Deadpool (1 & 2)

D: Tim Miller
20th Century Fox/TSG/Marvel (Lauren Shuler-Donner, Ryan Reynolds & Simon Kinberg)
USA 🇺🇸 2016
108 mins

Action/Science Fiction

W: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick [based on the character created by Fabian Nicieza & Rob Liefeld]
DP: Ken Seng
Ed: Julian Clarke
Mus: Tom Holkenberg

Ryan Reynolds (Wade Wilson / Deadpool), Morena Baccarin (Vanessa), Ed Skrein (Ajax), Gina Careno (Angel Dust), T.J. Miller (Weasel), Leslie Uggams (Blind Al), Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead), Stefan Kapecic (voice of Colossus)

Deadpool is almost certainly a strict comic book movie for the fans, featuring a morally-dubious, foul-mouthed wisecracking character who might not be endeared to be Auntie Flo. Let's be honest, as a comic book entity, Deadpool is the arsehole of the superhero world.
Prior to release, much was made of the film having an R-rated certificate in the United States due to it being far less family-friendly than the other films in the Marvel universe, though it's probably important to have seen many of the other films (particularly X-Men) due to the in-jokiness of the one-liners.
Deadpool previously made a cameo appearance in the 2009 movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but liberties were taken with the character and fans were left very unhappy. He's much truer to his origins here as a mercenary for hire who seeks revenge on the scientist who subjected him to the rogue experiment which gave him the accelerated healing powers, but also left him grotesquely deformed.
A pet project for Ryan Reynolds, it has to be said that he's perfect for the role & this is the finest work of his career.
The action scenes are bloodily violent, the wisecracks are hilariously x-rated and the scenes of romance almost border on BDSM, so it's certainly a comic book movie for a more mature audience rather than the younger generation who have only recently been introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Bound to be amongst the most fun movies of 2016, but it certainly won't be appreciated by overprotective mothers.



D: David Leitch

20th Century Fox/Marvel (Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler-Donner & Ryan Reynolds)

USA 🇺🇸 2018

119 mins

Action/Science Fiction

W: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick & Ryan Reynolds [based on characters created by Fabian Nicieza & Rob Liefeld]

DP: Jonathan Sela

Ed: Dirk Westervelt, Craig Albert & Elízabet Rolandsdóttir

Mus: Tyler Bates

Ryan Reynolds (Wade Wilson / Deadpool), Josh Brolin (Cable), Morena Baccarin (Vanessa), Julian Dennison (Russell Collins / Firefist), Zazie Beetz (Domino)

The first Deadpool was a fresh breath of air to the world of superhero movies, subverting the usual traditions of the genre and brilliantly bringing the wisecracking vigilante to the big screen.

Unfortunately, the sequel isn't anywhere near as good, trying in vain to capture the magic again by throwing more money at it, but the bigger cash injection does not equal funnier jokes.

The plot also has more sentimentality thrust into it on this occasion, when Deadpool and a teenage boy with superpowers are both incarcerated in a prison which neutralises them and our impudent anti-hero subsequently saves the boy from a time-travelling assassin named Cable. A deed which ultimately backfires when the teenager turns rogue and develops villainous intentions.

There's also a subplot of Deadpool receiving an epiphany where he must ultimately decide whether or not his heart is in the right place.

Though there is much to enjoy, especially with the fine action scenes and performances, the acerbic comedy and the twee sentimentality don't really mix and some of the in-jokes only seem to be thrown in for the benefit of the cast & crew only.

The director of the original film, Tim Miller, left the project citing creative differences, and perhaps this was this sequel's biggest loss.


Deadpool 2
Deadpool 2