Perhaps this review comes a little too late for most readers, as it seems everyone and their cat has already been to see Deadpool. It has smashed records to become the highest grossing R-rated movie ever, bringing in $491 million worldwide only in its first ten days of release—not bad for a film shot on a budget of $60 million. So on the off chance that you haven’t yet seen Deadpool, read on to find out exactly why you should.
Marvel fans have been clamouring for Deadpool to appear on the big screen for years; a wish that was finally granted in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, when a version of the character played by Ryan Reynolds appeared as one of the villains. Famously billed as the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ for his love of foul language and fourth wall breaking humour, Deadpool of Wolverine unfortunately had his mouth, er, sewn shut. The film was panned, and Ryan Reynolds helmed a campaign to give Deadpool a standalone movie. Fast forward to 2016, and Reynolds has finally gotten his wish, reprising his role as Deadpool in a film which lives up to the standards that the colourful character deserves.
I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy Deadpool. Despite its hugely successful marketing campaign, Reynolds didn’t exactly have a great track record playing superheroes. However, my doubts were very quickly put to rest when the film began, with Reynolds in top form. He’s joined onscreen by Morena Baccarin (whose impressive geek pedigree includes playing Inara on Joss Whedon’s shortlived Firefly) as his love interest Vanessa, and Ed Skrein as the villainous Ajax.
Deadpool’s humour comes mainly from its relentless barrage of fourth-wall breaking pop-culture references and crude jokes. Whilst not all of the punchlines quite hit the mark, it still managed to make me (and the rest of the packed cinema) laugh a lot. The actual plot of the film isn’t anything to write home about, centred around two action sequences and fleshed out with flashbacks to Wade Wilson’s life before he became Deadpool. A complaint common to Marvel movies made an appearance once again, which was that of the somewhat one-dimensional villain. These might seem like big problems on paper, but they don’t detract from the film’s watchability in the slightest.
Though it’s not exactly thought provoking cinema, Deadpool is a solid entry into the X-Men canon. It is violent, crude, and very, very entertaining. (If you’re not a fan of masturbation jokes, it might not be your cup of tea.) Oh, and stick around until the very end, as there’s not one, but two Ferris Bueller-esque end credits scenes that you might want to watch!