Review: Deadpool (dir. Tim Miller, 2016)
Violent, quip-laden superhero film that indulges in self-referential meta-humour as much as it does crude, sexual humour. Highly entertaining sophomoric juvenilia that revels in its nerd-dom and pokes fun at the very comics-based industry it celebrates and is part of. Brutal, silly and joyful celebration of superhero geekiness.
Adapting a character like Deadpool to the big screen didn’t go well the first time around in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (dir. Gavin Hood, 2006), but this time Ryan Reynolds got to indulge in a fairly accurate portrayal of the infamous ‘Merc with a Mouth’. Rated 15 in the UK. Deadpool is a gratuitously violent superhero film with a penchant for off-colour sexual humour. Ryan Reynolds plays Wade Wilson, a smart-mouthed former Special Forces soldier turned mercenary. Wilson is diagnosed with terminal cancer, volunteers for an experimental treatment that gives him superpowers, and ends up going on a violent revenge rampage.