Release year: 2016
Director: Tim Miller
Screenwriter: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Fabian Nicieza (character), Rob Liefeld (character)
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand, T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, Leslie Uggams
The origin story of Wade Wilson A.K.A Deadpool who due to illness commits himself to be subjected to experimental treatment that forces his body to mutate. Proving the staff wrong, the treatment doesn’t destroy Wade’s sense of humour but it does leave him scarred, deadly and thoroughly pissed off.
Ever since the character was, in many’s opinion, mistreated in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) Ryan Reynolds (R.I.P.D., 2013) has been fighting to make this movie: a R-rated movie showing Deadpool in all his swearing and violent glory. Any fan of the character and his wicked sense of humour will not find himself disappointed by the sef-aware fourth-wall-busting bloody swear-feast it is. The long struggle to get the movie made might explain the comfort Reynolds exhibits in the skin/uniform of Wilson/Deadpool and the confidence he shows in every wise-cracking line and foul wordplay. He shows a tremendous amount of chemistry with love-interest Baccarin (Spy, 2015), and despite the marketing campaign of Deadpool as a Valentine’s movie was merely a joke, the movie has a surprisingly sweet and well-functioning lovestory that works so well mainly due to the fact that it fits the story and the characters splendidly. While Skrein (The Transporter Refueled, 2015) does his best with the main vilain, he must sees himself overshadowed by a cool and convincing Carano who puts her martial arts skills to full use to make Angel Dust an intimidating and worthy opponent. But whether the charming beauty of Baccarin or the endearness of sidekicks Al (Leslie Uggams) and Weasel (T.J. Miller), or even the towering metal strength of Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), everyone is overshadowed by the excellent Reynolds who makes Deadpool an interesting and, considering his dark humour and ruthless killings, surprisingly likeable character; he even makes the fourth-wall-breaking work to the movie’s benefit by drawing all the fun from the script that is at all possible without it ever losing a suitable edge. A fun, fast, bloody, brilliant, and sweet anti-hero/superhero movie that will please fans of the comics at last.
PS: This is Marvel; make sure to stay for the end credits!
Ryan Reynolds is known as being quite skilled at improvising and allegddly improvised many of the swear words in the movie. ‘Shit speckled muppet fart’ is supposed to be of Reynolds origin.
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