News

Deadpool: He’s not so ‘super’ but he’s a hero

MASKED: Brianna Hildebrand and Ryan Reynolds in a scene from the movie Deadpool.
MASKED: Brianna Hildebrand and Ryan Reynolds in a scene from the movie Deadpool. Joe Lederer

DEADPOOL is a funny movie.

It's also gross, incredibly violent, occasionally touching and over the top in nearly every way.

Marvel's latest hero, well, anti-hero, is taking the piss out of Marvel, superhero movies in general and himself.

Ryan Reynolds is back in top comedic form as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, and only too happy to give himself crap for his previous crack at playing a superhero in Green Lantern.

From the opening credits, it's clear Deadpool does not fit the mainstream superhero mould.

There are direct references to the cameras, the audience and, in a humorous Australian twist, Wolverine himself Hugh Jackman.

Reynolds doesn't just break the fourth wall; he smashes it, reaches out into the cinema, grabs you by the collar and then makes a joke about said fourth wall before shooting some bad guy in the head.

The film also plays with time, jumping back and forth in Deadpool's origin story, often pausing during the middle of the action.

I found some of the fight scenes a bit overwhelming in the same way as films like Man of Steel, where seemingly unbreakable heroes and villains beat the crap out of each other in a barrage of violence.

A good chunk of the violence, though, like when Deadpool shoots three baddies in the head with a single bullet, is used for comedic effect.

Reynolds and Morena Baccarin have great chemistry and their love story really grounds the story.

The film's blend of snarky, dark, twisted humour and extreme violence certainly won't be to everyone's tastes.

If you liked the trailers then you'll like the movie.

Deadpool might reject the superhero tag, but you'll cheer him on nonetheless.

Deadpool opens nationally today.

Deadpool

  • Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, TJ Miller, Gina Carano.
  • Director: Tim Miller
  • Reviewer: Seanna Cronin
  • Verdict: 3.5/5 stars

Topics:  deadpool, marvel, marvel universe, movies, ryan reynolds, x-men




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

MUMS' TOP 5: 'Musts' to have on your childcare checklist

SOME FALL SHORT: Organisations that train childcare workers will be subjected to extra audits.

SENDING your child off to day care can be daunting and confusing.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Police still on the hunt for man with distinctive tattoos

Tweed police are still searching for Rodney Deleuney, 22, on a return to prison warrant.

POLICE still searching for a wanted man who disappeared 2 weeks ago.

Local paramedic saves lives in Vanuatu bus crash

Former Kyogle man Casey Lewis is now a paramedic on Vanuatu, and was first on the scene of a bus crash at Port Vila.

Kyogle man helps at scene of Port Vila bus crash

Unlicensed Ballina tradie busted and fined

A blitz on unlicensed and dishonest builders and tradies is continuing.

A blitz on unlicensed and dishonest builders is continuing

Latest deals and offers

Carnifex Snippet 4

Carnifex are about to release new music with their sixth album. Photo Contributed

"Drown Me In Blood" from CA based death metal outfit CARNIFEX. Sixth studio album...

Carnifex Snippet 3

Carnifex are about to release new music with their sixth album. Photo Contributed

"Drown Me In Blood" from CA based death metal outfit CARNIFEX. Sixth studio album...

Carnifex Snippet 2

Carnifex are about to release new music with their sixth album. Photo Contributed

"Drown Me In Blood" from CA based death metal outfit CARNIFEX. Sixth studio album...

OPINION: Should we give up the great Aussie dream?

Generic housing Rural View.

First home buyers are struggling big time

Commercial Property June 16 edition

SNAPPED UP: A sushi shop in a106sq mground-floor tenancy with a 43sq moutdoor area in Southport Central Towers on the Gold Coast has sold for $954,000.

RealCommercial edition June 16, 2016.