Entertainment Deadpool, the merc with the mouth.

Published on February 12th, 2016 | by Ben Kohler

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Deadpool: this time they didn’t sew his fucking mouth shut!

Rating: 10/10

This was my most anticipated movie of 2016 and holy crap did it blow me away as I so dearly hoped it would!

Deadpool is about a small-time mercenary with a special forces background who is soon to be married but finds out he is chock full of el cancer. In a desperate attempt to get cured, he enters a secret program which brings out latent mutant genes in him through torture and leaves him with a horribly scarred body and healing abilities that make Wolverine’s look kinda cute. He then adopts the alter-ego Deadpool and goes out to find the guy that messed him all up to make him fix the scarring so he can return to his fiancée.

 

This movie could not have been much more perfect. There are some very small things like changing the origin of the name “Deadpool” a bit, there could have been some more Mexican food talk and it’d be good if they could have confirmed if the program Deadpool was put through was the Weapon X Program, which it is in the comics, but aside from a few small things this movie could not have been done any better.

Firstly, the humour is perfect. It’s meta and full of fourth-wall breaks, often quite crude and irreverent and it pokes fun constantly at the medium of film. There are references to heaps of characters and often the actors who play them and it’s perfect. There are some awesome Wolverine and Hugh Jackman jokes I shan’t spoil. In fact you know you’re in for a perfect Deadpool movie from the very beginning with a fantastic opening credits sequence that makes fun of the movie before it has even begun. There is also an awesome post-end credits scene that people need to stick around for.

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One of the best movie posters ever. Image via geektyrant.com.

Another great thing about this movie is the love story. It isn’t the same old fake love story you see all the time in movies today, especially in those light romantic comedies that sadly make so much money. It doesn’t feel two-dimensional and plastic but feels like a real relationship between two actual people that have layers that isn’t just there to make us think “Deadpool needs to do X because that girlfriend is in danger somehow or something, come on Deadpool!”

Also the cast is awesome. Five time Academy Award viewer Ryan Reynolds is to Deadpool what Hugh Jackman is to Wolverine or what Robert Downey Jr. is to Iron Man. It’s hard to imagine anyone else being so perfect for the character. Morena Baccarin is great as Vanessa as she gives us a real character that matters and doesn’t do the usual thing of being the Yang to her kinda dark boyfriend’s Yin, they’re both a little Yin and a little Yang. TJ Miller was an excellent choice for Weasel since he just embodies that character and his humour so well, as well as his role alongside Deadpool. Also, Stefan Kapicic made a great Colossus, he’s finally Russian and is the real hero he is the comics, not so disposable like he is in X3!

But one actor and character that stood out I thought was Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, which as Deadpool points out is pretty much the coolest name ever. She was one of my favourite parts of the movie and it’s so lucky she was in there since she is a very minor, but awesome, character in the comic books.

The Wedding of Deadpool.

The cover of The Wedding of Deadpool holds the world record for most number of comic book characters on a single issue cover. Image via urban-collector.com.

Last thing I’ll mention is the action and how awesome it is. It was very heavily practical with just the right amount of CG in there. It was the perfect balance between these two things that reminded me of The Force Awakens. This aspect of the film was also greatly helped out by some terrific directing by Tim Miller, or An Overpaid Tool. One of the things that made the directing so good was that there was not a whole lot of cuts like you expect from the majority of action movies nowadays, you can actually tell what’s going on! Also it was super bloody and that is how Deadpool should be!

To sum it up, Deadpool is an awesome action and comedy movie that is an almost totally perfect translation of the source material and as you leave the cinema you should remember to take your garbage with you.

 

Update 15/2/2016: image credits and captions have been added to this post since originally uploaded.

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