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2016, Fantasy - Superheroes

Deadpool (2016)

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An irreverend ex-special ops man, after finding love with an attractive prostitute who he marries discovers that he has irreversable cancer, but is recruited by an organisation which says it can cure him. Its leaders put him through extreme hardship in order to awaken his mutant genes and are successful, giving him extreme healing capabilities, but the downside is that he is severely disfigured, preventing him from renewing his relationship. He engages in violent pursuit of those who changed him in the hope of improving his appearance, but will his lover take him back anyway?

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The film opens with a firefight on a bridge, setting the tone for the rest, and over the next couple of hours we find out the reasons for it, what Deadpool used to be, how his love life developed and what his hopes are. There is a lot of violence with all sorts of firearms and edged weapons and plenty of blood and gore. The hero, if that is what he is, often speaks to camera, and there is some quite energetic sex, with some almost nudity (the IMDb content advisors saw more than I did), some actual nudity in a strip club and some drinking.

A View I quite enjoyed this outing, but it might mean more to the superhero enthusiasts, though even I could see that the X-Men jokes were pretty good. Most of the critics quite liked it, those who did not feeling it was formulaic, but surely that was the intention. I think you might have to watch it pretty carefully to get it all, and I could never quite understand why he was offered the cure. So a watch for a small fee, but not with your granny.
Duration 1h 48m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A Marvel Comics character of the same name.
Director Tim Miller
Writers/Script Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, Leslie Uggams, Stan Lee
Additional Info The production budget for this movie was $58 million, and it made $135 million on its first weekend. The studio must have spent a fortune on publicity but even so, and it went on to gross $783 million. A sequel was released in 2018.

 

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