Deadpool (2016) Review

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Deadpool has had one of the best marketing campaigns in recent memory, I’ll give it that. Ever since being announced last year we have been bombarded with R-rated segments , and Ryan Reynolds’ Twitter has gone into overload. So with the film creating such a hype about itself, could it put its money where its (rather filthy) mouth is.

Those who are huge fans of Deadpool and those who have loved the movie’s marketing campaign are likely to fall in love with this film- it stays loyal to the tone of the comics and the trailers through-out and never lets up and whilst this is one of the movie’s strengths, it is also one of its biggest weaknesses. See, the big issue with Deadpool the movie is that unfortunately it is nowhere near as smart, funny, or important as it thinks it is.

Opening with spoof opening credits that list all the genre’s cliches, the movie begins with Deadpool taking part in a shoot out on a motorway, before he stops and begins to tell us his back story. The opening sequence is superbly done, chucking us right into the deep end in terms of action, but right from the off the jokes lack the required punch. Deadpool’s musings (‘Did I leave the stove on?) feel tired before they even get going, perhaps down to the fact they’ve been drilled into us during the promotional campaign, or perhaps because they’re not all that funny anyway.

The film then turns into yet another superhero origin story. Note- just because you acknowledge the fact you are going through a genre’s cliches doesn’t mean you are any less guilty of them- it doesn’t make you any smarter than them either. The film’s mid section is just another, rather uninspiring, origin story, that ultimately lasts a little too long. We find out Deadpool was once Wade Wilson, an ex military guy who works as a hired heavy for people. He meets, and falls in love with a girl called Vannesa, everything is going swell, then he gets terminal cancer. To solve this problem he takes on life threatening surgery, where he is tortured, disfigured, and ultimately given his powers. He then sets out on a quest to get those who did it to him.

The film finally gets to where it should be in the final third. The gags come thick and fast, and they actually manage to work, thanks in large to some brilliant supporting characters and the final battle, whilst being unoriginal is still highly entertaining. Leaving us with hope that the inevitable sequel can improve on this one’s flaws.

It seems needless to say that Reynolds is perfectly cast as Deadpool as it seems to have been long established that he was born for the role. The rest of the cast all give fine supporting performances and help the film out when it is struggling, an on-going gag with a taxi driver is a particular highlight.

Deadpool is a good film, its just nowhere near as good as it thinks it is. It’s the kind of satire that just becomes the thing it is taking aim at. Being self aware doesn’t hide away from the fact that this is really, just another superhero movie, just one with a few more winks to the camera and slightly more violence.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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