Film Review: Deadpool

Monday 7 March 2016 by

Deadpool, Film, Superhero, Comic, Ryan Reynolds

If you have even half an idea about how long fans have been waiting for a Deadpool film, then you have some idea how excited I was to see it.

Deadpool (played by Ryan Reynolds) is perhaps the sassiest “hero” to come out of the X-Men franchise. After falling in love, Wade Wilson is diagnosed with cancer and agrees to an experiment that is said to cure him. Instead, it makes him in to Deadpool, and he decides to hunt down his torturer, Ajax/Francis (Ed Skrein) for a bit of healthy revenge.

This film is basically a lesson in meta. It makes references to comic book film franchises, Ryan Reynolds and the movie industry. But there is no doubt about it – I haven’t laughed this hard since Hot Fuzz. Reynolds carries the entire film (as to be expected), and the whole thing is one wisecrack. It’s like a slick stand-up crossed with an action film.

Skrein does well to be scary enough to be a plausible bad guy, but with enough lightness of touch to stay with the comedic lean of the whole thing. I’m not sure it’s easy to be ridiculous and menacing. This film is the poster child for a twisted sense of humour – it is triumphantly foul-mouthed, violent and acerbic. It breaks the conventions of the superhero film by gleefully sending them up.

The whole film is an antidote to the morally heavy films that have been churned out of late – Superman, Batman, even the Thor films often lack in a sense of humour. Not even the sharp tongue of Ironman stands up against this DGAF, spoof-like film.

The cartoonish absurdity of it is what makes it so appealing. This film – breaking the mould of all that came before in terms of maturity and themes – has been a box office hit, with a promised sequel. It is unapologetically immature and yet deals with things with a breeziness unheard of. Like Jessica Jones, it has been praised for its frank and realistic portrayal of issues such as sex work and relationships. This is a breath of fresh air in a genre that tends to push the women in to victim categories, in order for the hero to rescue them. We have seen a surge of stronger female characters, but Deadpool seems to be the first to add a twist.

Reynolds is a joy to watch – in fact the whole film is great. So the CGI is a bit been-there-done-that, and I’m pretty sure the number of sex jokes hits triple figures before it’s done, but this is not a slick superhero film – it is messy and hilarious and has so much sass it leaves you swaying.

Deadpool is a film for anyone bored of Marvel films that tick boxes, it’s for people who want something with F-bombs and blood and Ryan Reynolds. This has clearly been made with such joy – you get the impression that the whole cast had the best time on set, and outtakes might be longer than the film itself.

Forget the serious Oscar winners. Deadpool is the perfect film for a good time. It’s a party on screen. In spandex.

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