Directed by—Tim Miller
In the latest installment of the X-Men mutant-centric branch of the Marvel Universe, Ryan Reynolds gets a chance to prove himself as the super-anti-hero—Deadpool.
Deadpool, an action-comedy, tracks the journey of Wade Wilson—a fast talking mercenary who beats up stalkers for free drinks. Wilson’s dodgy cancer treatment results in the acquisition of extraordinary abilities, the side effects of which further damage his mind, and leave him disfigured. A basic plot of revenge and redemption ensues as Wade/Deadpool seeks vengeance on those who disfigured him.
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The film works not because of its story, but in the way it tells that story. Its self-awareness permeates every line, shot, and sequence, allowing a personal connection with the audience. The humour begins in the opening credit sequence, and the opening scene is a show stealer. I’ve rarely seen films excel so strongly in introducing the audience to its tone and essence. Deadpool’s action is slick and over the top, the humor is aggressively funny, and the production values are top notch.
While Ryan Reynolds is on top of his game in this movie, and the flawless Morena Baccarin matches Ryan’s energy and eccentricity; the rest of the cast is a mixed bag. The two X-Men members who join the proceedings serve as little more than cannon fodder for Deadpool’s acetic wit. The villains are neither truly terrifying or dangerous, detracting the tension and suspense that could have helped the film’s climax. However, Wade Wilson’s elderly coke addict house-mate is a great addition, I’d pay good money to see a spin off series on what happens next between her and Wade/Deadpool.
Overall it’s an amazing debut for what is looking like a big new franchise, and what may be the new standard for action comedies moving forward.