Saturday, February 13, 2016

Deadpool (2016)

Director: Tim Miller
Writers:  Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Cast:         Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, TJ Miller, Morean Baccarin

A former special forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers but a butt- ugly face. He adopts the alert ego, Deadpool, while trying to locate the doctor/villain who might be able to cure his face so that he may get back to his girlfriend.

I really don't have much interest in these comic book films and the ones I've liked have been the likes of Kick-Ass and Scott Pilgrim Vs the World which kind of laughs at the genre. Deadpool is in similar vein but amped to a different level with a very witty protagonist, who likes to break the fourth wall, and R rated level of violence, nudity and dirty talk. I am assuming some of those because we, in India, are getting a version that was cut by about four minutes by the CBFC (Certification Board by fucking cunts). You have to rely on lip reading to decipher many of the dialogs as well. I wouldn't have normally watched such a cut but wanted to check out this screen which is supposed to be Kerala's best. Deadpool being some sort of a spoof on a genre that I dislike also was enough of an attraction.

Anyway, despite the cuts and all, it was worth it. It had more than enough laughs in it to sustain till the end even though you can almost predict what he is going to do next by the end. I was way ahead of the curve when it came to what happened to the bad guy as well as the usual post-credits marvel scene. The references to 127 Hours and David Beckham was very funny. It also poked fun at the studio with the statement that you are seeing only two from the X-Men because they couldn't afford any of the other actors. The in-jokes involving X-Men were accessible even for an outsider like me.

I generally prefer origins stories because they tend to be the only interesting bit in these kind of franchises. Deadpool fits that bill and the way the story is presented also keeps you interested throughout the film. I didn't think much of the action set pieces but deadpool's running commentary keeps you interested. A CGI explosion sequence in particular looked laughably bad. Still, it is great fun watch.

Rating: 4/5