The first thing I should say about this film is that it is rated 15 in the UK and 18 in the US, so it’s not for the faint-hearted nor for those of you who don’t like a lot of blood and gore (and some sex scenes although not massively explicit). Despite that, it’s actually a comedy – weird, but it really is very funny!
The plot in a nutshell: Wade Wilson, a former Special Forces agent, discovers he has terminal cancer. When a stranger offers him the chance to live by undergoing some experimental treatment, he accepts because he wants to have a life with his fiancée, but he doesn’t realise what it entails. He is horribly scarred by the experiment, but is left with the ability to heal extremely quickly (well, he seems to be able to heal everything except those scars) and he’s even able to grow back limbs if he loses them. To hide what he’s become, he adopts the alter ego Deadpool, creates a superhero suit, and goes hunting for the guy who did this to him since he thinks he’ll be able to reverse the process and change him back to what he was.
This guy is a smartass, there’s no other word for him – irritating and with a wacky, dark sense of humour that is hilarious at the same time as it’s twisted. He talks non-stop (both as narrator and in character) and there were times when I just wanted to yell at him to shut up for five seconds. But at the same time you can’t help but like him – he’s like one of those little kids who’s really annoying but endearing all at once.
I found myself laughing all the way through, almost against my will. Even the opening credits are funny – I won’t give away any spoilers but they’ve kind of copied something the Monty Python gang did many years ago. The film is fast-paced, the plot grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go until the very last moment, when you can finally breathe out. The dialogue is brilliant, especially when he’s with his girlfriend – the two of them have serious chemistry and spark off each other. You can tell from the word go that they’re meant for each other until this horrible thing happens to him. Can their relationship survive? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.
This is yet another film in the Marvel franchise, but Deadpool wasn’t a character I was familiar with so it was fun to see something new and different. It’s the 8th instalment of the X-men series and I don’t think it will tie in with the other Marvel superhero movies in the future. But apparently there’s a sequel on the way so at least we have that to look forward to!