This is the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. (via IMDB)
Before going into the screen to see Deadpool, the only things I knew about the film was that it was foul mouthed, filled with dirty sex jokes and that the main character, played by Ryan Reynolds, made a cool 'chicka chicka ahhhh' noise right at the end of the credits. And boy I'm glad that was all I knew about it beforehand. The film was fab, don't get me wrong - but I'm glad I went in partially blind as if I'd have read up on Reynolds' previous attempts at action movie characters before popping in, I'd have probably have changed my mind about going. But anyway: I did go, and here's a thought filled log of my experience.
Baring in mind the film came out a whole 10 days ago, (10 WHOLE DAYS) I was incredibly surprised to see an almost full cinema screen, but I think that shows the originality of Deadpool and how it's accessible to everyone, that is if you're over the age of 15 in the UK and able to prove to the cinema staff that you're no longer a child. Being in an almost full cinema screen has its perks, as every joke became funnier just due to the fact that everybody else was laughing and as they say, laughing is infectious, but the movie really was funny enough to justify laughter every five minutes - especially if you find an onslaught of penis jokes funny, which I do.
Constantly breaking the fourth wall worked well in the films' favour, with the quips about the limited budget and therefore the limited amount of characters creating some of the biggest laughs, as was the constant putting down of other, not so successful Marvel films - my favourite being the joke about how Wade would accept any superhero costume, as long as it wasn't green nor animated, a not so subtle nod to the failure that was Green Lantern.
Bad guy Ajax/Francis reminded me of a Danny Dyer type character who wouldn't be out of place on Eastenders, which made it even funnier that he was fighting with Deadpool, who was essentially immortal, but I don't think anybody else would have instantly thought of an UK soap opera when a bad guy appears in a comic book film... yeah I'm weird. But in the sense of being the stereotypical bad guy, Ed Skrein played the part well.
Plot wise, I liked the way it flitted about back and forth from the past to the present, before cultivating in the typical, formulaic fight between the bad guy and the good guys, with a couple of hiccups along the way. This is the only bit of the film I thought was a tad boring, but then I was the girl who fell asleep in Avatar because I couldn't bear to watch yet another fighting scene... but it was brought back up to standard with the last few minutes which featured a reference to Wham! that wrapped the film up nicely.
Maybe some of the jokes did fall flat, but the majority rose laughter from the pit of my belly and for that I'm glad I came to see the film. I'd give Deadpool a strong 7/10 and I definitely will go and see the sequel when it comes out.