Stupid, ridiculous, violent and . . . not bad at all.
I couldn’t think of anybody better than “God’s Perfect Idiot” to take on the iconic role of everybody’s new favourite foul mouthed anti-hero.
How many chances can Ryan Reynolds have bringing a comic book character to the silver screen? Thankfully third time’s the charm.
A fast-talking mercenary with a morbid sense of humor is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge.
From the mental opening sequence, I knew what I was getting myself into. A lewd, crude, brutal BUT incredibly funny shoot em up.
The way people were raving about Deadpool; you would have thought you’ve never seen Ryan Reynolds shout and scream profanities!
The film swiftly flicked back and forth between Deadpool’s relentless revenge spree to his “unconventional” love story with the feisty hooker Vanessa (Morena Baccharin – Homeland).
I couldn’t resist laughing at Reynold’s quick witted one liners and smart ass insults while he clocked up the body count. This role really was made for him.
To be honest, the film only really lost momentum when it tried to take itself more seriously.
The pace lagging when we got to the origin stuff. Sorry, the NEW origin stuff.
Apparently we’re supposed to forget about Deadpool’s origin story in X-Men Origins: Wolverine now. Especially during Wade’s experimentation.
Completely breezed over that little question with silly (BUT hilarious) meta-textual references. Reynolds even had a pop at himself with a Green Lantern gag for good measure.
I know we had to see the humble beginnings of this quick witted mad man BUT no matter how many sly digs, gags and 4th Wall breaking, you couldn’t hide the fact that it was the same old cliched story.
As much as Baccarin and Reynolds had great chemistry and the cheesy luvvy duvvy exchanges were replaced with messed up foreplay and a year long bonkathon montage to commemorate their romance, it was still boy meets girl.
“Oh, that’s because it’s Christmas Day Dopinder and I’m looking for someone on my naughty list!”.
I was actually more interested in the naive cabbie Dopinder’s (Karan Soni) subplot. Coaxed into ferrying Pool around on his vengeance-seeking killing spree.
I’ve never really rated Ed Skrein’s acting (The Transporter Refuelled) but he played the maniacal “British villain” Francis quite well. The man that made Deadpool; “A penis with teeth”.
Gina Carano (Haywire)’s delivery may have been colder than Colossus’ steel BUT she nailed the hard ass (and ironically titled) Angel Dust a treat.
T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley) was good as the Comic Relief BUT there wasn’t enough of him.
The same could be said for Deadpool’s blind crackhead roomie Blind Al (Leslie Uggams).
The pair’s bickering over IKEA furniture while gunning up for battle was hysterical!
“It’s like the studio couldn’t get another X-Men”. I’m not going to lie. I’ve never read the comic books. I wasn’t aware that Deadpool existed in the same universe as the X-Men.
Shock horror. It was great to see Colossus the metallic bad ass that owned the opening sequence from X-Men: Days of Future Past get a little more screen time.
We were even introduced to a new face; the moody emo-looking Negasonic Teenage Warhead (played brilliantly by Brianna Hildebrand).
The unlikeliest crime fighting trio I’ve seen so far.
It was funny watching Deadpool ‘refusing the call’ to be an X-Men. Evading capture from Colossus by cutting his own hand off. Ouchie. God knows how he would fit in with that mad bunch?!
The shoot em ups and fighting sequences were brilliantly choreographed and deliciously gory.
I just wish the deaths were a little more creative. Spelling enemies’ names with bodies, yes! Kicking a guard’s amputated head to disarm another guard, yes!
BUT once you’ve seen ol’ Pool slice and dice through a dozen bodies, it got a little repetitive.
BUT despite it’s flaws, it was a breath of fresh air to see a film openly rip and poke fun at the endless superhero entries that are relentlessly bombarding the big screen.
It really was a mad riot with Reynolds on fine form.
If that sounds like your kind of thing, then it won’t disappoint.
I’m sure I don’t have to say it BUT please persevere through the credits for a little treat. Chicka chika!
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