Loaded with sass, sex, and sadistic violence, Deadpool
is not your youngster’s comic-book origin story. Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool is, in his own words, “super, but no hero.” He’s a chump-change mercenary (“a bad guy who fucks up worse guys”), who acquires self-regenerating powers and a horrific visage after succumbing to a purported treatment for late-stage cancer. The film is as postmodernly self-referential as it can get, littered with inside jokes which should be a hoot for the average viewer and nirvana for Marvel connoisseurs. Reynolds (having previously appeared as Wade Wilson, Deadpool’s mortal former self in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
) is perfectly cast as the wisecracking Deadpool. Yet the character’s constant asides can get to be a bit much, and many sequences go on for too long. The film's climactic battle, for instance, simply becomes a ceaseless slugfest – and to little effect: With a character like Deadpool, words alone can be deadly. Read a full review of Deadpool.