Monday, 22 February 2016

Deadpool film review

Went to see this movie with my family at the Leeds/Bradford Odeon.

IMDB says: A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool. 

In this Tim Miller (Rockfish, Scott Pilgrim Versus the World) directed and Rhett Reese (G I. Joe: Retaliation, Zombieland), Paul Wernick (G I. Joe: Retaliation, Zombieland), Fabian Nicieza (character - Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds) and Rob Liefeld (character - X-Force, Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds) written film, Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal, Green Lantern) stars as Wade Wilson, who decides to undergo a risky treatment when he finds out he has late stage cancer, leaving his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin: Homeland, V) without warning or explanation to do so.

Left with more than just a twisted sense of humour, but a body and face to match, he feels he cannot return to his girlfriend or former life, but when it is pointed out by his best friend Weasel (T.J. Miller: How to Train your Dragon, Big Hero 6) that he has no longer won the bet in the dead pool, he adopts the name to keep his true identity under wraps, knowing this will help him track down the sinister 'doctor' who did this to him, Ajax (Ed Skrein: Ill Manors, The Sweeney) or Francis, to his enemies.

Not a superhero, as he is at great pains to point out to X-Men wannabe recruiters Colossus, voiced by Stefan Kapicic (Tears for Sale, We will be the World Champions) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand: First Girl I Loved, Annie Undocumented) and bad guy mutants like Angel Dust (Gina Carano: Haywire, Fast and Furious 6), he enjoys killing in a way that translates as a personal challenge, yet helps others in his own inimitable way, for example cabby Dopinder (Karan Soni: Safety Not Guaranteed, Goosebumps) and Blind Al (Leslie Uggams: Toe to Toe, Sugar Hill).

From the very beginning, you are pulled in to this very different, but in my opinion, perfect cinema experience.  With a dark and sarcastic main character, a telling style that nods to many other superhero movies (Easter eggs galore) and even to the audience (the use of the breaking of the fourth wall works so well that it may leave you wondering why no-one has done this so well since, well, Ferris Bueller) this proves the power of the writing and what can happen when filmmakers give them the freedom to fully realise their vision.

Ryan Reynolds fully embodies this controversial character and the sex and violence, plus the vein of humour, should shock, yet it works so well it is part and parcel of the franchise and trust me, this film feels like a franchise right from the opening credits. 

With a spot-on soundtrack and humour that is right up my street, this is my idea of a movie that pulls you in and doesn't let go (I have already been to see it twice).  Be sure to wait for the end credits and I mean right to the end, to see two extra scenes.

Still of Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool (2016)

Trivia: A 3 minute test reel was shot in January 2012 in an attempt to convince the heads of the studio to move forward with the movie. On August 1st 2014, the footage was released to the public, and based on the overwhelmingly positive response from fans, the film finally began production. The footage was so popular that part of it was recreated for the actual film.  On April Fool's Day 2015, Ryan Reynolds posted on Twitter that the film would be rated PG-13, which prompted fan backlash as the Deadpool character often swears and commits acts of graphic violence. Later that day, Reynolds confirmed that it was a prank and the film would be R rated. He has also said that Deadpool will be the last comic book character he will ever portray. However, he is open to Deadpool sequels and/or cameos.

Tagline: Bad ass. Smart ass. Great ass.                                                                     10/10

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