Deadpool | Film review – Ryan Reynolds’ antihero is snide, snarky and wickedly funny

Bursting at the seams with dick jokes, boob shots and larky splatter, Deadpool is simultaneously the most ‘adult’ Marvel movie to date and the most supremely juvenile. Like a smart-ass teenager, this is a movie that revels in its snarky irreverence.

Ryan Reynolds does glib and snarky better than most, which makes him a perfect fit for the lead role of former Special Forces operative turned disfigured mercenary Wade Wilson, aka “the Merc with a Mouth”, aka Deadpool.

The character was briefly glimpsed in 2009’s
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
, but this solo outing couldn’t be more different from that ponderous flop. It’s snide, scabrous, gleefully twisted and violent, and wickedly funny, with Reynolds’ wisecracking, fourth-wall breaking, morally and sexually ambiguous antihero delivering a running commentary on the action, his pop culture patter name dropping everyone from Liam Neeson in the Taken films to Sinead O’Connor and Wham!

Certificate 15. Runtime 108 mins. Director Tim Miller

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