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Being a comic book lover, I was excited to see what the latest superhero flick had in store for me. This movie had been set up to meet the high expectations of all Marvel fanboys and fangirls, especially due to the impressive marketing. After a remarkable 108 minutes’ runtime,

Deadpool is Marvel’s favourite anti-hero and has grown to become a cultural icon since his first comic book appearance in 1991. “The Merc with the Mouth” describes his personality well: a deformed, mutated, unstable, and highly talkative mercenary. Though this character has been portrayed on the silver screen twice (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Deadpool), the latter was more like its comic book counterpart.

The film revolves around Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), an ex-mercenary with a great sense of humour and temper issues, who tries to do well with his life and earn a living. He spends most of his free time at the bar with his best friend, Weasel (T. J. Miller), drinking with fellow .

Things take a turn for the better when Wade meets Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and they engage in a passionate . However, Wade is forced to face his mortality when he is diagnosed with cancer in several areas of his body. In order to make things right with Vanessa, Wade enrols himself into a special program that turns him into a mutant. During that process, he crosses paths with Ajax (Ed Skrein), whose sole purpose is to destroy Wade. Ajax is so desperate that he resorts to kidnapping Vanessa in order to lure Wade into his traps. Wade (now Deadpool) must use his mutant abilities and assistance from his allies to track Ajax down and save the love of his life.

Although Deadpool might seem like a regular superhero film, it is actually the opposite. The film repeatedly pokes fun at the superhero genre and films in general—the protagonist even breaks the fourth wall numerous times.

Deadpool is set within Fox’s X-Men universe and is already a commercial and critical hit. The most appealing aspect of the film is the performances by the lead characters, though supporting actors’ performances are also satisfying.

Reynolds’ performance and energy level is praise-worthy throughout the film. The direction by Tim Miller compliments the witty script, and the violence in the film earns it a well-deserved R-rating. Overall, the film fails to disappoint from the opening scene to the post-credits scenes.

If you are looking for a stress-buster, love comic books—especially X-Men—or just want to watch a well-executed, amusing, and entertaining film with an amazing cast, this movie is a must-watch.

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