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Deadpool: Movie Review

  • Merkwürdige Liebe

    Merkwürdige Liebe

    Desimartini | Updated - February 14, 2016 1:30 AM IST
    3.6DM (741 ratings)

    Verdict - An utterly disposable but refreshingly lightweight comedy.

    DeadpoolWatch trailerRelease date : February 12, 2016

    I can't say I wholeheartedly enjoyed every single bit of Deadpool but for what it's worth, it is a refreshing departure from the type of superhero movies we get so often these days. The film, directed by Tim Miller, doesn't pose as an "epic" - superhero films these days, especially of the Marvel variety, are so heavy on grandiosity of scale that the largeness has become extremely generic. It's the kind of thing that just doesn't inspire awe anymore. Superhero films have also become unbearably self-serious, lacking any wit or flavour whatsoever. So it comes as a bit of a surprise that Deadpool is, at heart, a romantic comedy; a film which is content with being small and lightweight. I enjoyed how it tweaks the backstory trope, revealing it in flashbacks to add an extra punch to the present day portions. But while I appreciate that the film has got a sense of humour, the humour is in fact strictly juvenile. It's a film which wants to get truly raunchy, and yet all it can come up with is the kind of stuff which seems to have been written by a boy in his teens. There's a lot of winking that goes on in the movie, some of which works and some doesn't, but the humour only about manages to achieve a guilty-pleasure quality at best. Also, the film constantly keeps pointing at several flaws of the generic superhero film, but does little to rise above its parody status - a feat which someone like Edgar Wright pulls off with ease. Ryan Reynolds does particularly well in the portions where he's wearing a mask: since we can't see his facial expressions, much humour is drawn through physical gestures. Morena Baccarin is a pleasant enough presence, so are most of the supporting characters, but nothing really takes on truly special quality. I enjoyed it more than I would a film with shots of superheroes flying against the backdrop of huge falling structures underscored by thumping background score, but the film never rises above the level of a cheap parody.

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