A superhero with attitude, Deadpool is brazen, weird and fun – and without resorting to excessive juvenile crudity and stupidity (which were on the cards).
Although yet another Marvel origin film, Deadpool is not (thankfully) full of superhero action sequences (no destruction of New York). Throwaway comic commentary on other X-Men mutants and the film studios actually trash the brand Marvel – all to good and positive effect.
The story, for what it’s worth, is ho-hum. But debut director Tim Miller keeps the action coming and the tone light. Ryan Reynolds is crude, flirtatious and successful as the hero (as opposed to the disastrous The Green Lantern) ably supported by the rest of the cast.