<Review by: Daylynn DeSouza>
Directed by Tim Miller. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, Gina Carano, TJ Miller, Karan Soni, Stefa Kapicic, Brianna Hilderbrand
Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
There’s no shortage of comic book movies coming out this year, but there might as well have been because Deadpool definitely kicks the shit out of anything we’ve seen on screen so far or will see on screen until its sequel. ‘Why is that?’ I hear you ask. Now that I’ve managed to sneak in the obligatory 4th Wall Break in this review, let’s find out.
This movie has been 11 years in the making, and a good 8 or 9 years of that has been fighting to get it made properly, especially since X-Men Origins: Wolverine shot down it’s chances of being made properly as well as killing off a solo Magneto movie. But thanks to a some leaked test footage a few years ago, the good people at 20th Century Fox realised that this type of ‘A Rated’ comic book movie was actually in demand. And that brings us to a comic book movie that has had the best promotional campaign of all time.
Unlike Captain America: Civil War And Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Deadpool doesn’t ruin most of the story by giving us trailer after trailer of plot points and reveals. Instead we get D-Pooly himself talking to us, breaking that pesky 4th wall every chance he gets, and also telling us that his movie is a romantic comedy. It’s definately one of the best action comidies of all time starring the best Anti-Hero of all time, the Merc with a Mouth: Deadpool.
The story is your average boy meets girl, boy gets cancer, gets offered an experimental cure, cure makes him indestructible but ugly, boy seeks revenge on the people that turned him into a monster, they kidnap girl, boy makes them dead type of thing. I know we’ve all seen this before but the comedy and action are unparalleled, the opening credits themselves will have you in stitches. And there are easily four to five times more easter eggs and jokes than any other movie till date.
Also, thankfully since this is a movie made by adults for adults it actually has a soundtrack with songs we’ve actually heard off. Much like Guardians of the Galaxy, but better because there’s no kids in the theatre asking you who sang the damn thing. The movie also manages to poke fun at a slew of things including Ryan Reynolds himself and his stint as The Green Lantern, The other X-Men movies, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and it’s Butchering of the Deadpool character, David Beckham, Wolverine, Hugh Jackman and the budget of the movie itself. The action scenes would put any Chuck Norris joke to shame (like one shot, three kills).
There are plenty of reasons to watch this movie including multiple 4th Wall breaks, supporting characters like Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), Weasel (T.J. Miller), two X-Men: Colossus (voice of Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and a great set of antagonists with Ajax (Ed Skrein) and Angel Dust (Gina Carano) but the best reason of all would be that it’s uncensored and in 2D because it actually had a good plot and didn’t need a cheap gimmick like 3D, which is the intellectual equivalent of walking into a dark room, rubbing your eyes really hard and then opening them so you see spots. I gurantee that nobody will leave the theatre disappointed after watching this movie. And, if you do… then you’re dead inside, nobody can help you, and you will die alone.
Oh and all the acting and stuff is fucking great. The only downside to the movie is Deadpool doesn’t acknowledge who Stan Lee is when Stan makes his obligatory cameo.
PS: Having just watched the 9:55 AM show of Deadpool at Inox CR2 in Nariman Point, Mumbai; it pains me to say that there is indeed some Censorship. However this may vary on a theatre to theatre basis. Either way, here are all the words censored from the movie: “Balls, Mother Fucker, Blow Job, Balls in Holes, Ball gags, Sodomy, Dick, Dicks, Dickhead, and, Pussy.”
The words not censored are, “Fuck, Cock, Cock Gobbler, Shit, Sex, Mouth Sex and, Fucking”
Also some violent scenes have been cropped out of frame as has one naked Male Bottom and two Naked Female Tops. Because in India, (Also known as the democracy of hypocrisy) even though we have a population of over 1 billion and we invented the Kamasutra… We don’t like to see or talk about Sex.
There is a fair bit of dismemberment and decapitation to enjoy though.