“With great power comes great irresponsibility.”
If ever a tagline gave an indication of what audiences could expect upon seeing Deadpool, the parody of the infamous Spiderman quote summed it up in a microcosm.
Hilarious, crass, violent, lewd and, at times, heartfelt, Deadpool has taken everything from the typical superhero film rulebook – and scribbled all over it.
Right from the opening credits, the film’s self-deprecating humour is brought to the fore, with director Tim Miller described as “An Overpaid Tool” and star Ryan Reynolds depicted as “God’s Perfect Idiot” over the culmination of a no-doubt riotous car chase scene.
And that’s just were the fun starts for the pair who fought long and hard for such a film to be given the green light.
It’s no secret that the leaked test footage provided the fulcrum for the gigantic wave of support from the internet to see Deadpool made, and Miller and Reynolds repaid that faith by producing a flick that encapsulates the character perfectly.
Charming, witty and outrageously crude, the self-styled Merc with a Mouth bulldozes his way through all manner of jokes, one-liners and retorts that will have any fan creased up with laughter.
The subtle digs and sly references to other superhero films – though, as Deadpool points out, “I didn’t ask to be super, and I’m not a hero” – only add to the humorous nature that the film prides itself on too, and even Liam Neeson bears the brunt of one particularly funny moment.
At the heart of the story, however, is something that movie goers have become used to in recent years: a man just trying to save his girl from the bad guys.
Reynolds and Morena Baccarin, who plays Vanessa, Wade Wilson’s/Deadpool’s significant other, sparkle on camera as the pair ooze chemistry in every scene they feature in together.
And it is their relationship that is pulled apart when Wilson, diagnosed with terminal cancer, leaves his fiance in the middle of the night to take up the offer from a shady organisation who claim they can cure his cancer.
Instead, said ‘cure’ ends up disfiguring Wilson permanently, despite giving him superhuman abilities, and he sets up about taking revenge on those who physically maimed him.
The villains of the piece, Ajax and Angel Dust, played by Ed Skrein and Gina Carano, play their roles down to a tee, but merely act as cannon fodder towards the climax of the film as Deadpool, along with X-Men Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, attempt to rescue Vanessa from harm near to what appears to be a crashed S.H.I.E.L.D helicarrier – an amusing nod to another of Marvel’s major franchises.
Stefan Kapicic and Brianna Hillebrand as the X-Men duo, as well as Weasel (T.J. Miller) provide their own positives as supporting cast members but, much like Skrein and Carano, are not given enough screen time to give too much character depth – a result most likely down to funding for the movie as a whole.
But there is more than enough for Deadpool fanatics, and normal cinema goers alike, to enjoy from another comic book adaptation that offers up a more adult romp than its Marvel predecessors.
A post-credits scene reveals a snippet of information of what we can expect from a Deadpool sequel in typically funny fashion, and caps off another runaway success for Marvel who, even eight years on from Iron Man, can do no wrong.
Verdict: A highly enjoyable, obscene, graphic and hysterical comic book movie, Deadpool hits all the right spots and leaves much more to be uncovered in future sequels. 8/10.