Deadpool

Deadpool

(2016)

Witness the beginning of a happy end.

Ryan Reynolds is Marvel's "merc with a mouth", Deadpool, in this origin story following the former Special Forces operative turned mercenary. Subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, he adopts an alter ego and hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.... More

Deadpool first appears in 2009's Fox/Marvel film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. After wooing Comic Con audiences with a spectacular CGI short, this feature looks to follow the wise-cracking, self-healing mercenary as he shoots bullets, chops heads, and NOT get his mouth sewn shut.

This is director Tim Miller's feature debut after making a couple of short films. His background is in video games and visual effects (having worked on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World).Hide

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Deadpool (the character, and the movie), is obsessed with equating sex and violence. When he says “I’m touching myself tonight” after murdering a bunch of dudes, it isn’t just a wisecrack. He really means it. It’s a kind of miracle that the ensuing scene doesn’t play out as repulsive, rather it’s genuinely funny, as is most of the film, thanks to Ryan Reynolds dialling up his charm as well as his smirk, and a tonal tightrope of a script from Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.... More

The marketing surrounding Deadpool has loudly proclaimed it a superhero movie for adults, or at least adults who want to indulge their inner teenagers’ desire for dick jokes and ultra violence. The closest comparison in terms of R-rated, self-aware super heroics are the Kick-Ass films, but this is even less subtle, obliterating the fourth wall early on. I worried this meta schtick might wear thin, but the constant ‘this is all a movie’ jokes end up being some of the best gags.

Going all-in on its outrageous content means Deadpool does stand out from the horde of superhero movies, mostly for its potty mouth but also for a pretty grim torture sequence and some nudey sex scenes (and a completely arbitrary few minutes in a strip club). But it’s also pleasingly small-scale. The world isn’t in peril, Deadpool just wants his girl back. It’s a scrappy, lowbrow little movie that really wants to offend as well as amuse, and succeeds on both counts.Hide


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BY Booper superstar

Seems like I may be the only person on earth that isn't on the Deadpool buzz.

I am a huge fan of 'all killer, no filler' movies and I found Deadpool too short - the pacing felt off and it just seemed to end suddenly. I thought Ryan Renolds played it well but ultimately I left the theatre disappointed. Maybe it gets better on rewatch?


About time a comic book superhero movie was made for adults... I am not steeped in Deadpool comic lore, however being a huge fan of Ryan Reynolds I really enjoyed this fun filled R rated flick. Finally we are not treated as simple dumbed down kids and can have an fun time with over the top action and comic book gore and violence with blood and people getting their beans. Obviously it is highly stylised but I reckon the tongue is firmly in cheek and this movie takes no prisoners as it... More effortlessly blends action and humour with loads of self aware references thrown in for good measure and extra style points. As i said I had a blast, and can't wait til the Blurry comes out, and also the next instalment of Deadpool with hopefully plenty more other marvel characters to join him in the sequel after this one raked in the big bucks!!Hide


It is just so bad. Unfunny and very, very boring. Not sure what all the fuss is about this film. All it is is a mindless fluff than comes out of a naked rear end as a big splatt.


BY DanielK superstar

Although Deadpool has received a ton of praise as a game-changer for the never-ending super-hero genre juggernaut, the movie’s bones are completely conventional - average, even. This is a generally unspectacular variation on the standard super-hero origin story that we’ve all seen time and time again, and the smart-ass tone and fun (but only moderately clever) breaking of the fourth-wall can only do so much to make it feel fresh. Not enough, in fact.

It’s a good thing, then, that... More Deadpool is funnier by far than many of the so-called comedies extruded from the Hollywood sausage machine over the last few years. The gags come thick and fast, and though the hit-rate is by no means perfect (the blind lady assembling Ikea furniture is one of several puzzling misfires), it’s still unexpectedly high. It was only during the pauses between laughter (and during the standard, drawn-out action finale) that I regretted the lack of anything genuinely fresh or different here, but the fact that those pauses were few and far between meant that Deadpool ended up being a reasonably fun, if ultimately empty, experience.Hide


BY Zamm superstar

Not for the prim and proper. Ryan Reynolds is great. Deadpool is cool. The gore was exterme in some parts that it made me laugh so hard! :-)


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The Press Reviews

83% of critics recommend.
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  • Neurotic and needy – and very entertaining. An innocent pleasure. Full Review

  • Loud, lewd, inventive and outrageous, Deadpool is a delight. All credit to Reynolds and co. for having the steel balls to go this far. Full Review

  • Drops trou to reveal itself as a really raunchy, very dirty and pretty funny goof on the entire superhero ethos... Full Review

  • As a sly demolition job on the superhero movie, it sure as hell beats “Kick-Ass.” Full Review

  • A fun, if patchy, alternative to the glut of ‘the world is about to end unless we do something’ comic-book films. Full Review

  • The fourth-wall-smashing is fun in a Ferris Bueller kind of way, but it’s never pulled off with the devious panache of Blazing Saddles, let alone Funny Games or Hellzapoppin’. Full Review

  • Bloody, shallow and oh-so-smug, Deadpool is so eager to offend that it’d almost be sweet if it wasn’t so, well, relentlessly annoying. Full Review

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