Deadpool (DVD) – Movie Review
Follow Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Director: Tim Miller
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Duration: 108 minutes

Deadpool (DVD) – Movie Review

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Good: Witty, Amusing, Parody
Bad: Some superhero fans might be a bit disappointed
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Superhero movies have been booming the last few years, and in most cases it are Marvel’s characters that get the most screen time. That being said, not all of the rights of the characters belong to Disney, thus not all the storylines prove to be picture perfect, especially seeing the X-Men are absent in the Disney generated Marvel flicks. Another presence that was sorely neglected was Deadpool and even though he starred in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, they finally decided to give him a proper chance to shine (also the rendition of Deadpool in Wolverine is something many people are still trying to forget). A superhero, that’s not really a hero and he doesn’t even take himself seriously: Yup, that’s Deadpool.

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The story of Deadpool is actually a rather difficult one to describe without telling the entire plot of the movie. All-in-all we’ll be following Wade Wilson’s (Ryan Reynolds) journey from mercenary to ‘superhero’ who tends to use his powers for whatever he sees fit. The story starts off with him searching for the man that turned him into Deadpool, as without his costume, Wade now looks like a horrible monster. He wishes to go back to his normal everyday life of doing work as a hired gun, and making lots of sweet love to his chatty girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). Nonetheless, after being diagnosed with cancer and only having a short time to live, he is approached by someone who offers him a cure and possible superpowers in the process. Seeing this is his last chance, he eventually takes mysterious man up on his offer.

After being admitted to the secret facility that is able to create supposed superheroes, it becomes rather clear that this isn’t a government funded unit. His main ‘caretaker’ Ajax (Ed Skrein) has also been altered to a state where he doesn’t feel pain or doesn’t show that many emotions. He does however dislike Wade and loves to submit him to horrible torture, to make the ‘gen’ activate and thus grant him his superpowers. Sadly, it also seems that they are turning people into mindless drones and sell them to the highest bidder.

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Overall the flow of this movie is another thing that’s hard to describe. Most of the time you’ll notice a rather fast pace, but with the flashbacks mingled in-between, the pace tends to get scrambled from time to time. Not only does the movie do its best to present you with enough action, eventually it feels as if almost nothing happened during the 108 minutes this movie spans. Nonetheless, you’ll never find a boring moment.

This movie tries very hard to be funny and also shows that it doesn’t take itself seriously. You are constantly bombarded with slapstick humor and action packed scenes. That being said, sometimes the creators should have slowed down just a bit, especially seeing some scenes tend to suffer from the many attempts to be funny. While this isn’t a bad thing per se, it might be a disappointing factor for those who would have loved a bit more actual story value, instead of ludicrous behavior. The comments he makes towards the audience are a nice touch however.

It’s fun to see that Deadpool tries to incorporate other characters from the Marvel universe, such as Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonice Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), who are part of the X-Men. He even jokes about them being the only X-Men he ever sees, referring to the lack of other actors. Perhaps it was due to the fact that this movie is a lot more violent than the other X-Men movies.

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The extras on the DVD release are plentiful, but at the same time a bit disappointing. You’ll be treated to a lengthy gag reel, which is, for a movie like this a welcome addition. Other than the sneak peek of X-Men: Apocalypse, you’ll be treated to a bundle of promotional clips of Deadpool and the different humoristic trailers that aired all over the world. Perhaps it would have been nice to learn more about how certain scenes were done, or how the make-up or other practical effects were handled. Of course, the movie stands great on its own, but it’s a missed opportunity nonetheless.

Conclusion

Deadpool never takes itself seriously, which is something you’ll either love or hate. That being said, the brutal scenes and fighting sequences will make many action and superhero enthusiasts excited. While this movie may diverge from the wave of superhero flicks that are currently flooding the theatres, it’s fun to have an ‘adult’ version of said films. If you like constant banter, a bit of blood and gore, sex jokes and a whole lot of fighting, this movie will certainly tingle your senses.

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