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Deadpool (2016) Movie Review

Updated on January 28, 2017
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.


Remember when filmmakers tried to bring Deadpool to the screen for X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Remember how terrible it turned out? Good news! Thanks to the timeline change after Days of Future Past, Deadpool became the Merc with a Mouth that he was always intended to be.

Wade Wilson has finally discovered the girl of his dreams. After a year of uninterrupted "loving", Wade proposes. The same night, he discovers that he has cancer in his liver, lungs, prostate, and brain. He knows he's going to die and he's quit caring. Just when all hope seems to be lost, a stranger finds him and gives him an offer too incredible to believe: they will cure his cancer and give him abilities one could only dream of having. Wade reluctantly agrees and, after many days of torture, becomes disfigured but is cured of cancer and given immortality. He takes on the alter ego Deadpool and sets out to hunt down the man responsible for his disfigurement.

The action sequences are incredible. The choreography of the fights are masterfully stylized. The CGI was never cheesy or silly in any way. Even the eyes of Deadpool's mask were CGI in order to make him expressive but you can't tell it.

The one major thing about Deadpool as a character is that he is always making pop culture jokes plus he can break the "fourth wall", meaning he can talk directly to the audience while other characters just think he's crazy. He is, of course, beyond crazy but that's beside the point. I was concerned about the comedy being unnecessarily silly and that the fourth wall breaks would be awkward. I was thoroughly impressed with director Tim Miller's approach to the material as well as the writers' ability to keep the film funny and interesting.

I do, however, recommend that parents take precaution before letting their kids see this. It's sad that I even have to warn parents about an R RATED FILM, but there were young kids in the theater when I went to see it. It is mildly gory but has adult language and graphic nudity.

In conclusion, Deadpool is a wild, hilarious, and action-packed film that will please fans of the comics and perhaps create new fans. As far as I know, Deadpool 2 is confirmed for next year with Ryan Reynolds set to return. Will it live up to this one? If the same writers and director return, then yes, it will be as good if not better.

© 2016 Alec Zander


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