Release date: February 12, 2016
Directed by: Tim Miller
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapicic, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni

While piercing swords through the bad guys, proposing marriage to his girlfriend, and dodging the bullets from all corners, Deadpool/Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) manages to break the fourth wall and talks to the viewer directly. I plan on doing the same with this review which will be read by a consistently vast audience of fifteen people, and my dad who’ll like my post on Facebook when I’ll share this review there.

There are a lot of words that the erratic censor authorities mute out. But maybe, they don’t know what tea-bagging and face-sitting are and they let a few fucks slip in, perhaps just for “emphasis”. They mute ‘blowjob’, ‘tits’, ‘dick’, and probably a few motherfucks as well. Also, as a confession, I haven’t been clued in on the developments in the mutant universe of X-Men and I didn’t know much about Deadpool, the comic-book character. But, I did know about Wolverine and there are a lot of references to him and they’re all snooty and hilarious.

Deadpool, is sat in a taxi’s passenger seat as Dopinder (Karan Soni) drives him to a bridge where he needs to get so he can wait for his target to pass by. He gets there early so he can chill for a bit and begin to immerse you into his world. Bang, starts the action and ‘Pool is cornered. Right in the middle of the scuffle, he narrates to you how it all began. He bumps into Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) at his local bar and no matter how censored their relationship is, it booms magnificently. Wade is still a perfectly humane human being and yet there’s something off about him. Vanessa has something off about her as well, and they blend together so good.

Wade’s transformation into Deadpool is shown in parallel with his ongoing struggle to get even with Ajax (Ed Skrein) who has a strange obsession with hearing Wade say his name, he’d even put Rihanna to shame with the number of times he says “Say my name”. Or was it “What’s my name”? The studio doesn’t drop all of the extensive mutant family on us and only shows Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) which the makers turn into a great positive for the film. They are Deadpool’s little protective family who are there to help him out or force him to inflict self-harm. That’s what real families do.

‘Pool’s cocky spunk and sense of humor is rambunctious, which is enjoyable, but has the potential to be overbearing and yet therefore, they pack it all concisely, while giving you an empathetic backstory for Wade Wilson. When he turns into the superhero that he does, he’s lonely and perhaps even broke. The superhero turns routinely real and ends up in the best fifteen minutes of the film, showing you how ordinary a genetically modified mutant’s life can get. He berates his flatmate, leaves her a gift buried in the ground, and rests his head on her while they talk about how love is not exactly blind. Hashtag just lovelorn people things.

Not for a moment, does any of it get dull or boring or remains critically serious in its treatment of the inherently frivolous natured comic book story. The Dark Knight displayed how realistically dramatic a masked-crusader’s escapades can get, and Deadpool treats the whole genre in the polar opposite fashion and ends in, again, the most apt way a film of this kind should end in. Hint: It starts with a ‘b’ and ends in a ‘g’, or starts with an ‘f’ and ends in a ‘g’, or ‘s’ and ends in ‘e’.

Remember, that I did not let out any spoilers here, because there is nothing much that can spoil your experience of watching this film. Deadpool is refreshingly brash, suprisingly relatable and outrageously entertaining; a life infusing shot in the arm of the long vegetative brand of superhero films that we get to see in dozens every year.

(Why don’t I get to see more of the ever-so-glorious Morena Baccarin in the Holly-land of cinema?)

My rating: **** (4 out of 5)

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