Originally seen on the big screen in the feature film X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009 the wisecracking mercenary Wade Winston Wilson now has his own movie, it again stars Ryan Reynolds reprising his role as the fictional hero Deadpool from the Marvel Comics.
This is one rare comic book hero that does not take himself seriously and I would suggest that director Tim Miller has targeted the movie at a more adult audience and not just fan boys/girls of a certain age. The humour and sexual action between Wade Wilson and his girlfriend Vanessa (played by Morena Baccarin who is no where near as annoying in this movie as she was as Jessica Brody in Homeland) is quite explicit. Saying that the humour raises this film above many others in this genre is a understatement, not only does Deadpool talk to himself he also talks directly to his audience which succeeds in some strange way in making you closer to the action!
The movie, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, gives us the background to how a former Special Forces operative who hires himself as a mercenary in modern New York City, hangs about in his best friend’s Weasels (T J Miller) bar and has a series of one night stands became a ‘superhero’ in the first place - although he admits to being super he’s fond of telling us he's no hero. One of Wilsons one night stands, Vanessa, blossoms into a full-blown romance and he proposes marriage to her. Shortly after she accepts Wilson finds out he has terminal cancer and has a limited time to live. So when he meets an agent from a covert organisation who tells him that he can not only cure his cancer but can also turn him into a regenerative mutant Wade Wilson jumps at the chance – well wouldn’t you? What he does not tell him is that he will be taken to a remote laboratory where he will meet Ajax (London born Ed Skrien best known for his role as Ed in Ill Manors 2012) and Angel Dust (mixed martial arts specialist Gina Carono who you may have seen in 2011's Haywire) both artificially-muted members of the Weapon X program who have regenerative power’s and enhanced strength! Although Wilson does eventually becomes Deadpool it's not without great personnel cost.
This has got to be the most entertaining Marvel Universe movie since 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy Some very violent action scenes accompanied by some great one-liners that to some extent dilutes the blood and carnage on the screen. Ryan Reynolds really gets to grips with a role that's already spawned a sequel, Deadpool 2 due to start filming in early 2017 and I would doubt if that's the last time we will see Mr Reynolds version of this red spandex anti superhero. Highly recommended.
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