Directed by Tim Miller
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapicic, and Leslie Uggams.
In recent years, Deadpool has become one of the more popular characters in the Marvel pantheon. Maybe it has to do with how superheroes are starting to dominate pop culture, and a lot of Deadpool’s appeal is breaking the fourth wall and mocking everything going on. Anyway, after a brief — and botched — appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the project fell silent, until some leaked test footage a few years ago got overwhelmingly positive reviews. And now, Deadpool is in your local cinema.
Wade Wilson, former special forces operative, but grew a conscience and now works as a mercenary, shaking down thugs. He meets the love of his life, Vanessa, and things are going good…until the inoperable cancer hits. Soon, he’s recruited by a shadowy organization in an attempt to give him superpowers that could cure his cancer. Since the super-soldier process involves months of torture and ultimately leaves Wilson horribly scarred, when his superpowers do kick in, he breaks out and swears vengeance. Taking the name Deadpool, he begins slaughtering those in charge of the program. With two X-Men in tow, Deadpool is soon on track for a confrontation with the villainous Ajax, the man behind the program. Will Deadpool win the day?
What I Liked
The film is just incredibly funny. Deadpool’s constant wisecracks and comments on the situation just completely set this above the rest. And then you get Colossus from X-Men, playing the part of the stereotypical “boy scout” superhero, and they make for an interesting dynamic. The action sequences are good. And the end product is highly entertaining.
What I Didn’t Like
Still doesn’t change the fact that it’s a pretty routine, by-the-numbers superhero plot.
An incredibly entertaining superhero outing, thanks to a very entertaining lead.