Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool

Deadpool (4/5)

LEWD, crude and downright rude – Deadpool throws a finger in the air to absolutely everything and swings hard for the fence of good taste. Which is why it’s a rager of a movie, even if you’ve hit your limit on superhero flicks. Or perhaps then even more so.

It also achieves something that no other movie in recent memory has.

It feels like we, the viewers, have had a hand in bringing it to life. The story surrounding Deadpool’s creation has transcended into movie legend already. Studios just can’t buy that kind of buzz and they can’t make it either – it happens naturally and very rarely.

In case you missed it, Deadpool was doomed to remain in pre-production forever until a modicum of test footage leaked online to the delight of film fans every where. The reception was so good that 20th Century Fox gave the film a green light straight away and on valentine’s weekend it broke nine box office records to make a cool $135m (despite only costing $58m to make) and go number one worldwide.

While marketing exec’s puzzle over its success, we know that at least one man was at the centre of it all.

Ryan Reynolds might have flopped as Hal Jordan in DC’s Green Lantern (2011), but boy does he nail it as Wade Wilson for Marvel. Reynolds first played the role of Rob Liefeld’s merc’ with a mouth in  X-Men Origins: Wolverine (riffing off a similar character in Blade Trinity) but there was stymied in a supporting role.

Now in his own movie, directed by visual effects specialist Tim Miller, Reynolds is let loose to be as crass and bad ass as he dares. And it’s a beauteous thing to behold. His passion and love for the character bounds over like a dog reunited with its owner after a long absence.

Central to the character of Deadpool is his self-awareness and ability to break the fourth wall, speaking directly to the audience. Here, script writers Rhett Resse and Paul Wernick (Zombieland) have clearly had a lot of fun. At one point Deadpool even talks about Ryan Reynolds, but not in a crap way like in that Ocean’s 12 scene with Julia Roberts.

The film takes us through Deadpool’s origin story and centres around the lethal but loveable gun-for-hire’s love for his beautiful other half Vanessa (the fantastic and these days practically omnipresent Morena Baccarin). When their plans to live happily ever after are shattered by Wade’s sudden diagnosis with terminal cancer, a shadowy organisation offers a cure – but it’s not quite as expected.

Turned ugly (“like an avocado had sex with an older, more disgusting avocado”)  Wade goes on a mission to track down powerful mutant Ajax (Englishman Ed Skrein), the man who made him “totally indestructible and completely unf**kable” so he can get back with Vanessa. But he’s not going alone. Enter X-Men favourite Colossus, finally revealed in spectacular CGI glory (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) and his young protégé Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand).

An R-rated romp from start to finish, Reynolds is as hilarious as ever in the part he was born to play.

Final word: You will laugh, you will gasp, you will wince and you will love it. All of it.

If you liked Deadpool you should also watch:

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Blade Trinity
  • Green Lantern

 

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