Deadpool a.ka. the merc with a mouth has finally got his own film, the last time we saw this character was in X-Men Origins Wolverine and the version of Deadpool in that film is widely regarded as an utter travesty. Now ever since the test footage leaked all those years ago we have had something to look forward to but does it live up to the hype.
Deadpool is known by a lot of people in the comic book world and if you have ever been to MCM then you will know there is a lot of support for the character but outside that world he is not as well known as say the avengers or the X-Men. So this film gives you his origin story but does it in such a way that keeps it fresh and interesting, I mean right from the off you will know exactly what sort of film this will be.
The opening credits of this film are one of the best I have ever seen in that they wholly embody the spirit of the character and provide you with your first laugh of which there are many in its 108 min runtime.
Unusually for a superhero film it starts in the middle with an action packed sequence that is as fun to watch as it must have been to shoot, I was impressed at how well it was put together and it was cool to finally get a look at Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead.
Colossus is something of a gentle giant who attempts to reason with Deadpool throughout the film, even attempting to bring him back to the X-Men’s mansion. Meanwhile Negasonic Teenage Warhead (which is quite a mouthful to say by the way), plays on the tropes of a typical angsty teenager and has some great dialogue with Deadpool. While they are not the main focus of the film it was cool to see a link to the X-men as well as them using their powers to help Deadpool fight Angel Dust and Ajax.
It is because of Ajax that Deadpool a.k.a Wade Wilson gets his powers in the first place in a process that leaves him horribly disfigured which causes him to have to leave Vanessa, a girl that he has strong feelings for. Vanessa is a perfect match for Wade as they had great chemistry, the only thing that would have made it better would be if they had a bit more screen time together.
Understandably Deadpool is not happy about this and hunts down Ajax in the belief that he will be able to fix him up, however Ajax has a lady named Angel Dust on his side and she is a powerful ally indeed. It was cool to see her face off against Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead while Deadpool was taking on Ajax on board what looked like a very familiar location.
What I love about this film is its non linear nature and while it did throw me a little at first I came to appreciate it for being able to tell what is essentially an origin story in an interesting way. It was great to see the character breaking the four wall on multiple occasions with the addition of lots of in jokes and references that enhances the experience for any fans of superhero films, the X-Men or Wolverine in particular.
Overall I will have to say that I really enjoyed watching Deadpool, it had the right mix of self referential humour, drama and romantic interests. Having two X-Men in this film was great and it was nice to see ones that are not as common, hopefully we will see more X-Men tie into the next Deadpool film.
Everything from the opening credits to the post credit sequence was an absolute joy to watch and I would highly recommend checking out this film, if it does well then maybe they will see that taking a risk really can pay off. Just remember to stay and watch the credits.
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