Movie Review: Deadpool (2016)

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Deadpool is not a super-hero. Let’s just get that out of the way first. Known for constant talking, horrendous violence and some very colourful language, Deadpool is the 2016 film adaption of the much beloved comic book character. Previously seen on screen in X-Men III, also played by Ryan Reynolds, the version from that film an abortion of a character, and the less said the better, so just rest assured that this film does it right. This film is crude, violent and hilarious, and definitely not for kids.

+ Deadpool (Reynolds, in a full-body suit for the vast majority of the film) looks and acts according to his paperback counterpart. The very subtle CGI on the mask is perfect for the “facial expressions” of a masked character (which, as a side note, is what Spiderman sorely needs in his films)
+ in our real world of superhero films, it is refreshing to have a film with a character whom goes against the grain, with the violence and language used
+ supporting protagonist Colossus (all CGI, but voiced by Stefan Kapičić) is wonderful as a character and hero, which is hardly surprising considering they actually portrayed him as more than ‘some Russian dude that turns to metal’. Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) was used sparingly, but each moment was definitely memorable
+ as secondary antagonist Angeldust, Gina Carano is just awesome. I have a huge crush on her, and seeing her kick all kinds of ass was just a joy to watch
+ converse to the MCU films, it is the opening credits of Deadpool which are fantastic

– Ed Skrein as main antagonist Ajax is, quite frankly, bland. He appears to be evil for the sake of evil and the joke in the opening credits that there would be ‘an English villain’ in the film is proven sadly accurate
– somewhat anti climactic, or at least a very straight-forward story. Much of the film’s action was already shown in the trailers, so it was perhaps lacking in some twists or turns

> Was the climax of the film on a certain organisation’s downed helicarrier, perhaps? Or was it just a junk yard?

Should you see this film: Yes. It has a few problems of it’s own, but it is clear from the very beginning that this is a labour of love from Ryan Reynolds, and it is certainly funny, action-packed and important enough to warrant at least a single watch.

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