Ex Special Forces turned "hero" for hire Wade Wilson is diagnosed with terminal cancer, but a shady government project might just be able to save him and also endow him with some superhuman abilities. After being lied to and tortured, Wade becomes Deadpool, a gun toting, katana wielding assassin with revenge in his sight.
It's finally here, after he first hit our screens in 2009 with the universally disliked X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ryan Reynolds (Buried) is back as Deadpool.....the real Deadpool that is. With fourth wall breaks, gory violence and more quips than you can count, Reynolds and first time director Tim Miller have made the perfect Deadpool film and done the fan favorite character true justice.
Deadpool is a story of revenge, Wade is after the man that made him invincible but totally (in his words) "unfuckable". Told through flashbacks and flashforwards within the flashbacks, Deadpool feels uniquely structured and endlessly witty. For a first time director, Tim Miller did a spectacular job of seamlessly plotting out the story of superheroes and revenge but with a truly heartfelt romance at the center of it all. Reynolds and co-star Morena Baccarin (Homeland) had terrific chemistry as Wade and Vanessa.
Ed Skrein (The Transporter: Refueled) and Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6) as the villains Ajax and Angel Dust are intimidating and serve as good antagonists for Deadpool to beat on and even though they are good in their roles, they're probably the weakest aspect of the film, which speaks volumes of how truly amazing this film is.
I think most of us were expecting a fun movie, one that will make us laugh and Deadpool certainly does that. It's definitely the funniest superhero film I've ever seen but what surprised me is how well made it is. The visuals are terrific, the action is some of the best I've seen in a while and the characters are surprisingly engaging and it's a story I became invested in quickly because of how likable Reynolds is in the role of Wade Wilson. Never has a comic book film got a character so right. It's as if Deadpool was ripped straight from the comic. The costume looks great, he never shuts up and even when being shot to shit by his enemies, he's throwing out pop culture references and insults. I was truly surprised at how well they portrayed the character. This is a funny, crude and gratuitously violent film but it's packed with heart, it's obvious to see the filmmakers have a real passion for the character.
What's so charming about Deadpool is he knows he's in a film, one with a reasonably small budget. Deadpool will often turn to the camera, acknowledge that we're in a cinema watching him and it's truly hilarious and very well done. It connects to the X-Men universe in a way where in the future, Wade could cross into the big ensemble films or simply carry on with his own franchise but one that acknowledges the X-Men exist.
Deadpool is very self referential, very well directed, hilariously scripted and endlessly entertaining. This is the first incredible film of 2016 and it's only February, make sure you check it out!
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