Film Review: Deadpool

Review By Frances Winston

Directed by: David Leitch – Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy

When the press-screening of a movie is the day of release, it usually triggers alarm bells with reviewers. However, Deadpool was hitting cinemas with great advance reviews, so I can only assume that the distributors were worried we couldn’t contain ourselves and would let slip a load of spoilers.

This isn’t a spoiler, but I’m going to save you some time – if you hated the first one stop reading now, because nothing I can say will make you like this. However, if you found the first one even mildly amusing (and if you haven’t seen it, it’s on Netflix) then this should definitely hit the spot.

Deadpool may be a Marvel character, but he is possibly the least family-friendly superhero you’ll ever meet – despite the fact that he states this is a family movie at the beginning. As with everything in the Deadpool universe, this has a very different meaning here, and is definitely not suitable for LO’s. It is, however, definitely suitable for grown-ups with a slightly twisted sense of humour, who like their super-heroes big, brash, and Braggadocio.

This is the role Ryan Reynolds was born to play – forget the rom-coms from earlier in his career. He has this character down to a T. As with most comic book adaptations, the plot is somewhat bonkers. After various traumas, Deadpool meets a vulnerable mutant child, and tries to defend him from an assassin from the future (all very Terminator, and the irony is not lost on the writers who pepper this with references to the Arnie classic).

But let’s face it, we’re really here for the banter and the action, and this has both in spades. From the off, it is rip-roaringly funny, but also has a lot of heart. The conceit of breaking the fourth wall really works, and you are sucked in from the off, whether you like it or not (the opening credits alone will have you crying with laughter).

All the actors play this suitably straight, but with the odd knowing-look or wry smile (Brolin in particular has this down pat) and everybody seems to be having great fun – even those who meet a grizzly end. The ‘in’ jokes about other Marvel characters are hilarious, and fans will love them. One or two of them may go over some people’s heads if you’re not an aficionado of the MCU (even though this is a Fox production due to an X-Men Rights thing, that I won’t bore you with) but they are so snappy that it shouldn’t distract from the rest of the flick.

The action scenes are fantastic! They’ve literally thrown everything but the kitchen sink at them. Having a mutant child who is a bit of a fire-starter helps, as it allows them to have plenty of explosions and flames.

As for the soundtrack – wow! Guardians of the Galaxy have some competition for resurrecting classic tracks out of context. They even use a Barbra Streisand track to hilarious effect. This is also another ‘in’ joke, because she’s actually Josh Brolin’s Stepmother, fact fans!

If I had one critique (and it’s something that didn’t bother me but it may some others) it’s that in some cases there is an assumption the audience knows more about some characters than they may. The world of Marvel is vast, and even diehard fans will have some gaps in their knowledge. But this aside, Deadpool 2 is the most fun you can have in a dark room with loads of strangers!

Well maybe not! But that would be a whole different movie. This is that rare thing – a sequel that is better than the original. Hugely entertaining and laugh out loud funny, it’s definitely worth your admission fee, unless you hated the first one. In which case I refer you once again to the beginning of my review.

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