Deadpool – Review *****

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WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS AND NUDITY

It is a rare feat, to have a film as gripping from the initial credits to the final ones (and yes, there is a post-credits scene, as if you didn’t know that). There were some fears amongst the geek community that all the good jokes would be in the trailers (worse, that they would only be in the trailers), that there was no way the film could live up to the smashing marketing campaign, that the R-rating (15 in the UK, though) would scare people away. Nope, punks! This film is the sh*t.

Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds, Sexiest Man Alive), a bad guy who makes a living putting down worse guys for money, seems to have finally found happiness and a perfect match in sarcastic Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). Only his cancer diagnosis comes to f*ck everything up. So when a mysterious man comes offering a chance to cure the cancer and make him a superhero, Wade doesn’t think twice…

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A proper bloodbath sprinkled with so many jokes, Marvel references and good old sexual innuendo, Deadpool leaves you with a smile on your face and all warm and cosy inside. Not since Kick-Ass (the first one, let’s all forget the second ever happened) has a superhero film been so out of the box. Bonus points for coming from the Establishment. Yes, there is a moment where two members of the X-Men school go all X-Men final battle thingy, but it’s okay, because just before that Deadpool defeats a bunch of bad guys while not wearing any underwear.

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And yes, the film is made with the charisma (and heavy bags of money) of Ryan Reynolds, who put all his body and soul in a character that fits him perfectly (for those of you that don’t believe he can have a dark sense of humour, go watch The Voices). Baccarin also holds her own, and reminds us how much we’ve missed her. There’s also a British Villain and a Cameo (duh), all directed by a first-timer in the long format, Tim Miller (someone, we won’t say who, called him an overpaid tool)

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Punny, politically incorrect and always forgetting the ammo (who needs bullets when you can regenerate, eh?), Deadpool isn’t the hero that we need, but he is definitely the hero that we deserve. Because he’s no hero at all. Nope. No chance. So go see it. It is the most romantic film you’ll see this year – and there’s a Ryan on it AND an 80s song. Go on, you know you want it…

Deadpool is in UK theatres from 10th February 2016 and after this Marvel can only go down.

Sara is originally from Coimbra, Portugal, where she studied Film Studies before moving to London to enrol in film school. Having made her first short film about her neighbour's chickens when she was 9 (a dystopian sci-fi, still her favourite genre), she is now a London-based film director and editor, and also a writer for the Portuguese Take Magazine. She is a huge fan of Lars Von Trier, Krysztof Kiéslowski, and David Lean.