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Wade Wilson (Reynolds) is a former special forces operative who makes a living as a mercenary. Life seems pretty good for Wade until he meets Ajax (Skrein), a twisted individual with his own evil plans. Ajax performs an experiment on Wade that gives the latter a set of superpowers. But this gift comes with a price and Wade seeks out Ajax to exact revenge. Deadpool traces the origin story of an unlikely, but extremely entertaining superhero.
Right from the opening credits itself you'll find yourself realizing that this is the kind of superhero movie which is definitely different. In fact, it wouldn't be wrong to say that it is a much-needed shot in the arm for the superhero genre in general. While there has been no shortage of comic book hero adaptations into film in recent times, Deadpool is one with a difference. For one, it breaks the fourth wall - that barrier between the film and the audience. This results in the kind of viewer involvement that is both endearing and extremely refreshing.
We find out about how Wade Wilson came to be a superhero via a series of jump cuts, flashbacks and oodles of humour. And then there's Wade's girlfriend, the feisty Vanessa (Baccarin) who is as messed up as he is. While their brand of romance has to be seen to be believed, their chemistry manages to be downright kinky to say the least, but delightfully enough, very real.
Wade's buddy Weasel (Miller), a barkeep, is also his wingman. And when both Wade and Weasel share screen space, they're a laugh riot. While the rest of the cast is suitably funny (don't miss the fantastically-named Negasonic Teenage Warhead, played by Hildebrand), this really is Reynolds' moment in the sun all the way. He surely has come a long way since 2011's very ordinary Green Lantern. In fact, what elevates this movie to another level is not just the snarky one-liners, but the plethora of cross-references to a lot of other superhero films as well. Supported by a very clever script, Deadpool is deliciously irreverent, subversive and uproariously funny.
When Marvel Comics created Deadpool, it must've been triggered by a desperate attempt to break away from the stagnation in the superhero genre. So instead of a noble selfless public messiah, they imagined a wisecracking merciless maniac whose one-liners can kill and swords can dismember. He has superhuman powers that he chooses to use with great irresponsibility. He doesn't give a tosh for greater good and is single-mindedly interested in avenging himself. The film also weaves in a love story, but it's not the reason why you'd pick this film for your V-Day date.
Set in the same universe as the X-Men franchise, this one follows a former special forcesoperative-turned-mercenary, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), whose ideal life, comprising his ideal girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and his ideal job as an indestructible professional slayer comes to a grinding halt when he's diagnosed with cancer. But this is also the point of irreversible transformation as he's driven to desperate measures like signing up for a rogue experimental program that turns him into a genetically enhanced mutated being. While this cures his cancer, it turns his face into something referred to in the film as "the inside of an anus", hence warranting the need for a mask (unlike most superheroes, who'd hide behind one to protect their identity).
Wilson picks a name, a costume and prepares to face his nemesis, Francis Freeman (Ed Skrein), the Dr Jekyll responsible for his state.
The film sets the tone right from the opening credits, when cast members are described as "some hot chick", "a British villain", "directed by an overpaid tool" and so on. You know right away that this isn't your regular superhero-saving-the-day kind of film.
Infact, the lead isn't much of hero, and is more of a monster who seeks revenge and is willing to push the envelope when it comes to picking a technique for killing. So, if you're turned off by gore, this one could be a bit too graphic for your liking. Deadpool also drops a few X Men references that mock the franchise, and the lead's smutty take on everything around him makes this film watertight with gags.
Reynolds has come a long way from the goofy teen in the sitcom Two Guys and a Girl. His comic timing makes Deadpool the most obnoxious, yet endearing superhero ever. After the Green Lantern failed to garner any traction or enough fans, this was possibly a high-stakes gamble for the actor.
Luckily, Reynolds delivers a masterstroke and sets the bar high for goofy superhero movies to come.
Deadpool works for the same reason Comedy Central Roast does: it takes a dig at itself and heartily laughs at the cliches and idiosyncrasies associated with the genre.
After Marvel's Hannibal in 'Blade: Trinity' (2004), Wade Wilson in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' (2009), Hal Jordan in DC's 'Green Lantern' (2011) and Nick Walker in 'Dark Horse's R.I.P.D.' (2013), this is Ryan Renolds fifth time portraying a comic character in a film.
In January 2012, a short 3-minute clip was shot to be presented to the heads of studio for approval. The clip was then released to the public in 2014 and it became an instant rage. Following its popularity the makers re-shot that sequence and kept it in the film too.
The actual costume of Deadpool had a muscle layer beneath the cloth, but Ryan’s heavily sculpted body made the costume tight and also made the actor look oddly huge. The layer was then removed.
Ed Skrein (Ajax) is the third 'Game of Thrones' actor to appear in an 'X-Men' film. Prior to this, Peter Dinklage (Bolivar Trask) and Sophie Turner (Jean Gray) also featured in the series.
Before Morena Baccarin was finalized as Wade’s girlfriend, Venessa, Taylor Schilling, Crystal Reed, Rebecca Ritters, Sarah Greene and Jessica De Gouw were being considered for the role.
In one of the fight sequences in a junkyard featuring Gina Carano, the actress was not bothered by the difficult stunts. The only thing that was on her mind was her fear of spiders.
The entire film was shot in 48 hours.
Wade Wilson is a mercenary who spends his time in New York City protecting teenage girls from would-be stalkers. He meets female escort Vanessa Carlysle and they become romantically attached for nearly a year when he suddenly collapses one night and is diagnosed with multiple organ cancer. He reluctantly leaves Vanessa to undergo an experiment to cure his cancer, only to be injected with a special serum by Francis Freeman and subjected to days of torture methods by Angel Dust for his mutation to kick in. When Wade is strapped into an airtight chamber, the drop in oxygen triggers a healing factor that removes his cancer, but severely disfigures his face and skin in the process. He escapes from the secret laboratory, but as he cannot come to terms with his complexion, he keeps himself away from Vanessa. Wade moves into the home of an elderly blind woman named Al, and with the advice of his best friend Weasel, he becomes a masked vigilante named "Deadpool".
Following a string of leads from various syndicates, Deadpool attacks a convoy of cars on an expressway before getting his hands on Francis, demanding for a cure to his disfigurement. The confrontation is suddenly interrupted by the X-Men Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who wish for him to join the team. Their intervention enables Francis to run off, and when Colossus handcuffs himself to Deadpool on their way back to the X-Mansion, Deadpool cuts off his own hand and escapes back to his home.
The next night, Weasel convinces Deadpool to go back to Vanessa, but when they arrive at the strip club she works at, Deadpool discovers that she has been kidnapped, and Francis and Angel Dust tell him to meet up with them on a decommissioned aircraft carrier at a scrapyard. Deadpool convinces Colossus and Negasonic to help him, and the trio take a cab to the scrapyard, where Colossus and Negasonic have a grueling battle with Angel Dust while Deadpool slashes through an army of goons on his way toward Francis. Both Deadpool and Francis engage in a bloody hand-to-hand combat before Negasonic uses her power to destroy the aircraft carrier. Despite pleas from Colossus to spare his enemy's life, Deadpool kills Francis before he reconciles with Vanessa.
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The film starring Ryan Reynolds as the new age superhero with a witty sense of humour, opened at Rs 3.75 crore which was even higher than the openings of 'Fitoor' and 'Sanam Re' which collected Rs 3.50 crore each, on the day of their release.
While 'Deadpool' made Rs 20 crore in its first week, the collections of 'Fitoor' stand at Rs 17 crore and 'Sanam Re' at Rs 20.50 crore.