Wednesday 25 April 2018

Deadpool movie review: 'bold and bonkers revenge yarn; bloody and violent and outrageously funny/filthy'

A scene from Deadpool
A scene from Deadpool

Chris Wasser

Wade Wilson is a former Special Forces operative fella who, after falling in love with the girl of his dreams, is diagnosed with terminal cancer and approached by some shady, secret MIB-type dude who offers him the chance to be a superhero.


Alas, Wilson isn’t best pleased with the results of his procedure. Super strong, cancer-free and practically immortal, the chap can pretty much kick anyone’s ass — but crikey, the ‘experiment’ has also had an awful effect on his complexion. And his sense of humour.

Jaypers, he can’t go back to his missus looking like Freddy bleedin’ Krueger. So, Wilson squeezes himself into some red spandex and sets off on a killing spree in search of the British quack that ruined his face. Enter ‘Deadpool: Man of Sarcasm’.

At some point along the way, you’ll realise that Deadpool is definitely not a children’s film. Based on everyone’s least favourite Marvel Comics character, it’s actually a bold and bonkers revenge yarn; bloody and violent in all the right places and outrageously funny/filthy in all the wrong ones, too. It’s book-ended by Juice Newton’s Angel of the Morning and George Michael’s Careless Whisper. The anti-hero of the piece knows he’s in a comic book movie and regularly breaks the fourth wall. My God, Deadpool actually pokes fun at its real-life leading man, not to mention the X-Men cinematic ‘universe’ to which it sort of belongs. Are we getting the point?

Subversive and surreal, for an enthused and positively ripped Ryan Reynolds (Wilson/Deadpool), this is what you might call a passion project; a handsomely budgeted apology for getting things wrong the first time around (Reynolds already played the character in a poorly-received Wolverine film back in ‘09).

This time, Reynolds has a ball with the material. He even has a pop at DC’s Green Lantern (ask your mate).

True, it’s a tad on the self-indulgent side, but what do you expect? In short, Deadpool is a superhero movie that rips the p*** out of every other superhero movie ever mad — including itself. And yet, it still manages to forge an entertaining story in the process. Job well-done, Reynolds.


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