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Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2018
I debated about watching this movie for a long time. I've never been big on superhero/comic book/action movies...but, some years ago, I did get into the Xmen movies. Hey, Hugh Jackman, enough said. I finally broke down last night to watch this one. I figured why not, because at least I was a bit familiar with Wade Wilson from the Xmen Origins: Wolverine. Man, am I kicking myself for not watching it sooner....it was fantastic! This may not be everyone's cup of tea, especially if you don't like swearing, sex talk/jokes, etc. Fortunately for me, it is my cup of tea! Now, just like I can't picture anyone but Hugh playing Wolverine, I can't picture anyone else playing Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds was perfect! The way this movie was done, with the writers and actors (especially Ryan), it all came together perfectly! I love the humor in this movie...it was refreshing to laugh so much during an action movie. And watching it a second time today, I finally caught on to the Ferris Bueller-ness during the movie (not just the end). Which, by the way, make sure to watch after the credits. Looking forward to more Deadpool movies now!
Ryan Reynolds. Nothing else needs to be written in this review. However, I will go on. My pretend boo, boyfriend, future husband, future father to our golden retriever puppies, delivers the best performance in this dramatically hysterical movie that totally gives new meaning to the term “badass.” DEADPOOL is insane. Completely insane. And he has good reasons to BE insane. His insanity and colorful vocabulary are just two of the many reasons why he is the best superhero in the world. Watch this movie and then go see DEADPOOL 2 as soon as possible. You won’t be disappointed.
Deadpool needs a mix of Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, and Bradley Cooper, with James Gunn writing, and a host of other matters. I'm not bothering with Deadpool 2.
* The jokes felt awkwardly funny and were re-used throughout the movie. * The villain's character wasn't not well-established. * Too many sensual scenes that added only to titillation and not to the plot. * Cliche pose shots used ad nauseam. * Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool/Wade Wilson) overplayed his character. He fit the costume but nothing more. It seemed as if casting wanted Jeffrey Donovan, but got Reynolds instead. * Wilson's relationship with Vanessa (played by Morena Baccarin) is superficial, based on sex. It is difficult to believe Wilson loves her. She's great eye-candy, but her acting skills are underused. * The origin story was rushed through. * Some secondary characters, especially Negasonic Teenage Warhead, are crammed in and poorly acted. Brianna Hildebrand (NTW) brings nothing to the role. It feels like she was reading bad indie teen fiction when developing her personality.
T. J. Miller, who portrays Weasel (Wilson's best friend) does a great job. Weasel is the only genuinely complex character.
I'd skip unless you like hot scenes, the F-bomb and are tired of waiting for the next Avengers movie. This is for the Budweiser commercial fan. Teenage boys will love it.
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2017
This super hero movie is one of the greatest ones. It's not traditional super hero for sure, but that's what makes it so special. I like the fact that it does not try to deal with current political or other events. It tells a story of an above average male who gets himself into a situation, which ends up magnifying his origianal personality. All the pain did not change his positive thinking of whatever situation, fruity nor grim. All actors did really well, but dead pool, Ryan Reynolds did a super job as the Dead Pool Character - fantastic. I don't watch much movies multiple times - but this one I can watch over and over. NOTE: This movie is not for kids, not for people who can't take vulgar language, nor vilolent scenes, blood, gore, decapatation. People of strong personal beliefs against these things will not appreciate the fantastic master piece that it is; those individuals would have to be able to step outside the box, forget about what is right or wrong, realize it's a movie, see it from a difrent dimension, and enjoy.
I thought this movie would be like all of the other hero movies - I was disappointed to find out it wasn't. I may be a minority on my opinion of this movie but too much graphic violence and the language and inferences were over top if they were trying to make it humorous. I stopped watching and decided on another movie that was more entertaining.
In a huge departure from most Marvel films, the character Deadpool is a disgusting and foul. Not for children in any way, shape or form. The sexual messaging is grotesque, the supposed courtship unrealistic, the portrayal of women's needs a fantasy for teenage boys. The language is equally foul. I love comedy and can tolerate a good bit of.. fun within it. But the best comedy is based on universal commonality and reality. That's what makes it funny. Nothing about the alleged comedy in this show is real or common. It's just moronic. Most likely, it will only appeal to the most immature among us. The strongest aspect of the film is the character upon which it is based- Deadpool. The concept of a smart aleck ex- special forces guy who also happens to be a 'mutant' with special powers is pretty awesome. Especially since he is a relentless killer who also has a soft heart and sense of humor. The CGI and stunts are also fantastic. I also loved the idea of 'breaking the fourth wall'- a character talking directly to the audience. As I said, it could have been a great movie. I believe the break from Marvel's wonderful success at producing movies everyone can love is the fact that FOX produced it. FOX also produced the new Star Trek Discovery series and utterly ruined it, deviating horribly from well established origin stories and introducing radical social dogma. They ruined Marvel's Deadpool character as well. P.s. My husband and son loved it (eek!!)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2017
Deadpool is the hilarious 2016 superhero film starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular anti-hero. It is clearly an adult film with several sex scenes and plenty of jokes that will go over the heads of the younger audience it isn't intended for. The plot is somewhat secondary to the excellent characterisation and the unusually realistic romance. The DVD version has no real extras to speak of, just a gag reel which includes some Ryan Reynolds riffing on set and some awesome ad libs by TJ Miller. The other extra is basically a set of trailers which aren't as funny as the film itself.
The film takes a while to get going and in truth it does not start out particularly funny. The jokes warm up through the film as many of them are referential or in-jokes which play on the expectations of a Marvel film. The film starts almost literally with a bang and there are a few action sequences to follow. These are generally among the least interesting parts of Deadpool. He's an intriguing combatant but it is not particularly tight choreography. What works best during the action sequences is Deadpool mouthing off to his opponents.
Deadpool casually insults those around him and mocks people amusingly. He is not correct in any way and that makes it a not-too-guilty pleasure. Somehow Reynolds imbues Deadpool with such charm that he's never really offensive, just funny. The scenes with barman friend Weasel played by TJ Miller are among the best. The two banter like real people. Weasel even bets his good friend will get killed. The banter feels realistic and is sharp-witted. Weasel's reaction to Deadpool's physical transformation is the kind of honesty only a good friend would offer but it is still hilarious.
Perhaps the best of Deadpool's relationships though is with his love interest Vanessa. Played by the beautiful Morena Baccarin she has a proper adult relationship with the hero. Unlike too many Hollywood romances there is a vibrancy to the relationship and it is fairly explicitly adult. The pair share a number of sex scenes in different locations. A montage sequence featuring the pair really speaks to a physicality in their relationship that Hollywood usually glosses over. The realism of the pairing comes from Vanessa's introduction "your crazy matches my crazy". It makes sense that the two are together. Of course it helps that both Baccarin and Reynolds are attractive people but there's a realism beyond the good looking superficial appearance.
As this is the Deadpool show, the main villain does not have so much to work with. Ed Skrein plays the role of Ajax pretty much straight. There isn't any of the cheeky charm Skrein is capable of, presumably because the humour is designed to be through Deadpool's wit rather than his viillain. A bit of a missed opportunity really as it could have been fun to see Reynolds and Skrein trading barbs. Skrein's accent of course makes him a natural bad guy but he does seem to be having a bit of fun with the malice of his character's torment as Deadpool becomes his super self.
A couple of minor Marvel characters make an appearance but they basically seem to exist for Deadpool to make jokes. The line about turning up at the Professor X's school and only ever seeing the two of them is a funny way of pointing out the difference in concept between Deadpool and other X-Men productions. The visualisation of Colossus is much more akin to the original comic concept and the voice is reminiscent of appearances in the animated series. The disapproval Colossus has for Deadpool's lifestyle is an easy target for banter. The appearance of the ridiculously-named Negasonic Teenage Warhead is probably just there for the name but the sullen teenager routine opens itself up to excellent lines from Deadpool.
The costume design and colouring is good enough for this kind of film but clearly not the same as a bigger budget adventure. Reynolds looks a bit silly in the Deadpool suit but that's part of the charm. The others are not particularly interesting to look at except Vanessa who is beautifully attired.
The film's music is a bit of an odd choice. The DVD theme song is X Gon' Give It to Ya which is neither new enough to be cool nor old enough to be retro. A perfectly fine song but it doesn't seem to suit Deadpool at all. Musically this is not a particularly memorable film.
Visually Deadpool is fine, making use of frequent freeze-frame techniques during action to showcase Deadpool's abilities while bullets are flying around. It slows the action down quite often which means it loses some intensity but it is fun to see Deadpool's antics and that's what the film is ultimately about.
Deadpool at its heart is a funny and light-hearted take on a classic comic book character. It breaks the fourth wall knowingly, it uses in-jokes and banter between its characters to fire off barbs and make each scene worth smiling at or laughing with. There are not too many films like this one.
Saw it after everyone was giving this high praise. Was disappointed and left bemused. The film was pretty average and seemed to be aimed at 15 year old boys who love cheeky jokes about sex and love blood and violence. Deadpool borders on the annoying and the story is pretty basic - guy seeks revenge must kill bad guy etc On the plus side Colossus is cool and deadpool looks amazing on screen, nice costume and acrobatics. However found the violence OTT
This was on my wish list for ages so decided i need to get his just to pass a boring sunday evening and got to say its a laugh and it is so fresh to see a superhero having a little fun along the way the film does not take itself too seriously as other superhero movies have in the past. Without giveing too much away our hero is in a relationship with a gorgeous woman and he wants to marry her only to find he has cancer that is going to end him He finds a doctor who says he can cure him and that is the start as the doctor is actually trying to build an army of super advanced humans genetically able to be more or less immortal. At the end of the movie keep watching for the outtakes which show how the film was put together and I am so surprised most of it is all CGI especially the fight scenes on the motorway at the start of the film all green screen . Get out the popcorn and settle in for some no brainpower fun
5.0 out of 5 starsThe most iconic superhero (sorry, mercenary) film ever!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 13, 2016
I just got this today having missed the opportunity to see it on the big screen and oh boy was I excited!
It was like Christmas come early!
***DISCLAIMER*** Be responsible, don't show this to your kids if they're under 16! Also don't watch if you don't like juvenile hilarity, gross out moments or awesome fight scenes.
I absolutely loved this film from the very first second. It's the kind of film I'd happily watch over and over again without ever getting bored.
Ryan Reynolds is absolutely phenomenal as Deadpool (who else could they have cast really?). His one liners, personality switches and 4th wall breaks are brilliantly delivered and made for a great time for the viewer (me).
Initially there's a bit of back and forth where Reynolds takes you to the car scene then back to his origin storyline and back again which can be a little confusing. However, that in itself is perfectly in line with Deadpool and his messed up brain function/personality switches.
It's easy to see why this masterpiece blew the likes of the Matrix out of the water in the box office records.
PS. If you are buying from the UK/Europe make sure you buy the REGION 2 version and NOT Region 1 (USA/CANADA). Don't say you weren't advised! ;-)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 25, 2016
Went to see this at the cinema while away. We had never heard of Deadpool but we both enjoy comic books and the spin off movies. We weren't expecting much but it was excellent. The screenplay was strong and witty with too many social references to catch first time round. The script and action don't let up and you are riveted throughout the full film. The actors were all brilliant. The only slight criticism was that the "baddie" could have been developed further but I realize there isn't time to flesh out each character as much as we would like.
5.0 out of 5 starsFunny with stylish special effects
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 11, 2016
One of those films you probably shouldn't be laughing at with such bad taste humour, but I loved it! It made a nice change from all the saving the world stuff I've been reading in comics and seeing in movies for the last 30 odd years. Maybe like some of the other reviewers said the plot wasn't much, maybe it didn't advance the character etc, ( I haven't read the Deadpool comics for years! probably loads have come out I've not read since then!) but there's enough movies like that around. Not every movie can be an epic story, and this was also an origin story, as well as Deadpool being a bit, well... unconventional! There's enough one liners and special effects for me to make it worthwhile to watch again and again
5.0 out of 5 starsbrilliant movie, couldn't care less what the critics said
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 26, 2016
I went to the cinema to see this, I had to get the bluray :) Its a fresh feel to a super/anti hero. Its irreverent, funny and a perfect compliment to those marvel movies i'd seen. the last movie I enjoyed so much was guardians of the galaxy so I was pleased. I'm not really going to review the movie, the bluray itself is as advertised. some good extras included, not a fan of the "ultraviolet" extra but then its standard on most these days, would have preferred a digital copy on the disk instead of having to download it. Oh my wife who is not exactly a fan of these movies loved it too!! she watched it twice with me! 'nuff said
4.0 out of 5 starsUber-cool, a great shot in the arm for the MMU
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 23, 2016
Wasn't sure if I was watching Ryan Reynolds or John Malkovich in this at first. Deadpool is a great shot in the arm for the Marvel movie universe, and it was good to see RR being allowed to revisit the character and make up for the travesty of the Wolverine appearance of Deadpool (I love how they even have a dig at that movie in this!)
Lots of in-jokes for comic nerds, lots of classy violence and quips, and plenty of lovely lovely Morena Baccarin to drool over. Couldn't be better. Only thing that would've made this movie better would've been a proper cameo from Wolverine himself :)
My favourite film of 2016. As a comic book fan, this is just a perfect translation from comic to celluloid. Ryan Reynolds was born to play DP, credit to him for holding out on the character when it was in development hell. Laugh out loud funny and even seeing it a couple of times at the cinema, we didn't catch everything. Rammed full of extras, it's been cool to watch all the detail behind the film and the gag reel was hysterical. This is one of the comic book films that totally hits the mark, action (or violence depending on your perspective), effects, story and Ryan Reynolds giving the performance of his career in my book.
5.0 out of 5 starsloved it, and it was only natural that I ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 19, 2016
i saw this film in the cinema , loved it, and it was only natural that I would get it as a dvd. admittedly, this is not a film for everyone and anyone who loves Ryan Reynolds: the jokes are dirty, the humour is weird and not necessarily up to everyone's street, but this is an action packed piece, with brilliant and full of gems script (though as I mentioned, not everyone may find everything funny), from the opening credits to the end where Deadpool tells you to go home. this film is to entertain and the team behind have done a fab job in my opinion.
5.0 out of 5 starsbut this movie is fantastic. The in-jokes and fourth wall breaks are on ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 18, 2016
Not quite sure if Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool, or Deadpool is Ryan Reynolds, but this movie is fantastic. The in-jokes and fourth wall breaks are on point, Deadpool's nature and personality are spot on, and they include Negasonic Teenage Warhead just because of her name, even if they are lax with her powers. If I had seen this at 15, and my parents found out, I'd currently be living in a monastery.
5.0 out of 5 starsA breath of fresh air in the current saturation of superhero movies
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2018
This movie is genuinely funny but with some absolutely badass action too. I'm so glad that we could finally have this chance to see Ryan Reynolds being given the opportunity to portray this character more accurately to the source material.
Deadpool as Deadpool should be, true to the character, true to the humour, true to the insanity, true to the violence. ryan Reynolds pushed for this film to be made as it should be and I for one am incredibly grateful to him that he did as Deadpool is a character I have read and followed for many years.
If you like Deadpool as he is in the comic books, then this film cannot possibly disappoint as its as close as it can possibly be and Reynolds presents an hilarious and incredible performance.