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An ex-special forces officer turned mercenary, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is diagnosed with terminal cancer and leaves his girlfriend, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) to fight the illness alone. He meets an agent from a clandestine facility who guarantees him a cure. Wade undergoes the treatment headed by Ajax (Ed Skrein) through torturous methods leaving him permanently disfigured but healed of his cancer. Claiming his horrific scarring is reversible, Wade relentlessly tracks Ajax for a cosmetic improvement.
Time to make the chimichangas and brace for a whole lot of adult and meta humour from your friendly neighbourhood Pool guy. A passion project since his introduction in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’, Reynolds has tirelessly sought for the right talent to evoke goodwill and erase any animosity fans may still have in Gavin Hood’s dismal entry.
The gamble led to a $132.7 million opening and a ‘Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy’ nod from the Golden Globes and Producers Guild of America. Though not fully deserving the highest echelon during this awards season, a slot in the ‘Best Picture’ race from the Oscars would put the academy on track in its quest for continuous diversity.
Starring God’s perfect idiot and written by the real heroes here, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who knew that breaking the fourth wall can be this profanely merry. Many quotable one-liners quipped by a duly nominated Reynolds for ‘Best Actor – Musical or Comedy’, he is only let down in trite plotting. The film hangs firmly on his charms and offers nothing new.
With an R rating exhibited so prominently in its marketing, the promise of a rebooted Deadpool mirroring the comics looked set for a bloody delivery. It is bloody and there is loads of cussing. The merc with a mouth is back and as cool as he was as Weapon XI, there is no denying that his witticism is his defining asset. But we cannot coast only on personality, can we?
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity