RELEASED: 10th February 2016
DIRECTOR: Tim Miller
CAST: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapičić, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni and Jed Rees
BOX OFFICE WORLDWIDE: $782.6m
AWARDS: None (2 Golden Globe nominations)
The film focuses on Wade Wilson, a dishonourably discharged special forces operative now working as a mercenary and in a relationship with a woman named Vanessa. As Vanessa accepts his marriage proposal, Wade is diagnosed with terminal cancer. One day he’s approached by a mysterious man, offering an experimental cure for his cancer, leading Wade down a course towards becoming superhuman and out for revenge against the one responsible for ruining his looks.
Bar the exception of another comic book film that came out recently, Deadpool is one of the biggest success stories of the decade in not just that genre, but in the film industry as a whole as it would become not only the highest grossing X-Men film, but also the highest grossing R-Rated film at the time. While the marketing certainly played a role with its trailers, its unconventional billboard posters (with the film being released around Valentine’s Day and have one of the posters play into that was a stroke of genius!) and social media presence, it also helped that the film is entertaining as hell. Of all things to take from this film (and its sequel) is that it actually contains of the most sincere, genuine romantic couple’s in the comic book genre in Wade Wilson and Vanessa, the chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Monica Baccarin is terrific to see on screen. Speaking of Ryan Reynolds, he is literally the heart and soul of this film, playing the role of Wade Wilson like his life depends on it (especially after the portrayal of the same character back in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which is jabbed at a few times here) and carries it with his bags of charm and charisma. Sure it’s humour can be viewed as childish, crass, but I had a good laugh at Wade’s antics and how the character just keeps pressing certain characters buttons. With what it’s juggling in its duration, the film does a good job balancing the origin, love and revenge stories together.
FAVOURITE SCENE: The montage of Wade working his way through the cannon fodder to find out where Francis is.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “It’s funny that I only ever see two of you. It’s almost like the studio couldn’t afford another X-Man.” – Deadpool
DID YOU KNOW: During a talk at Google, Ryan Reynolds revealed that the taxi driver character “Dopinder” was named after “a really cool guy” he knew in elementary school, who died when he was hit by lightning. It was meant to be a tribute to him.