A review of the 2016 film "Deadpool"

There has been no shortage of comic book movies this year, but this must rank as one of the strangest.  Based on the Marvel comic book created by writer Fabian Nicieza and writer/artist Rob Liefeld, the film stars Ryan Reynolds as anti-hero Wade Wilson, a mercenary who describes himself as a "bad guy who is paid to beat up worse guys".  However, Wade's life falls apart when he is diagnosed with terminal cancer.  As a last resort, he submits himself to an experimental procedure, run by the villainous Francis (Ed Skrein).  The procedure is basically an extended program of torture designed to trigger a mutation.  Wade does find himself cured with an advanced "healing factor" which allows him to heal from almost any injury, unfortunately he is also left hideously disfigured and almost insane.  Wade dons a black and red suit and styles himself as "Deadpool".  Then he goes out to find Francis searching for a cure and revenge, not necessarily in that order.

This is technically part of the X-Men universe, and features X-Men Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicik), a Russian giant with a body of living metal, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead |(Brianna Hildebrand), a moody teenager who can generate atomic blasts with her body.  However, in style it is a world away from the essentially straight-laced, serious X-Men movies.  For one thing it is much more violent, filled with more or less wall to wall stylised carnage.  Also it is very funny.  One of the conceits in the comic series is Deadpool's awareness that he is a character in a comic book.  This is transferred to the film which not so much breaks the fourth wall as smashes it to pieces with a sledgehammer.  It makes frequent jokes about itself, and the X-Men movie franchise.

This has the effect of making it hard to engage with, but you'll probably be having too much fun to care.

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