Maximum effort for anti-hero Deadpool

SEEING RED: Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead) and Ryan Reynolds in a scene from the movie Deadpool.
SEEING RED: Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead) and Ryan Reynolds in a scene from the movie Deadpool. Joe Lederer

YOU know a movie is exceptionally good when you visit the cinema twice in one day.

It's certainly a first for me, but a moment I have no regrets over.

Enter Deadpool: the anti-superhero movie we've all been waiting for.

A man who can beat the living snot out of cancer, bullet wounds and body dismembering with accelerated healing powers, wield a smorgasbord of wicked weaponry and still have time to engage his audience with his unique and at most times inappropriate commentary on his life.

Deadpool is not your average superhero movie and I say this with brutal honesty - this is the one comic movie you leave the kids home for.

Forget your do-gooder, saving the day, iconic face of justice.

This movie is littered with explicit language, sprinkled with blood-thirsty and brutally glorified violence, and glittered with full frontal nudity - and it's awesome. Despite of all this, the film has been cast as a 'love story'.

Former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson falls head over heels for a young woman, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin).

After discovering he has cancer, Wade seeks extreme measures. Subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves his entire body scarred (in what can only be best described by Weasel (T. J. Miller), Wade (who adopts the alter ego Deadpool) seeks the man responsible, Ajax (Ed Skrein).

Deadpool's dark sense of humour, constant wall-breaking narration and brutal killing spree is like watching poetry in motion; if poetry was like one big, long, wet fart.

The film is directed brilliantly, there is not a moment when you aren't smiling, giggling, or all-out exploding into a scream of laughter with your arms tightly held around your abdomen to stop you from public urination.

Reynolds is perfectly cast for this role, and, refreshingly takes Deadpool in a direction that I would say most, if not all fans, would enjoy and accept - especially after that other mess of a film that almost had this anti-hero's career plummet to the ground.

There's no need to say the name, but it did involve an X-man whose name rhymes with Foolverine.

Add to that, the introduction of Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) is perfectly executed.

One criticism I will give is the two-dimensional feel I got from Deadpool's nemesis Ajax, however this is not an overly concerning factor when you have such a heavy-loaded and complex lead like Wade Wilson.

Deadpool lives up to and with 'Maximum Effort' exceeded this reviewer's expectations.


Rated: MA15+

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Brianna Hildebrand, T. J. Miller

Verdict: 5 out of 5 chimichangas

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