The Merc with the Mouth has been brought to life in all his glory by everyone's favourite party liaison, Ryan Reynolds. Tonally established from the opening credits Deadpool is a roller coaster ride of lewd, crude fun and chaos that hits fires on all cylinders right from the get go.
Deadpool unlike some of the other Marvel films is not trying to flesh out a deep story about morality, Deadpool is instead a straight up revenge tale coupled with a surprisingly honest and well put together love story that flips the comic genre on his head. Morena Baccarin is brilliantly cast as the escort turned housewife who is equal parts sincere and slightly off tilt, T.J Miller also deserves a shout out as the barkeep and friend of Wade Wilson, his one liners hit hard and are far less forced than in some of his other comedic roles. The cast is rounded out with (only) two X-Men in Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead and the not so dastardly villain duo of Ajax and Angel Dust.
Deadpool is a classic anti-hero and, as such, isn’t bound by the rules of morality and propriety that hamstring many traditional comic book heroes. Deadpool has no qualms about killing, maiming, and torturing. He doesn’t do these things without reason but, given even the flimsiest of excuses, he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty (and boy do they get dirty). The movie’s offbeat style, the credit for which can be spread among director Tim Miller, the screenwriters, and Ryan Reynolds, thrives on the constant breaking of the forth wall.
Not only does Deadpool talk directly to the audience but he’s aware that he’s in a movie and speaks openly about the genre. At one point, when told he’s being taken to see Professor X, he glibly responds: “Which one? Stewart or Mcavoy?” Deadpool fuses the attitude of Kick-Ass with the self-awareness of Scream.
One of the best things about the movie is that you won't find yourself bored, there is an endless flow of surprises, jokes and audience interaction. The constant influx of Easter eggs had me in stitches (Weapon X figurine from Wolverine is but one of many), the constant ribbing aimed at The Green Lantern and Fox, X-Men in jokes and endless man crushing on Hugh Jackman prevent Deadpool from becoming stale or predictable.
After watching Deadpool I cannot imagine anyone other than VanCityReynolds playing the Merc, his machine gun wit and overall stage presence in the title role is brilliant from start to finish. He was a perfect casting. Deadpool IS Ryan Reynolds.
Deadpool is unlike anything that has stepped out of the Marvel universe and onto the screen, brilliant casting coupled with constant action and side splitting humour will have it being one of THE best movies of 2016. Get to the cinemas immediately. Kudos to everyone involved.
4.7 out of 5
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