Based on the acclaimed Marvel comic book, Deadpool is the first Marvel film of 2016, and an absolute success. The film is not part of the MCU, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, meaning that it was produced by FOX Entertainment rather than Disney. Despite the failed attempt at the remake of the Fantastic Four, Fox Entertainment ventured to try again, and brought Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool to the screen. Together with the incredible ‘breaking the fourth wall’ technique, Deadpool is probably THE comedy of the year.
The film follows the life of Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who becomes better known as Deadpool once transformed into the anti-hero he is, after having been diagnosed with cancer in the most essential parts of his body, which would result in death. Wade does not give up hope just yet, and finds someone who claims to to be able to transform him into a superhero. After Wilson realises that this is not really the case, he miraculously turns into a superhero but his body and face become deformed, leading to a strong desire for revenge. The story also involves several other minor characters, such as the damsel in distress, Vanessa (Morena Baccaren), (because what superhero doesn’t have one?) and some sort of sidekick, the cabby Dopinder (Karan Sony), as well as 2 members of the X-Men team, Colossus (Stefan Kapiçic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), and finally the villain Francis (Ed Skrein). The film will have a more accurate description of the characters in the opening titles (“Director: Overpaid Tool, Deadpool: God’s Perfect Idiot,”, etc.).
In the words of Wade Wilson: You’re probably thinking, “My boyfriend said this was a superhero movie, but that guy in the suit just turned that other guy into a f***ing kebab.” Surprise, this is a different kind of superhero story. This line pretty much summarises the type of movie you’re about to watch. An unconventional, hilariously funny and quite violent superhero story, with a witty protagonist that likes breaking the fourth wall (“A 4th-wall break inside a 4th-wall break! That’s like, 16 walls!” – Curiously, this fourth-wall-breaking only happens when he’s wearing the mask). The film also makes several jokes with references that include The Wolverine and Hugh Jackman (“I’m not going to name names, but it rhymes with Polverine”) and Green Lantern (“Please don’t make the super-suit green! Or animated!”). Aside from the comical aspect of the movie, the plot itself is not that great, as it simply tells Deadpool’s origin story. But at least it does along to some epic music, including Salt-n-Pepa’s “Shoop”, DMX’s “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” and, of course, WHAM!’s “Careless Whisper”. Something typical of a Marvel film is the always hysterical Stan Lee cameo, so remember to look out for the Deadpool creator. The action can get a little intense and gory but it is nonetheless enjoyable despite the film not being in 3D.
Is it worth the trip to the cinema? Well, if you’re into dark humour and superheroes, this movie is a must. You will laugh throughout the whole two hours of film. At the same time, bear in mind that it is violent and due to the type of humour it may be offensive to some audiences and cultures, specifically when mocking Sweden (“How’s the Kullen coming along? Ikea doesn’t assemble itself, you know”). The messages that it promotes are rather negative, such as violence being the solution to all conflicts. It is definitely not advisable to take young children to watch this film for these reasons. But if you are looking for a funny movie to watch with a hero that’s out of the ordinary, you have definitely found it. And as always, don’t forget to wait for the post-credit scene! Marvel is once again very happy to provide you with a little sneak peek of the next story they have in store.
-Femke & Catalina