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Film Review: Deadpool


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After years of fan outcry for an R-rated Deadpool film, 2016 finally puts the voice of fans at rest with Fox releasing a Deadpool film which is true to its source material.

Deadpool made his first appearance on the big screen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and it is fair to say it was a victim of terrible execution: no swearing, no gore and no silly one-liners. Deadpool's credibility had been damaged.

However, Ryan Reynolds has made Deadpool a respectable part of the Fox Marvel Cinematic Universe, and his portrayal of the character will be one that fans want to see more of.

The film is a simple revenge story: Wade Wilson (Deadpool), played by Ryan Reynolds, is after the man who gave him immortality after the treatment he receives gives him a rather wrinkled face.

It is clear that Deadpool is a character Reynolds has been waiting to play for a number of years and he suits the role perfectly. He clearly realises that his relationship with the viewer is what makes Deadpool special and unique. 

Deadpool's ability to break the fourth wall is frequent, but not annoying, whilst his cursing and pop culture references make him one of the most relatable Marvel characters to date.

Deadpool is joined by a great cast: TJ Miller's portrayal of Weasel was great and arguably delivers some of the best lines in the film.

Two X-men also make an appearance, in the form of Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. If all crossovers in the Fox MCU are like this, then the Fox Marvel films are on the rise.

The only character which does not live up to expectations is Ajax. As usual he is British, but he lacks real depth and does not pose any real threat to Deadpool except kill his love interest.

The final set piece is underwhelming compared to previous Marvel films - but that is mainly down to the villain posing no real threat to the world except Deadpool.

Deadpool is a great change for Marvel films and shows that with the right people, and mature superhero film can be achieved. 

An underwhelming villain and finale do not take away from what is a great Deadpool film, with all the cursing and audience interaction Deadpool fans could wish for. Deadpool is a character which will make appearances in many other Fox Marvel films.

Deadpool is out in UK cinemas now. 

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