Deadpool, based on characters created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld: a Film Review


Dishonorably discharged and out on the town, one Wade Wilson, meets a beautiful prostitute named Vanessa.  As the pair become romantically involved things lead to a proposal.  When she accepts the couple is insanely happy…that is until Wade is diagnosed with terminal cancer and leaves Vanessa without a word, hoping to protect her from watching him die.

Not long after Wade is recruited by a strange and mysterious group offering an experimental procedure which should cure his cancer.  He accepts hoping to return to the life he had with Vanessa.  Instead he is injected with a serum designed to awaken the X-gene…which is thought to be the cause of mutations like those seen in the X-men.

Subjected to days of stress and torture to trigger any latent mutation contained in his cells, Wade suffers for days until he is put into a hyberbaric chamber for a weekend…periodically being brought to the verge of asphyxiation throughout the days.  When his captors return they discover that Wade has indeed mutated but with some unwanted side effects.

While he can heal at a superhuman rate (effectively rendering him completely immortal) Wade is covered in burn like scars that can never heal…regardless of how his new mutation works.  After being left for dead in the lab Wade has only a few choices.  Try to live a life with Vanessa now that he is “cured” of his illness.

Or to seek revenge on those who have done him wrong…

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Origin Story, Revenge Story

-Creator: based on characters created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld

-Length: 108 minutes

-Rating: R (for severe sex and nudity, severe violence and gore, severe profanity, mild use of alcohol and drug use, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

This is everything you could ask for in a Deadpool movie and more.  I know I should have included this in the X-men reviews because technically it is the 8th X-men film but come on.

Deadpool is and always will be his own thing in my mind.

If this is just the start of seeing him in the MCU I will take it. 

It is snarky, and violent…funny and just over the top.  It is so perfectly Deadpool from start to finish.  Plus as far as origin stories go its comprehensive and brash but not condescending.  You get everything that you need while still feeling like you are trapped in Deadpool’s head…which is absolutely perfect for a Superhero (anti-hero?) who continually breaks the fourth wall both in the film and in his comics.

Ryan Reynolds certainly redeemed himself with this one after the disaster that was Green Lantern… for that review click there.

Do remember though (and Reynolds has said it himself time and time again) this is NOT a movie for kids… just because its about superheroes doesn’t mean the VERY ADULT content is acceptable for kids.  Deadpool is so very much not a kids character.

So worth the watch if you are okay with gratuitous language, excessive violence and a character that is worth every single bit of all of that.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

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