FILM REVIEW: Deadpool

Deadpool

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An action adventure film starring Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Brianna Hildebrand, T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, and Stefan Kapicic (voice) Rated 15.

This film was a long time coming. Fans have been dying for a Deadpool film for ages, the hope of one happening further increased when the test footage was 'leaked' several years ago.

The film itself practically redeems Ryan Reynolds for choosing to star in wasted opportunities (X-Men Origins Wolverine) and projects with so much potential (Green Lantern). It is rude, definitely not suitable for children and, most of all, funny.

The humour I think is just hitting the mark, with some jokes quite hilarious and some worthy of a slight laugh. Others, however, feel as if they need full understanding of things not everyone knows about, or get passed on so quick there isn't time to process them. Thankfully, these are far and few between, but still give a feeling that something more witty could have taken its place.

Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool is perfect, and you can definitely say he was born for the role. While not a reader of the comics, you can see how they stick to the source material anyway, with the somewhat crass jokes and 4th wall breaks every so often.

He even goes as far himself to say there was a '4th wall break inside a 4th wall break'. Starting with him already established as Deadpool, the film jumps between the start of his origin story, meeting girlfriend Morena Baccarin before being diagnosed with cancer, and the opening sequence, before catching up with itself somewhere around the last half. This is done well, showing exactly how Wade drives himself to extract vengeance on villain Ajax (Ed Skrein), who both have him his healing powers but also left him physically disfigured all over his body.

The storyline run is just the right amount, any longer would have made it feel like an attempt to squeeze more out of it. In terms of Ajax himself, Skrein portrays him well, as a true sort of evil, needed for this film. Gina Carano as Angel Dust is good also, but not used very much, and fairly standard

Linking Deadpool in with the X-Men franchise, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (I don't even know who thought that one up) star also, both quite funny themselves, with Negasonic displaying a stereotypical teenage girl and Colossus trying to guide Deadpool into doing good. As if that will ever happen.

One thing that surprised me was the film's 15 rating. When it was announced as one I was both overjoyed and confused. The rating meant I could go and see it, but the amount of rude content in the film, constant swearing and more 'adult' content, felt like more that of an 18 film. It was very near the line, but in terms of this kind of film, most of it was necessary. And as is now customarywith all Marvel films, Deadpool's after credits scene is brilliant, suiting its overall style.

Deadpool is very funny, while still incorporating the original aspect and overall story very well. And with a sequel already receiving the green light, I can't wait to see what comes next.