[WARNING: REVIEW CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS]
The time has finally come. After much anticipation, the Deadpool movie arrived in the UK this past week, and it was well worth the wait.
The film can easily be summed up in one word – for fans of the Merc with a Mouth, at least – perfect. However, even for people new to the Deadpool franchise, this is an extremely entertaining and enjoyable film.
A lot of fans were waiting with baited breath after Deadpool’s last outing in the Wolverine Origins film in 2009, but this time Ryan Reynolds and Fox most definitely did the character justice. Ryan Reynolds is to Deadpool what Hugh Jackman is to Wolverine; after watching the film, you will not be able to imagine anyone else playing the role of the deadly assassin.
Other characters in the film included the evil British villain Ajax (Ed Skrein) and his sidekick Angel Dust (Gina Carano), X-Men Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool’s best friend Weasel (T.J. Miller), and the love of his life Copycat (Morena Baccarin), who is only referred to as Vanessa during this film.
The mixture of comedy, a love story, tragedy and explosive action is almost certain to keep audiences hooked throughout. Just like Deadpool himself, this movie is full of energy. With its action, gore, swearing and sex scenes, the PG15 rating is well deserved; Deadpool is not for children. He is Marvel’s most lethal assassin, and the film helps reflect this with ongoing jokes about his kill count.
The plot of the film follows Deadpool and his origins, and the story between him and the love of his life Vanessa. We witness Wade’s struggle from mercenary to anti-hero as his life falls apart, and the experimental cure for his cancer starts to take its hold. The film shows Wade’s hunt for revenge and a cure for his disfigurement, with lots of violence and swearing along the way. Starting out with how Wade Wilson became the anti-hero is a great way to introduce the world to his character, and gives plentiful story options for any future sequels.
During the movie, there are plenty of subtle (and not so subtle) references that fans will love, as well as various cameos. Stan Lee makes his usual cameo, but so does creator of the character himself, Rob Liefeld. A street sign with co-creator Fabian Nicieza appears at one point, as well as a coffee cup and street sign with Liefeld’s name on it. A conversation with a man named “Bob” is also a nice added touch for the fans, and these are just a few of the many Easter eggs the film contains.
If initial box office figures and packed-out cinemas are anything to go by, Deadpool could well be Fox’s most popular Marvel film. With a sequel already having been green-lit, an interesting post-credits scene, and Reynolds himself saying he wants to play the character for the rest of his life, it’s almost certain that we will not have seen the last of the Merc with the Mouth.