Reynolds dishes out barbs and bullets as anti-hero in Deadpool


Action comedy/108 minutes/Opens today

Rating: 4/5

The story: Former Special Forces operative-turned-mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) learns he has cancer. In order to stay alive and be with his beloved Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), he subjects himself to a sadistic experiment that leaves him badly disfigured. His newly acquired accelerated healing powers come in handy as he seeks revenge on Ajax (Ed Skrein), the person who turned him into a mutant.

YOU'LL know right from the start that this is not your typical Marvel superhero movie.

Read the opening credits and you get its tone.

It is irreverent, politically incorrect and extremely violent. Yet, it is absolutely full of fun.

Reynolds was born to play a motormouth - and he finally may have a hit movie on his hands. His self-deprecating humour works overtime here.

Not only does he make fun of himself a lot but he also mocks the superhero genre, particularly a certain mutant group that calls itself the X-Men.

And that's why this comic-book flick stands out from the rest. It dares to be different and it dares to offend.

For one thing, Deadpool is no superhero. He's just one rather selfish man who wants payback and it doesn't matter to him how many heads he needs to slice off or blow up just to get to his target.

His behaviour is so bad that two minor characters from the X-Men need to take him in to give him a good spanking.

But underneath that trash-talking and trigger-happy facade is a man with a big heart and a die-hard romantic.

How can you fault someone like that? You can tell this passion project is a labour of love, albeit one whose low budget is pretty obvious.

The production isn't as slick as the Captain America and Iron Man movies. But that works in Deadpool's favour, giving it an indie feel - perfect for the anti-hero who just can't shut up.

This article was first published on February 11, 2016.
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