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He stalks the Marvel Universe but Deadpool is no hero. In this refreshingly oddball if uneven X-Men spin-off, Ryan Reynolds is in his element as the grudging mutant whose tongue is as sharp as the swords on his back. He uses those to dispatch the bad guys - or the "worse guys" as he puts it - with cool ninja moves, cracking wise all the way and breaking the fourth wall to send up a cluster of superhero clichés. His target is Ajax (Ed Skrein) - mocked in the credits as "British villain" - who uses cruel and unusual punishment to cure our antihero of cancer and alter his genes, giving him the power of self-healing but also unsightly burns - just for laughs. In this state, Deadpool (once a mercenary called Wade Wilson) feels unable to return home to Vanessa (
Morena Baccarin), the woman who redeems his naughtiness. It's this vulnerability and Reynolds self-effacing humour (getting shot in the backside is "right up Main Street") that keeps you rooting for him. Director Tim Miller, making his feature debut, sometimes struggles with the balance of extreme black comedy, violence and lovey-dovey stuff so Deadpool is rough around the edges, but that's also part of his charm.
A fast-talking former mercenary develops terminal cancer, and agrees to be the subject in a shady experiment in the hope of a cure. The procedure leaves him horribly disfigured, but also possessing superhuman abilities which he immediately puts to use in a quest for revenge on the man responsible for his hideous appearance. Superhero comedy adventure, starring Ryan Reynolds and Morena Baccarin.
Cast & Crew
Wade / Deadpool
T J Miller
Negasonic Teenage Warhead
Strip club MC
20th Century Fox
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity.
DVD and Blu-ray
10 Feb 2016
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