Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Review: Deadpool (first-pass / spoiler-free)

World of Blackout Film Review

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Deadpool (Spoiler-free)
Cert: 15 / 108 mins / Dir. Tim Miller / Trailer
WoB Rating: 7/7

The wait is over and like it or loathe it, Ryan Reynolds' previous outing as Wade Wilson has been well and truly scrubbed from the cinematic bathtub. With much anticipation and much promotional buzz, Deadpool lands in our cinemas with a crunch, a squelch and a scathing throwaway comment punctuated with profanities.

Yep, the red-band trailer wasn't exaggerating and the X-Men's longtime comic antagonist struts through his own movie with a potty mouth and more bloodstains than you can throw a bottle of Vanish at. The film is never exploitative, but it mixes the throwaway sass of Guardians of the Galaxy and the caustic edge of Kingsman with sociopathic glee, and it earns that 15 Certificate in no uncertain terms.

And of course Deadpool wouldn't be Deadpool without a little fourth-wall-breaking, which is undertaken regularly - if sparingly - and completely in the film's stride. There are also plethora of barbs thrown towards super-heroes generally, the X-Men franchise, the larger Marvel universe over the fence and even a couple at DC for good measure (although the Fantastic Four appear to escape a ribbing ~ maybe those wounds are still a little raw for Fox?).

But the film isn't entirely snark, it's also a ridiculous amount of fun. Visceral and adrenaline-fuelled, but fun. There are segments which are humorous and ones which are action-packed. The two tend to have a little trouble meeting in the middle ground, but whichever is being presented to the audience, the screenplay makes sure that no-one will be bored at any rate. Reynolds is fantastic with and without the mask (and with and without the scar-makeup), and is aided by a great supporting cast. Even Ed 'Transporter Re-tooled' Skrein is bearable, so the film must be doing something right.

The business-end:

• Is there a Wilhelm Scream? See below.
• Is there a Stan Lee cameo? Yes.
• Is there a mid-credits scene? No.
• Is there a post-credits scene? Yes.

More punch than most action flicks, funnier than any comedy in recent memory and with the most down-to-earth super-powers you've seen since Cap' beat the crap out of a deck-full of mercenaries using his shield, Deadpool is utterly magnificent.

X-Men: Apocalypse really has its work cut out now, since the brazen attitude of this film makes the serious-nature of its stablemate look even more camp...

So, watch this if you enjoyed?
Kick-Ass, Kingsman, X-Men.

Should you watch this in a cinema, though?
For maximum effect, yes.

Does the film achieve what it sets out to do?
More than.

Is this the best work of the cast or director?
It's arguably the best X-Men film to date…

Will I think less of you if we disagree about how good/bad this film is?
*looks over spectacles*

Yes, but is there a Wilhelm Scream in it?
Not that I heard, but I spent a significant amount of time either guffawing, gasping or wincing.
Have you heard one in there? Lemme know in the box below ;)

Yes, but what's the Star Wars connection?
Level 2: Deadpool is portrayed by Ryan Reynolds, of course, who 'played for the other team' in 2011's Green Lantern alongside Temuera 'Jango Fett' Morrison.

And if I HAD to put a number on it…

• ^^^ That's dry, British humour, and most likely sarcasm or facetiousness.
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