Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein
Director: Tim Miller
Rated: R for strong violence, language, sexual content and nudity
If you are a fan of Deadpool comics, you will be delighted with this movie. Even if you have not read these comics, this movie is an entertaining addition to the superhero genre. It’s a raunchy comedy cum superhero movie filled with profanity and nudity. Yet the movie somehow works well unlike anything we have ever seen before.
Ryan Reynold stars as Wade, a mercenary who make his living by terrorizing detestable lowlifes out of business. He has a quick mouth to go along with his attitude and can’t stop his verbal diarrhea even at the most inopportune moments. He falls in love with Vanessa (played by the gorgeous Morena Baccarin) and gets engaged to her. However their romantic bliss is cut short when Wade discovers that he is afflicted with terminal cancer. Out of sheer desperation, Wade offers to undergo a shady mysterious experimental procedure. What follows is a series of brutal torturous experiments for weeks and months before he transforms into some sort of an ugly mutant with accelerated healing powers. Hell bent on revenge he goes after the blokes who put him in this situation.
While the film has an underlying dark theme and at times uncomfortable to watch, it is at best a love story with a whole lot of revenge and humor thrown in. The movie not only makes fun of its own self but it also takes potshots at other superhero films and characters. I really like the fact that this movie ventured out into the R-Rated territory because it suited the tonality of the subject. Ryan Reynolds was a great cast for this Deadpool character. He delivers all the punchy one liners filled with sarcasm and wit. There is no other actor who could have done a better job for this role. The witty script and the well orchestrated action sequences keep the movie fresh and entertaining. The other cast members are great in their roles too, especially Ed Skrein who plays the British villain.
However despite all the good jokes and action sequences, the film still needs a solid script to carry it through. Over here unfortunately, the film is found lacking. The story jumped around too much. Two-thirds of the movie mostly consisted of flashbacks. By the time we return to the main storyline the things are rushed through and we enter the climax of the film. Over here I could see that the producers might have backed out in sparing more change for the film. Ironically, Deadpool in trying to become a satire of sorts on superhero films ends up as the very cliché it sought to make fun off.
Despite the film’s shortcomings, it is one hell of an entertainer. It never bores you and watching the kick-ass action in the few scenes spared in the film is worth every dollar you would have spent. My rating is 7 out of 10 for this movie.
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