Deadpool (2016)

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Deadpool (2016)
  • Time: 108 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
  • Director: Tim Miller
  • Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller

Storyline:

This is the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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  • I never thought I would be doing this. I never thought you would be doing this either. How did we get here? Whose balls had to be fondled with? Apparently, their name rhymes with Polverine. We never thought that a Deadpool movie was going to happen. By we, I mean the entire the world. No, we are not counting that Deadpool from that Wolverine film that we refuse to pretend it exists. But we are here, the merc with a mouth has finally got his own movie and not only does he have his own movie, his movie is rated R.

    Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

    There are going to be two different reviews you will read when you come across a Deadpool review. The first, which will be this one, will consist of the critic actually knowing the source material and knowing who Deadpool is within a comic book. The second being the complete opposite and you should take those with a grain of salt.

    Don’t get me wrong, I have read some of those reviews, mostly because they are all negative. I get what they are saying, I get where they are coming from but the thing is, they aren’t getting where Deadpool is coming from. In any comedy film, for the most part, you want your comic to have perfect timing with his jokes and you want the quips to stick. Does Deadpool follow this? No, so I can understand why critics would be frustrated by the film. Any fan of the comic would know that Deadpool could care less about comedic timing more than the next person and if he wants to say something obnoxious, he is going to say it no matter what is happening. That is the Deadpool within the pages of the comics and that is the Deadpool we got on the big screen. So, I praise the quips that were just thrown out there to be thrown out there, the countless dick jokes and even the jokes that did not stick because that is Deadpool.

    Deadpool took a huge risk with their central character that Ryan Reynolds hopes will get franchised and it is a huge risk that will be appreciated by comic book fans around the world. What we would not appreciate though the minimum risk taken with the rest of the characters, especially the villains. The film feels more of a comedy before anything else but don’t get me wrong, the action scenes are beautifully choreographed. It just seems as if the screenwriters lost focus on making any character besides Deadpool interesting. Our villain for the film, Ajax, is given very little to do in the film and the haziness behind his super slave project does not help either. The stakes are never high and due to that, we don’t really care if he gets stopped at the end of the day. We just want Deadpool to finish him off in some hilarious gory fashion.

    Even though I do feel that fans have received a Deadpool that we will cherish, I do feel that Deadpool was slightly confined. Deadpool is known for making other heroes’ lives a living hell within the Marvel Universe (especially Wolverine and Spider-Man) and the studio does make an attempt to show this by including Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus. But I consider those second-rate X-Men but the beauty of Deadpool is that the merc with a mouth realizes this too and turns it into another gag for the film.

    Wade Wilson has been revived and we can officially pretend that Wolverine film no longer exists. Correction, we are not pretending, it simply does not exist. This film was made for the fans and the fans will go see this film no matter what critics or their parents (for those under 18) might say. Its is filled with stylish action, hilarious one-liners, the merc with a mouth that we all wanted and Stan Lee as a DJ for a strip club. Who can ask for more?

  • (RATING: ☆☆☆½ out of 5)

    THIS FILM IS RECOMMENDED.

    IN BRIEF: Ryan Reynolds makes us care about this violent superhero and that’s the better half of the fun.

    GRADE: B-

    PLOT SUMMARY: After a scientific experiment that renders him disfigured but endowed with superhuman strength and powers, Wade becomes Deadpool, an anti-hero who wants revenge. Our dual reviews follow:

    JIM”S REVIEW: The Marvel Superhero Factory unleashes another action figure from its assembly line of comic book personalities, a hip but crazed vigilante who goes by the name Deadpool. Coming from the second tier of players, instead of its popular A-Team of Avengers, this brand of superhero has some interesting traits unlike his predecessors. Besides loving to kick ass and destroy his foes, this character lobs double entendres and curses to anyone in his vicinity, beats everyone to the bloodiest of pulp (hence, the film’s adult rating), and breaks down any walls in his way, especially the fourth one with his pithy and snide asides to our moviegoing audience.

    The plot is a typical revenge / action movie. Wade Wilson (a wonderfully charming Ryan Reynolds, who uses his sex appeal most appealingly) takes the form of our favorite mercenary, Deadpool, ready to do battle with his maker, Francis Freeman a.k.a. Ajax (a menacing Ed Skrein), a sadistic scientist and his lovely Igor named Angel Dust (Gina Carano).

    Of course, Deadpool has help from a supporting group of friends that include his girlfriend, Vanessa (a winning Morcena Baccarin), loyal sidekick, Weasel (a wise-cracking T.J. Miller), and some other X-Men crusaders, Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). The action is non-stop and so are the jokes, which land most of the time. Deadpool’s foul mouth works overtime to entertain his adult followers between the blood spatter and it all surprisingly works, excluding the over indulgence of too much slo-mo and CGI effects, frenetic editing, and shaky handheld camerawork.

    But the filmmakers never take the character or his plight so seriously as in other films of this ilk and are more obsessed with the dark humor aspects in their story. Credit goes to the screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick with their zingy one-liners and director Tim Miller, who gives the film the needed jolt of energy which allows this hero some distinctive qualities that other superheroes in the Marvel universe lack, primarily a underlying sadness that define the human character inside the superhuman.

    But it is Mr. Reynolds who contributes the most to the film’s success. The role fits him like a suit. His anti-charm is the real thing and the actor uses his physical presence to the nth degree, frontal nude scene notwithstanding.

    Deadpool is far from dead. This avenger has legs (and muscle) with just the right amount of appeal. The movie will make mucho dollars with a sequel on its way as we speak. So, fans of this comic book genre (and many new devotees) can enjoy the start of a beautiful friendship with a new adult action hero and all of his profanity and insights.

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  • Some superheroes are born and some are made which is what happened to Wade. He was an ordinary thug until the side effects were more than he wanted. He wasn’t a happy camper and he spends the rest of the time hunting down the man who made him a superhero and trying to kill him in a very unsuperhero way. I’m not a big comic guy so I don’t get everything in this movie. People were laughing and all I could do is wonder why. Even with that there was still lots of funny stuff going on.
    Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick throw out most of the movie myth conventions of superheroes, and also movies in general, as characters talk to the audience and make side comments about the action. Even with that they would have to have some action worth commenting on and they do but they never drop their character to do it. They haven’t forgotten the superhero genre, they just turned it upside down.
    Director Tim Miller keeps everything moving nicely and isn’t the least bit afraid to do things that are more than off-kilter for the typical superhero story. You have to watch closely to see some of the stuff that goes by. The opening credits are great not only making this movie stand out but getting a little satirical dig in against the predictability of genre. Even while that is going on a wallet with an I.D. for Green Lantern drifts by. These are nowhere near the funniest or sharpest stuff.
    Ryan Reynolds plays Deadpool and the character is nothing like it was in an earlier incarnation in a Wolverine movie. Without ever letting on he is anything but his character, Reynolds pokes holes at the superhero stereotypes. Morena Baccarin plays Vanessa, the girl friend of the pre-Deadpool. Her part is not written well and is very inconsistent but she plays it for all it’s worth. T.J. Miller plays best friend Weasel, the bartender at a place where the Deadpool hangs out. He lands a number of good laugh lines simply by playing the character straight and answering the way we all would, at least, want to answer.
    I sat watching this next actor and trying to remember where I knew her from but didn’t put it all together until I saw the cast list. Leslie Uggams plays the character of Blind Al, an old blind woman that Deadpool lives with because she can’t see him. This is unlike anything Uggams has played before and her timing and comic delivery are pitch perfect.
    Greg Lasalle plays the human parts of the CGI character Colossus and makes him just as human as the others. The character is voiced by Yevgeniy Kartashov and, although there is some contradictory elements, just wants all the superheros to behave as they should. A regular human character, a taxi driver named Dopinder, is played nicely by Karan Soni. Soni’s taxi driver holds his own with Deadpool and even takes some of his advice, questionable though it may be.
    This is not a movie that is going to win awards next year but it is entertaining and funny. I give it 4 unicorns out of 5. It’s a movie that will settle your stomach if you’ve seen too many superhero movies but it is not really for the kids unless you want to explain a whole lot of stuff.

  • From its opening moments – a snarkily self-aware credit sequence that lists Ryan Reynolds as “God’s Perfect Idiot,” Morena Baccarin as “A Hot Chick.” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick as “The Real Heroes Here,” and director Tim Miller as “An Overpaid Tool” – to its closing seconds, Deadpool works hard to set itself apart from the usual procession of comic book heroes that have dominated the big screen for the past two decades.

    It bears its “R” rating as a badge of honour – look, Deadpool seems to boast, not only do I have strong language and violence, I’ve got sex and nudity too! Deadpool wants to be different, to be the game changer, but the fact of the matter is it disguises its desperate need for audiences to love it with an endless barrage of mayhem and one-liners. Yes, it makes for occasionally satisfying entertainment but Deadpool is also a hot mess of a film.

    Reynolds plays Wade Wilson, a former Special Forces operative now mercenary-for-hire who, when not wisecracking his way through a series of dirty and menial jobs, smart-asses his time at Sister Margaret’s Home for Wayward Girls, a dive owned by best friend Weasel (T.J. Miller). Love comes calling in the smoking form of Vanessa (Baccarin), a prostitute with a heart of gold whose level of crazy more than matches his. In one of the film’s clever touches, the usual falling in love montage is replaced with an extended sex scene sequence that has the lovers kinking their way a year’s worth of holidays. Yes, not only does our hero enjoy sex, he is also willing to be on the receiving end of his girl’s strap-on (a cheeky nod to Deadpool’s pansexuality, though whether this is explored or ever mentioned again in the inevitable sequels remains to be seen).

    Wade’s happiness is short-lived for not only is he diagnosed with cancer, but he decides to subject himself to an experimental treatment conducted by Ajax (Ed Skrein), who doesn’t exactly warm to Wade’s irreverent ways. Needless to say, it all goes horribly wrong – Ajax puts Wade through enough stress to trigger his mutant genes, which allow Wade to self-heal like Wolverine but which also disfigure his outward appearance. Ashamed by his resembling a “testicle with teeth” or a long-lost relative of Freddy Krueger’s, Wade is determined to track Ajax, whom he believes has the power to restore his glorious looks so he can return to Vanessa and sexy-time happily ever after.

    It’s tremendously clear that the filmmakers and Reynolds have nothing but love for their chimichanga-loving protagonist, and that enthusiasm generates an infectious goodwill. The screenwriters do a fine job of retaining Deadpool’s penchant for breaking the fourth wall. Additionally, they structure the narrative in a non-linear manner, which goes a long way in masking a very slight story. One does not have to look too closely to realise that one scene is basically repeated about three or four times but with different jokes. Even the violence becomes repetitive – how many angles does one need to see a head burst open? The film may have benefited from a bit more budget, something not so subtly alluded to by Wade at the number of X-Men on hand to assist him.

    Reynolds has never been better. He famously portrayed Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but that was Wolverine’s film more than anything else. Plus, it doesn’t matter how tall, muscled and goodlooking you are – if Hugh Jackman is starring as Wolverine, then no one else exists in the frame. Deadpool is the star vehicle Reynolds has been waiting for, and he runs away with it. Reynolds has long had the impudence, but it’s often undercut by a blandness that pervades his personality. Here, the blandness is held at bay as Reynolds lets his freak flag fly, though it’s no doubt that Reynolds does his best work with the mask on.

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  • Quickie Review:

    Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), is a Special Forces operative that undergoes an experimental treatment that could save his life. Though it works, it leaves him severely scarred. Armed with his weapons, fighting skills, healing powers, a new name, and foul mouth, Deadpool seeks revenge on the man who ruined his life. Deadpool is violent, juvenile, and offensive… but it’s all so much fun! This is not a movie for everyone, but if you are looking to have a truly unique superhero movie experience, there is no better fit. This is a ground breaking film in the genre, fully embracing the absurdity of the source material, and going balls to the wall (I can imagine Deadpool giggling now) with its R-rating.

    Full Review:

    I’m not a big follower of Deadpool in the comics or cartoons, but ever since I saw the leaked footage few years back I’ve been aching to see it released as a feature film. What followed the leak was the overwhelming call for a movie from the fans, the most brilliant marketing for a film, and to the relief of many a movie that held up to the hype!

    It should come as no surprise, Ryan Reynolds killed it (and many… many bad guys) as Deadpool. He is perhaps the best embodiment of a comic book character since Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. Normally a superhero origin follows the story structure starting with the main character having a normal life, then a freak accident that gives him powers, training to control his powers, and then finally fight the bad guy who takes his girlfriend. YAWN! To hell with that! We begin the movie with Deadpool already in suit and ready to kick butt, blow up heads, and cut off limbs. The a**-kicking in this movie is beautifully shot. The action sequences may not be grand in scale as compared to other comic book movies but they are perhaps some of the most creative. Meanwhile even during the fight scenes the movie never wastes a moment to show our hero’s twisted, yet hilarious personality. His juvenile quips and foul mouth will surprisingly make full grown adults giggle like a 5th grader. The reason it works is because the movie is self-aware and self-deprecates itself every chance it gets. As a result you don’t have to take things too seriously. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the mayhem.

    With all this praise, you might be wondering why I haven’t given this movie a perfect score. Well, simply because there are some noticeable weaknesses that I can’t get past. I touched upon the typical origin story structure, and no the film doesn’t follow that order. Instead each of those elements are present in the movie in the form of flashbacks and flashforwards. Though it’s a unique execution to tell Deadpool’s story it doesn’t always work. Sometimes just as a flashback becomes interesting it cuts to present day, and vice versa. So there were moments where I felt like screaming “NO! Go back!” Thankfully the relentless pace of the movie helped me get past that feeling somewhat, but it happened one too many times for my taste. Setting that aside, I’m surprised how unimpressed I was by the villain. He was just a British dude being evil for evil sake, and all memorable moments of him are when he is being mocked by Deadpool. Heck even his first encounter with Deadpool’s mission of revenge was kind of pathetic. It’s a real pity because all other supporting cast including the two X-men Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead had more personality and were at least fun to watch.

    Deadpool is without a doubt one the most unique superhero movies out there. If you are tired of the world at stake plots and want to return to a small scale story with the focus on the main hero, then look no further. In a movie with unrelenting amounts of jokes and violence, there are bound to be some misses, but the hits that land will undoubtedly be memorable. So definitely check this movie out!

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  • It is evident for around 5 minutes of Gavin Hood’s disastrous X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) that Fox were onto something with their casting of Ryan Reynolds as the gobby mercenary Wade Wilson aka Deadpool. That was until he had his mouth sown together and turned into a super weapon before he could resemble anything like the character who had garnered a legion of loyal readers in Marvel’s comic-book world. Talks of a reboot were in the air even since, and despite Reynolds’ public support of the movie and obvious fan anticipation, it felt like it would never happen.

    With Fox now piecing their beloved and highly lucrative franchise back together following Days of Future Past’s re-setting of the timeline (deleting Hood’s movie and Brett Ratner atrocious X-Men: The Last Stand in the process), the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ finally arrived to glowing reviews, fan adoration, and a box-office taking that was beyond anyone’s expectations. The early trailers teased that the character would be at his foul-mouthed, sarcastic best, and although Deadpool is set firmly within the same universe as Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, it certainly doesn’t follow the same rules.

    Deadpool is all about Deadpool, and so the plot can be summed up within the same sentence. The climax essentially plays out throughout the entire movie, with Ryan Reynolds’ already-suited-up hero ambushing a gang of bad guys on a freeway and taking them out in various gruesome ways. We flash back to his time working as muscle-for-hire in New York, where he meets escort Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) at a bar and the two fall in love. Wade soon learns he has aggressive cancer, and, without Vanessa’s knowledge, volunteers for an experimental treatment that he soon learns consists of torture at the hands of Ajax (Ed Skrein), who hopes to awaken latent mutant genes in his subjects. He escapes the lab with the ability to heal but permanently disfigured, with a plan to take revenge and win back Vanessa.

    A lot of Deadpool’s success has been put down to its R rating, and the film certainly flaunts its freedom to make dick jokes and kill its characters in a variety of gruesome ways. While this may be the case to some degree, it seems that people forget Deadpool is, most importantly, offering something different in an already-overcrowded superhero market. While the filthy sense of humour does grate at times, especially whenever Wade’s friend Weasel (T.J. Miller) is on screen, Deadpool is anything but the traditional brooding superhero with the weight of the world on their shoulders, he is selfish and self-absorbed yet motivated by his love for Vanessa, repeatedly breaking the fourth wall and informing us that he is fully aware of his role in the movie. When he is dragged by X-Men Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) to Professor X’s mansion, he wonders whether it will be Patrick Stewart or James McAvoy awaiting him.

    But the low-key approach, although refreshing, also shrinks the movie. The fragmented narrative offers a slightly new take on the origin movie, but take this away and the film still falls into the same genre trappings. There’s the love interest, the life-changing experiment, the forgettable bad guy – all tropes covered in a hundred films before it. So without an enticing plot to sink the teeth into, a lot falls on the charisma of Reynolds as a character intended to provoke a strong reaction. Thankfully, Reynolds gives his best performance, a role worthy of his natural screen presence and slightly idiosyncratic delivery. Whether the humour is for you or not (it certainly made me laugh out loud throughout), you have to admire director Tim Miller’s belief in such a risky project, and it will hopefully open the gates to the possibility of more adult superhero movies in a genre always in need of fresh input.

    Rating: 3/5

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  • You’re probably thinking, “my boyfriend said this was a superhero movie but that guy in the red suit just turned that other guy into a f*cking kebab!” Well, I may be super. But I’m no hero.

    Despite the feeling of satiety when it comes to superhero movies, I still had to see this new hero from the Marvel stable. Now, you didn’t need much to persuade me to watch it. Certainly not after I saw the revealed trailer last year. Immediately I was convinced that this could become a mega blockbuster. It was so brilliant and witty. Trust me, I was sick and tired of the world of The Avengers, X-Men and Super/Spiderman. Besides “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Ant-Man”, most superhero movies were just a copy from the previous episodes. Another story-line but with the same principle. “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Ant-Man” and “Deadpool” are an exception to that rule. A refreshing breeze through the superheroes universe.

    Right from the opening credits you know what to expect. A mixture of bluntly, spectacular action and sharp, unabashed humor. “Deadpool” is “some douche-bag’s film” and as protagonist “God’s perfect idiot” with “a hot chick” to take revenge on “a British villain” with the help of “a moody teen” and “a CGI character”. Produced by “asshats”, written by “the real heroes here” and directed by “an overpaid tool”. You can read this during the opening shot with the camera zooming out in slow motion during a devastating car-crash. Maybe it’s not high-level humor, but it’s an indication that you shouldn’t take it all seriously. A crossfire of sarcastic, sexual and provocative one-liners throughout the whole film. Deadpool is an outsider at all levels who uses both self-deprecating and offensive text lines. The humor is sometimes as explicit as the violence used in the movie. Graphic violence with well thought sarcasm is exactly the combination I love the most.

    Ryan Reynolds could drop his acting talent, since he wears the Deadpool mask practically the entire movie. I have no doubts about his abilities as an actor. Certainly not after seeing him in “Mississippi Grind” and “Woman in Gold”. The mediocre movies in which he turned up (“RIPD”, “Safe House” and “Green Lantern”) were from a significantly lower level. But this was certainly not due to Reynolds, but rather because of a measly movie script. In “Deadpool” physical stamina, agility and speaking skills are more important than acting skills. His greatest merit is his perseverance to get this Deadpool project realized, despite the resistance of the Marvel despots. After a cameo in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, his obstinacy and the enthusiasm of the Deadpool-supporters made sure this film was realized. Thank God for that!

    I include this highly entertaining and over-the-top movie in the list of most successful movies of the year. For all I care they can think up a few sequels, even though I thoroughly hate sequels. As long as the concept stays intact and both humor and action are of an equivalent level. “Deadpool” fascinated me so much, that even the presence of Gina Carano didn’t bother me. Ed Skrein showed again that he’s cut out for a role as crazy villain and that participating in a monstrosity as “The transporter refueled” was a misjudgment. One thing is clear though. Haven’t you seen this flick? Put on a red latex suit, place yourself in front of a widescreen television and have fun with this unpretentious, anti-hero.

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