There was no way in hell that Fox could f*** up Deadpool twice! The titular Merc with a Mouth is a character whom, shall we say, has not been well served in film up till now. His ironically muted appearance in 2009’s dismal X-Men Origins: Wolverine ranks highly to this day as one of cinema’s greatest, most unforgivable sins, and still has the power to enrage fans even now, many years after the fact. To say that director Tim Miller’s long-awaited solo movie goes to great lengths to make up for aforementioned sin is an understatement – Deadpool is the apology fans have demanded for years, delivered in nice, blood spattered red and black wrapping!

And yet, Deadpool is far from apologetic in terms of its tone or attitude. A no-holds barred, raucous fueled celebration of everything modern superhero movies aren’t, Deadpool takes great joy in taking a shot or three at its comic book forebears. Endless waves of parody and self-awareness breeze throughout the film, resulting in laugh after laugh, many of which may leave non-fans perplexed, but leave those in the know very entertained.

Deadpool Review

The fourth wall breaking moments the character has become famous for are all present and correct here, giving the film much in the way of a unique identity (even the opening credits can’t resist getting in on it!). These slightly more out-there jokes work well alongside the more brash witticisms, expletives and violent sight gags, all of which have a welcome place here too.

So much for tone, but unfortunately Deadpool does falter somewhat in some areas, particularly in terms of plot. The character and the jokes are spot on throughout, but ultimately, the story is very one-note. The decision to tell the character’s complicated origin via numerous flashbacks peppered throughout the narrative only serves to slow things down and leave us counting down to when Deadpool will next appear, whilst the climactic fight scenes are a slight anti-climax, especially with the amazing, high-octane freeway battle seen in the opening 15 minutes still fresh in our minds. A rather uninspiring Stan Lee cameo which could have been so much more and the absolute waste of screen time that is Ed Skrein (cast here as the villain) don’t exactly work in the film’s favor either.

Deadpool Review

But to hell with those minor niggles, because despite said-flaws, the film is still massively entertaining! Ryan Reynolds certainly proves that he wasn’t miscast as the character way back in 2009, bringing the character to life in a manner that shows off his many talents and keeps us wanting more. Imbuing every scene with humour, Reynolds truly succeeds in bringing all aspects of the character to the screen in one form or another. Co-stars TJ Miller, Leslie Uggams and Morena Baccarin all elicit laughs aplenty between them as well, whilst the fast-paced direction, effects and stunts all coalesce in a way that ensures some truly ridiculous, kinetic and frankly hilarious action scenes.

In a year wherein we have more scheduled superhero films on the slate than ever before, Deadpool certainly can’t be accused of playing it safe or just being more of the same. The meta-humour and adult-orientated approach help make proceedings feel fresh, whilst the comedy and action blend together with ease, all helping to create a movie worthy of the popular wise cracking anti-hero.

Hey Fox, y’know what would really make up for X-Men Origins: Wolverine though? A sequel.