- 26 Feb 16
SCABROUSLY FUNNY ANTI-HERO FLICK HAS SNARK, SEX AND SELF-AWARENESS Directed by Tim Miller. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller, Ed Skrein, Brianna Hildebrans, Michael Benyaer. 108 mins
In an era when comic book adaptations rely on either all-powerful superheroes preventing impending apocalypse (Avengers, Superman), or PG-13 cheeky chappies opposing evil technological advancement (Spiderman, Ant-Man), there’s something particularly delicious about Deadpool. He’s the snarky, smug, pansexual antihero with a disfigured face and mental instability.
He’s wise-cracking and self-aware, breaking the fourth wall and mocking other superheroes. And though Tim Miller’s adaptation has its flaws, with some thin characterisation and plodding flashbacks, his shrewdly self-aware, gritty toned and nicely nasty film captures the vital essence of this character: Deadpool has no fucks to give. And it’s glorious.
While Miller’s intercutting timelines occasionally stagger the action, his action sequences are brilliantly bloody spectacles, rife with high-octane gunplay and thrillingly choreographed acrobatics. The director’s background in visual effects makes the most of the relatively small budget, while the humour is suitably brutal.