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Deadpool review: Marvel movie magic

Deadpool recaptures the mad magic of the Marvel ‘movieverse’. With tongue planted firmly in his cheek, first-time feature filmmaker Tim Miller keeps us wholly invested in the exploits of the titular super-antihero.

movie reviews Updated: Feb 13, 2016 15:09 IST
Rashid Irani
Deadpool review:

During a cab ride in the opening sequence, Mukesh’s evergreen “Mera Joota Hai Japani” blares from the music system.

Deadpool
Director:
Tim Miller
Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin
Rating: 4.5/5

One of the more inventive comic book adaptations in many a moon, Deadpool recaptures the mad magic of the Marvel ‘movieverse’. With tongue planted firmly in his cheek, first-time feature filmmaker Tim Miller keeps us wholly invested in the exploits of the titular super-antihero.

Cracking one-liners as expertly as he cracks skulls, the former soldier of fortune (Reynolds) agrees to undergo a medical experiment after being diagnosed with cancer. Hideously disfigured but blessed with accelerated healing powers and lighting fast reflexes, the regenerated patient sets out to wreak vengeance on the sadistic scientist (Ed Skrein) responsible for his predicament.

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There is no trace of sentimentality in the romance between the newly christened Deadpool and his sassy girlfriend (Baccarin). Even in the midst of gonzo action there are some tender domestic moments between the two. The revenge-stoked fantasy is bolstered up by an eclectic soundtrack by Junkie XL. During a cab ride in the opening sequence, Mukesh’s evergreen “Mera Joota Hai Japani” blares from the music system.

Attired in a red-and-black spandex suit, leading man Ryan Reynolds decimates a battalion of scumbags while regaling the viewer with a barrage of politically incorrect quips. The well-cast supporting ensemble includes TJ Miller as the mutant’s bartending best friend and Gina Carano as the rival henchwoman. Put simply, Deadpool is pure Marvel magic.

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