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Deadpool
By Hervé St-Louis

Mar 30, 2016 - 0:57

Studios: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Kinberg Genre, Donners' Company, TSG Entertainment
Writer(s): Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Fabian Nicieza, Rob Liefeld
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand, T.J. Miller
Directed by: Tim Miller
Produced by: John J. Kelly, Simon Kinberg
Running Time: 108 minutes
Release Date: 12 February 2016
Rating: R (Restricted)
Distributors: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation


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Wade Wilson is a hired enforcer and former mercenary who meets the badass chick of his life and decides to marry her. But after being diagnosed with cancer, he decides to try an experimental treatment that will get his dormant mutant genes to jumpstart his system and reveal hidden powers. However, the treatment disfigures Wilson prompting him to seek revenge on Ajax, the man who changed him.

I know this film has had rave reviews but I find it poor. True to itself, Deadpool is an anti-hero mocking the whole super hero genre. That was the second level humour and innovative edge of the film crew behind this film. The problem with Deadpool is that by intending to mock super heroes, it mocked itself and revealed itself as emptier than the genre it spoofs.

Using Colossus as a man who believes in the good in Deadpool regardless of the mayhem and destruction he causes ignores the primary mission of an X-Men. X-Men protect innocents and stop bad guys. By all accounts, Deadpool is an irredeemable villain. The movie fails to explain what is it about Deadpool that gives Colossus hope that he might want to join the X-Men. Next, enticing X-Men trainee Negasonic Teenage Warhead to help him and kill some of Ajax’s henchmen.

The visual effects of this film help it thrive and mask some of the weaker elements, such as Colossus. The humour is the other Band-Aid used to cover a plot with several holes. Some of these holes are how was Ajax planning on controlling Deadpool and some of the other candidates in his laboratory. This film, for purists, ignores everything from Deadpool’s previous appearance in X-Men Origins Wolverine, although Ryan Reynolds reprises his role there.


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