Friday, 12 February 2016

#11 DEAD POOL

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hidebrand and Stefan Kapičić. Written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. Directed by Tim Miller. Budget $58 million and 108 minutes long.


Ryan Reynolds is the Merc with the Mouth aka Deadpool who earns money intimidating people before finding love with a tart with a heart before he's diagnosed with terminal cancer. He gets offered a cure and ends up having his DNA scrambled as his mutant genes are stimulated and he becomes Deadpool, the 4th wall breaking immortal gun for hire with a wacky line in humour and a red and black spandex costume who's looking for the man who left him for dead and kidnapped his grieving girlfriend.

This starts very well, with a fantastic credit sequence and a pounding action set piece, it then skips back and forth through time as we learn Deadpool's origin story and his quest to save his girl from the bad guys. The many trailers for this promise much hilarity and mirth and it's true to say that Ryan Reynolds was born for this role and he gives it his all.  It has a boundless energy and screams at the top of its lungs LOVE ME!!!! from beginning to end. Sure it's funny, there are several laugh out loud moments but I'm sorry to say that the rest of it left me kinda flat, the film starts high and then just levels off, it makes you smile, you chortle and that's kinda of it. It's brief and doesn't outstay its welcome and it's a lot better than Ryan's other comic based movies - Blade 3, Green Lantern and RIPD.

I wish I had more to say about it than that, but the true is it's sort of okay, just not as brilliant as Guardians of the Galaxy. I think doing another one of these would be one too many, but what the hell do I know?

7/10










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