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Review: Deadpool

Roslyn Hull

This is the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. IMDb

 So from that synopsis the average moviegoer would be expecting an average Marvel Universe movie. And they would be dead wrong (pun alert).

As the online meme goes:


However, if you are a consenting adult:

DEADPOOL is funny.

DEADPOOL is funny.

It is violent and sexist and downright irreverent but it is also incredibly well made, witty, clever and (believe it or not) endearing. And in some ways it is the little Marvel movie that could (don’t ask ‘could what?’ My mind is still tied up with the character and any answer I give would not be socially acceptable).

It cost about half what Ant Man cost and a fraction of what some of the other Marvel Universe movies have cost. A complete rookie called Tim Miller, who is only known as an animator and visual affects artist, directed it.

It is famously the first Marvel movie since Punisher: War Zone (which nobody saw anyway) to have a restricted rating, which it truly deserves. And most of all it is not about a superhero, not even Deadpool is entirely sure what he is but he is certainly not a noble hero type.

Make no mistake, this is not a movie for your parents or your nice Aunt Helen but, it is a movie for people who like characters that are not cardboard cut-outs, despite the archetypical descriptions listed in the most original and hilarious credits sequence I have ever seen (Don’t. Do. Not. Arrive late to a screening).

Or if you like original stunts and cinema where the fourth wall is more of a pirate guideline than a rule … wow, are you in for some fun! Wait for the X-Men comment when Deadpool goes to Xavier’s school – I shrieked with laughter (sorry to all those sitting near me).

The two principal writers, known for Zombieland – a great, smart-mouthed movie – have stayed true to the comics and fans love them for it. After Deadpool’s awful debut in Wolverine, it seemed he would never surface again. However Ryan Reynolds was determined that the real Deadpool would rise to be his smutty-mouthed self. So determined that he is actually one of the producers.

There is so much fun had referencing Hugh Jackman, Wolverine, Green Lantern and even Blade that the movie could have rested there. But the director and his team do not take the easy road by relying on the sass. What we the audience gets is a meaty revenge story, a love story and an origin story all rolled into one.

With a killer post credits sequence.


Ros Hull

Roslyn is a writer and storyteller who loves all things Canberra, her family, sci fi and movies – but not in that order. She has worked in museum education since 2001 and has a passion for imparting knowledge to others. Writing is her happy place, particularly if there is a dog at her feet and a coffee in her hand. More about the Author