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Witness the beginning of a happy end.
Ryan Reynolds is Marvel's "merc with a mouth", Deadpool, in this origin story following the former Special Forces operative turned mercenary. Subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, he adopts an alter ego and hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Deadpool first appears in 2009's Fox/Marvel film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. After wooing Comic Con audiences with a spectacular CGI short, this feature looks to follow the wise-cracking, self-healing mercenary as he shoots bullets, chops heads, and NOT get his mouth sewn shut.
This is director Tim Miller's feature debut after making a couple of short films. His background is in video games and visual effects (having worked on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World).
Action, Comedy, Science Fiction, Thriller
Rating: R16 Graphic violence, sex scenes and offensive language
Deadpool (the character, and the movie), is obsessed with equating sex and violence. When he says “I’m touching myself tonight” after murdering a bunch of dudes, it isn’t just a wisecrack. He really means it. It’s a kind of miracle that the ensuing scene doesn’t play out as repulsive, rather it’s genuinely funny, as is most of the film, thanks to Ryan Reynolds dialling up his charm as well as his smirk, and a tonal tightrope of a script from Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
The marketing surrounding Deadpool has loudly proclaimed it a superhero movie for adults, or at least adults who want to indulge their inner teenagers’ desire for dick jokes and ultra violence. The closest comparison in terms of R-rated, self-aware super heroics are the Kick-Ass films, but this is even less subtle, obliterating the fourth wall early on. I worried this meta schtick might wear thin, but the constant ‘this is all a movie’ jokes end up being some of the best gags.
Going all-in on its outrageous content means Deadpool does stand out from the horde of superhero movies, mostly for its potty mouth but also for a pretty grim torture sequence and some nudey sex scenes (and a completely arbitrary few minutes in a strip club). But it’s also pleasingly small-scale. The world isn’t in peril, Deadpool just wants his girl back. It’s a scrappy, lowbrow little movie that really wants to offend as well as amuse, and succeeds on both counts.
Total Film (UK)
Time Out London
I don't get it
I find Ryan Reynolds sense of humor and delivery very grating and obnoxious. Even if the film is an original idea, I just found myself rolling my eyes.
Although with a thin plot, its entertaining, funny, action-packed and irreverent.
Not Worth The Hype
Seems like I may be the only person on earth that isn't on the Deadpool buzz.
I am a huge fan of 'all killer, no filler' movies and I found Deadpool too short - the pacing felt off and it just seemed to end suddenly. I thought Ryan Renolds played it well but ultimately I left the theatre disappointed. Maybe it gets better on rewatch?
About time a comic book superhero movie was made for adults... I am not steeped in Deadpool comic lore, however being a huge fan of Ryan Reynolds I really enjoyed this fun filled R rated flick. Finally we are not treated as simple dumbed down kids and can have an fun time with over the top action and comic book gore and violence with blood and people getting their beans. Obviously it is highly stylised but I reckon the tongue is firmly in cheek and this movie takes no prisoners as it effortlessly blends action and humour with loads of self aware references thrown in for good measure and extra style points. As i said I had a blast, and can't wait til the Blurry comes out, and also the next instalment of Deadpool with hopefully plenty more other marvel characters to join him in the sequel after this one raked in the big bucks!!
not what I expected - but it was worse than expected
It is just so bad. Unfunny and very, very boring. Not sure what all the fuss is about this film. All it is is a mindless fluff than comes out of a naked rear end as a big splatt.
Too bad the script ain't as smart as his mouth...
Although Deadpool has received a ton of praise as a game-changer for the never-ending super-hero genre juggernaut, the movie’s bones are completely conventional - average, even. This is a generally unspectacular variation on the standard super-hero origin story that we’ve all seen time and time again, and the smart-ass tone and fun (but only moderately clever) breaking of the fourth-wall can only do so much to make it feel fresh. Not enough, in fact.
It’s a good thing, then, that Deadpool is funnier by far than many of the so-called comedies extruded from the Hollywood sausage machine over the last few years. The gags come thick and fast, and though the hit-rate is by no means perfect (the blind lady assembling Ikea furniture is one of several puzzling misfires), it’s still unexpectedly high. It was only during the pauses between laughter (and during the standard, drawn-out action finale) that I regretted the lack of anything genuinely fresh or different here, but the fact that those pauses were few and far between meant that Deadpool ended up being a reasonably fun, if ultimately empty, experience.
I so enjoyed it!
Not for the prim and proper. Ryan Reynolds is great. Deadpool is cool. The gore was exterme in some parts that it made me laugh so hard! :-)
Make more Marvel movies R16
It's great when a movie makes a bold move to be restricted. Deadpool pulls it off really well with utterly awesome 4th wall breaking
Doesn't take itself seriously
and that is why it's seriously good.
Character Justice Done Right
In a year populated with Superhero / Comic-book movies, Deadpool enters the fray first as this lovable anti-hero delivers a truly one of a kind not so superhero movie.
Wade Wilson is a mercenary for hire who’s unfortunately stricken by cancer. Desperate to find a cure, he enlists on a secret experimental program *cough cough Weapon X cough cough*. However things do not go as planned as the program left him tortured and deformed, though cured of his cancer, Wade Wilson came out a completely changed person. Seeking for retribution, Wade Wilson adapts the codename Deadpool and searches for the people who tortured him and save the love of his life.
One of the most beloved comic book character finally hits the screen with Deadpool. Now he’s been portrayed before from a different movie, but it’s a movie better off forgotten and buried in a “never to watch again” box. This movie on the other hand, does the character justice. It’s everything a Deadpool fan asks for in a Deadpool movie. It’s crude, violent, extremely funny and all around enjoyable. The movie takes advantage of it’s R Rating and it works incredibly well.
Ryan Reynolds is perfect as Deadpool, it’s as if he was born to play this character. His jokes are witty and delivers them with perfect timing. From his sarcasm, to his foul language to references to other superhero movies from breaking the fourth wall and talking to the audience. These are lines a fan would thoroughly enjoy. The side characters were done well, the addition of Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (geez that’s a mouthful) compliment’s Deadpool nicely, specially Colossus who’s given a much needed personality. Though Deadpool is still the star of the film, Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) gave a nice noticeable performance.
Though the movie is incredibly fun and laugh out loud funny. It’s with flaws, the antagonists Ajax (Ed Skrein) and Angel (Gina Carano) were one dimensional and though they play the villains well, there’s not much else to them. Also some of the CG were obvious and one can tell that there this movie was not made with the same budget as other superhero movies. However these are just minor flaws, and it shouldn’t ruin anyone’s viewing experience.
Overall Deadpool has definitely raised the bar for the rest of the superhero movies coming out this year. With a perfect on-screen adaptation of a comic-book character, Deadpool delivers a refreshing take on the superhero genre. It’s a satirical movie who’s not afraid to comment on the cliches and flaws of said superhero movies. It’s self referential yet uses this to it’s advantage to deliver a near perfect anti-superhero movie. Highly recommended for people who are familiar with the product, likewise for people just looking for a good laugh.