for the part shines through in every scene and as fellow GS member Fia said, “it is great that he actually spends quality time without the mask so we at least get a more emotional attachment to the character”. YOOHOO. Morena Baccarin delivers a strong performance as the perfect partner to Wade Wilson but I also get a feeling that they cut some stuff out from her story as it was implied that there was more to her than we know. In fact one of her key scenes from one of the trailers is not in the movie.  Karan Soni plays a yellow cab driver who helps Deadpool a few times and his few lines are so on the mark you just want to see more of him.

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Ed Skrein plays the villain Ajax who also has powers but is the typically evil British bad guy and has some good lines to play with. Gina Carano plays Ajax’s right hand woman Angel Dust who does a lot of ass kicking in this film but hardly says more than five words. AHEM, COUGH. T.J. Miller plays Weasel, a good friend to Deadpool and confidant. His comedic talents are put to good use here. Brianna Hildebrand is the moody Negasonic Teenage Warhead and her powers live up to her name. She is an actress to keep an eye on. Leslie Uggams plays Blind Al, Deadpool’s roommate and is  frikking awesome in her role. Stefan Kapicic is the man behind the voice of Colossus and pretty much has found a perfect style and voice for the character, blending humor and compassion all at the same time. Lastly Stan Lee gives probably the dirtiest performance of his cameo career to date. That man is a legend. I KNOW RIGHT!

Although most of the film was practical effects there were some CGI issues here. Colossus was just off like he was taken out of a cartoon and dropped into the real world. I know it’s hard but we have seen him brought to life better and it was a shame that they did not use the same style for this film, however that is not to say it was bad but rather it could have been better.

OK OK I CAN SEE YOUR POINT BUT REMEMBER WE DID NOT HAVE A HUGE BUDGET ON MY FILM AND QUITE FRANKLY I WANTED CABLE BUT THAT IS FOR ANOTHER TIME. SO BACK OFF FELLA AND JUST ENJOY RIDING DEADPOOL. OOPS I MEAN ENJOY THE DEADPOOL RIDE.

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Erm thanks DP..

All throughout the trailers we have heard the DMX track X Gon’ Give It To Ya and it does its job well in the actual film, but what is really classy is the other songs that are in the movie. Man they went all out on this and warning, if you do not like Wham then step away now.

Overall this film not only lived up the hype but actually surpassed it by a mile. Yes a few small flaws but overall Deadpool is a movie that has defied all expectations to deliver one of, if not the funniest yet, bloodiest comic book films ever.

Two swords up… OH YOU SPOIL ME MONTY XX

 Rating: 4/5

DEADPOOL

Reviewer: Agent Montoya

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One comment

  1. Recommended pre-cinema drinks for Deadpool*:

    Beer (Tequlia flavoured is preferred but the brand of your choice will do)
    Tequilla shot (poured by a pretty lady)
    Some more beer
    Go ahead and have two more shots
    (If there’s enchiladas now would be a good time to eat them)
    Be brave, have another shot!
    Chug the last of your beer and start a new one, grab half of someone else’s beer as well
    One last shot for luck!

    Then go ahead and enjoy the film!

    *((Based on the alcohol tolerance of North London/Essex Girl))

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