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Movie Review: Deadpool

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A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool.

The wait is finally over. Deadpool is now in theatres and you’re probably thinking, is it everything you were hoping for? Well, I can assure you, it is.

Deadpool, as you can tell from the numerous trailers and short clips, is not your typical superhero film. Deadpool doesn’t want to be called a hero either, so be careful what you call him or else he will come chop your… you get the point. From the first second of the film, you’re already laughing in your seat. I mean that. Yes, there’s credits at the beginning, but it doesn’t mean you should be late to the film. Let’s be honest, there’s still 10 minutes of commercials, 10 minutes of trailers and then 3 minutes of that cute, but annoying Cineplex short. There is absolutely no excuse for you to be that late. Anyway, Deadpool is hilarious throughout the entire film. It’s not here and there nor are the jokes hit and miss, it’s right through the film and every joke lands. I don’t think I’ve heard my wife laugh so much by the end of the film, so there’s that too. There are certainly a few offensive jokes and sure, you can make the case that you don’t need to be offensive to be funny, but if those things kind of get to you (there’s not many) please don’t let it ruin the film for you. The film also makes fun of Ryan Reynold’s previous superhero film, Green Lantern and they take some shots at X-Men and even Hugh Jackman/Wolverine. All in good fun.

Where do I even begin with the cast. I guess I could start with the man of the hour, Ryan Reynolds. I think many people are really overlooking what Ryan Reynolds has done for this film. Think about it. He started with Green Lantern, which was awful. And for those of you who don’t know, Green Lantern is a DC character. Surprisingly (at least to me), studios let him “switch sides” and joined the Marvel side and became Deadpool. Now, Reynolds has been lobbying for this film since 2005. Yes, 11 years ago. Where the whole superhero phase we are currently in, didn’t even exist yet. Would Deadpool have been successful back then? I highly doubt it. Also, Reynolds took a pay cut to get this film made. Sure, he still made millions, but it’s the fact that he wanted this so bad, he knew the fans wanted it even more so he pushed and he pushed hard to get it done. With all that being said, he kills it as Deadpool. You know people always say, “I couldn’t imagine a different actor playing that character. They were just so good and no one else could’ve done better”. As silly as it may sound, I truly believe it. Reynolds portrays Deadpool perfectly and honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Reynolds has that “side” of him in his personal life. Come on, we all have 2 sides. T.J. Miller, who plays Weasel, was great in what he had to do, but I expected a bit more from his character. There was no real back story for his character, he kind of just shows up. Now, if you didn’t know who Morena Baccarin was, you will now. Morena plays Vanessa, who is Deadpool’s girlfriend in the film. She is beautiful and while she had her moments throughout the film, I thought she was still great and I think she’s about to get popular really fast after this film. Lastly, Ed Skrein, who is Ajax, was awesome. He really has that villain look to him and I have no complaints about his character in the film.

The action is insane. The film is extremely gruesome, so if that’s not your thing, be prepared to look away from the screen numerous times and miss a lot of funny scenes. Just tough it out. Being a Vancouverite, it was nice to see all the places they filmed at and what it would look like destroyed. The visuals were great and really smooth. I tend to notice notice the low budget scenes in films, but I couldn’t in Deadpool. As for the story, even though it jumps around and wraps up a little too quick for me, it’s still a solid story that keeps you engaged.

Yes, a sequel is already in the works, don’t you worry. Make sure to stay till after the credits for a short clip. It’s not much, but it’s still another laugh and you find out who will be in the next film. It’s worth the wait.

Fun fact: The Deadpool costume had a muscle layer underneath, that had to be removed because Ryan Reynolds was so muscular the costume was not only too tight for him but it made him look overlarge.

Overall, without being too picky about all the small things, Deadpool is hilarious and is a must watch. I’ll probably go watch it again this weekend. So, don’t be a dick and go watch Deadpool this weekend instead of How To Be Single or Zoolander 2. (Sorry, my inner Deadpool got to me. You’re not a dick. You’re a wonderful human being and there’s nothing wrong with Zoolander 2 or How To Be Single).

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