Lunar Drive-in - Sunday 14 February 2016, 9:00pm
Running time: 100m
Country: United States
Classification: MA15+ (Strong bloody violence and sex scene)
Release date: 11/02/16
Rating: 6/10 (2.5/5 ME, 3.5/5 DP)
Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a mercenary on the fringe of society. When he meets Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) it looks like things are about the change for the better, but when he faces a terminal illness with nothing left to lose he decides to become a mutant... as you do. Enter Deadpool, a mean lean killing machine with a bad attitude and a potty mouth to match. But will he be able to defeat the villain and get the girl, or isn't it that kind of film?
Deadpool is the latest Marvel film to draw from the X-Men universe and presents an anti-hero story that is humourous, vulgar and violent. Unlike many films based on comic characters, Deadpool doesn't take itself too seriously (the opening credits are a delight) nor does it hold back on explicit blood guts and sex scenes. The script is snappy and crude though the rawness of the interactions between the characters quickly becomes repetitive. If you didn't get the joke the first time that this is a different kind of Marvel films you'll have many many many more opportunities to work it out. Ryan Reynolds is fun as the title character and brings an appropriate amount of charming arrogance. It's a confusing film to categorise with elements of comedy, action and parody genres but enjoyable nonetheless. (ME)
Guest review: Honest Rob
This is the story of Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who is diagnosed with cancer and is offered a chance at life by a random guy in a suit. After being subjected to a rogue treatment which not only leaves him horribly deformed, he acquires accelerated healing powers and the alter ego Deadpool. With his new abilities and an even darker, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool has a new mission; to hunt down the man who left him freakishly scarred and save his best girl.
Right from the start the movie lets you know that this isn’t going to be a regular flick with the credits written from Deadpool’s perspective. You’ll understand what I mean when you see it. Finally Ryan Reynolds is a part of a movie that will be remembered as a great success and not a failure or even mediocre at best like so many of his previous films including Self/Less, The Green Lantern and R.I.P.D. He is teamed up with a great cast including Ed Skrein who plays a pretty good bad guy and T.J. Miller as his best friend/Bar Tender but it’s probably the back and forth repartee with characters like Blind Al (an old blind black lady that he lives with) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (angsty teenager mutant from Marvel comics) that helps puts this movie above most Marvel movies.
So who will like this film? Anyone below the age of 60 with a crass or dark sense of humour. If you like Family Guy or The Simpsons you’ll love it. I gave this movie a 7.7 because it’s different from those money making machine's thrown out to the mindless masses by Marvel. As per usual Stan Lee the creator of Marvel comics makes a funny cameo. The movie makes more fun of itself referring to how the studio cut money from the budget (7 million to be exact). So go into this movie with a friend or two because you will have plenty of scenes and one liner’s to refer to afterwards. Now this film does have plenty of action scenes but it simply is a comedy first and foremost, even throwing in comedy during the middle of big fight scenes. A big reason this film has broken records in the U.S. is that it really hit social media hard with plenty of funny jokes about itself. Most of the hard work can be attributed to Ryan Reynolds as he didn’t want to make another failure like in 2007 when The Green Lantern was released to dismal box office takings.
To be honest I don’t see any sequels doing that well because they have nowhere to go from here. This is an origin film so it’s all new and exciting to meet and understand the characters but to listen this to Deadpool be an obnoxious jerk for another hour and a half well you might as well save yourself the $20 and watch three episodes of Family Guy back to back. (Honest Rob)
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