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DEADPOOL (2016) - SPECIAL REVIEW

Deadpool (2016)


A fast-talking mercenary with a morbid sense of humor is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge.

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This is the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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10 February 2016 (Philippines)  »

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$58.000.000 (estimated)

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$135.050.000 (USA) (12 February 2016)

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$363.024.263 (USA) (3 June 2016)
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According to data compiled by TorrentFreak, the Ryan Reynolds starrer racked up the most illegal downloads last year.

Ryan Reynolds' long-gestating anti-superhero pic Deadpool was one of the biggest hits of 2016. In addition to its massive box-office success, the film also earned two Golden Globe nominations for best musical or comedy and best actor for Reynolds. Now, the sendup of the superhero genre can add another accolade to its growing list: the most pirated film of 2016.

According to data compiled by TorrentFreak, Deadpool topped its list of illegally downloaded movies. The year-end roundup included other such superhero ventures as Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War. 

The list features many of the year's highest box-office grossers, such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which was actually released in December 2015) and Pixar's hit animated sequel Finding Dory.
However, the correlation between commercial hit and pirated hot-ticket item is not the only one at play. While massive hits like Deadpool, Finding Dory and Captain America: Civil War landed on the top 10 list in both categories, family fare such as Illumination Entertainment's The Secret Life of Pets and Disney's live-action remake of The Jungle Book were absent from the rundown of most torrented films, despite ranking fourth and fifth at the 2016 box office, respectively.
Despite the illegality of the downloads, earning the top spot with torrentors proves, yet again, that Deadpool resonated with audiences.

Ryan Reynolds stars as a superhero not quite like the others in the latest — and certainly raunchiest — Marvel movie, directed by Tim Miller.

For the multitudes who feared that, after Fantastic Four, Fox might simply be rummaging too far down into Marvel's basement in search of a few more scraps of lucre, the joke's on them. It takes a little while to get in gear — or perhaps just to adjust to what's going on here — but once it does, Deadpool drops trou to reveal itself as a really raunchy, very dirty and pretty funny goof on the entire superhero ethos, as well as the first Marvel film to irreverently trash the brand. Just what anyone suffering from genre burnout might appreciate at this point, as well as a big in-joke treat for all but the most reverent fanboys, this film looks to be hitting the market at just the right time — with Christmas releases now in the rearview mirror — to rake in some sweet returns.

Given the surprising amount of nudity, raw sex jokes and nonstop underlined and bold-faced, racy dialogue, it's amusing to picture the countless pubescent boys who will be plotting a way to get into this extremely R-rated romp. Not only does Ryan Reynolds give it his all, shall we say, but the conversations here mostly resemble the sort of thing you'd expect to hear around last call at a Bakersfield biker bar. Or, more to the point, what you'd get if you mashed up the dialogue from the two previous scripts written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Zombieland and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Last seen decapitated and heading down the chimney of a nuclear plant at the end of X-Men: Origins in 2009, Wade Wilson/Deadpool has always seemed like a tough nut to crack in terms of centering a mass-audience film on him. A brash and brazen mercenary, he's an anti-hero with a film noir lead's taste for the louche and low-down, as well as a character who, in narrative terms, stands out due to his predilection for breaking the fourth wall. Whether he could make the grade as the leading man of a franchise of his own was always a question, which partly accounts for the prolonged wait-and-see on Marvel's part.

Other reasons for hesitation lay in the character not being a superhero like all the others and, if the pic were to be done right, the necessity of an R rating — a place Marvel has never gone before. How to reconcile the brand's image and fan base with such material? The answer probably lies in the fact that Marvel is so successful now, and so far down the line with their various franchises, that shaking things up was seen as permissible and maybe even a good move. Or perhaps executives aware early on of what was happening with Fantastic Four said, “Opposite direction! Now!”

At first, with some strained/cheeky opening credits (“a moody teen,” “a gratuitous cameo”) followed by an emotional-investment-free highway action sequence notable for its splatter gore content, things don't look promising — just wiseass-y and needlessly violent. Who is this guy in red and black spandex with white fabric where eyes should be, who fights with two katanas, spins in the air in slo-mo and has wounds that heal at once? Shoot this guy full of holes and he'll be back at you within seconds. “I may be super, but I'm no hero,” he cracks. Why should we care?

Flash back two years and things seem no better, save, perhaps, for the dude's face, which now plainly belongs to Reynolds. A grown man who hangs at a skateboard park, Wade Wilson is a former Special Forces operative whose watering hole is a dive called Sister Margaret's Home for Wayward Girls, where the guys are all former soldiers of fortune who never hit the jackpot and the gals look like Hooters rejects. Wade and a bitter hooker named Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) hit it off and get it on in a kinky montage that's more out-there than what most Hollywood-made R-rated stuff ever serves up.

It's right around here, and immediately afterward, when Wade is diagnosed as having late-stage cancer, that, ironically, the film really starts to click. When a doctor mentions the possibility of going to Chechnya for special treatment, Wade responds, “Isn't that where you go to get cancer?” and you finally begin to sense that there might be something to this verbal speed-freak character after all.

The positioning of the flashback seems simple but serves the movie extremely well, especially with the arrival of Ajax (Ed Skrein, deeply evil), a doctor and head of something called the WeaponX workshop, who takes Wade on as a reclamation project and turns him into a fighting machine who can never die. Ajax's sadism during the painful transformation process knows no bounds and, at the end of the ordeal, he takes particular pleasure in introducing Wade to his new face, which resembles ground beef (Vanessa's measured reaction to beholding it is, “It's a face … I'd be happy to sit on”).
 
Now a freak behind his mask and form-fitting outfit, Wade/Deadpool has it out for Ajax, but their ultimate face-off, previewed in the opening scene, must wait until after Deadpool teams up with two unlikely cohorts: the metallic giant Colossus, who does what he can to protect him, and a rebellious teen who can't possibly live up to her name, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). For his part, Ajax has his own one-woman hit squad in Angel Dust (mixed martial arts champ and Haywire star Gina Carano).

The final showdown is very small potatoes by Marvel standards and, of course, predictable, but compensates with humor, which is what floats the entire project. The script has the feel of something gone over again and again and yet again to double the number of jokes each time. The machine-gun approach doesn't always hit, but it does enough so that, in the end, the number of laughs is pretty high.
Beyond even what Robert Downey Jr. has done in the Iron Man series, Reynolds lets fly here in a manic, sly, self-conscious way that leaves you not quite knowing what hit you: the irreverence slides quickly into lewd comic territory; the inside jokes about Marvel in particular and pop culture in general come fast and furious; the fourth-wall breakage is disarming; and the actor's occasional fey, high-pitched voicings add yet another strange element. As in the presence of motor-mouthed comedians, you either sit there stone-faced or eventually capitulate to the cascade of weirdness and the fertility of wayward minds unleashed.

A longtime commercials and visual effects executive and creative director, Tim Miller hasn't so much directed his first feature as liberated much of what has been bubbling under the surface of superhero films for a long time; it answers a lot of the questions you were afraid to ask.
For the record, Deadpool features one of Stan Lee's best Marvel cameos — it's actually funny.

Investigators cited a law generally used to regulate alcohol and nudity at strip clubs, which are required to have dancers wear G-strings and pasties if the club serves liquor.
Utah alcohol bosses have filed a complaint and will consider revoking the liquor license of a movie theater it says violated a state obscenity law by serving drinks while screening Deadpool, which features simulated sex scenes.
The theater said the law is unconstitutional and has threatened to challenge it in court if the complaint isn't dropped.

Rocky Anderson, an attorney for Brewvies in Salt Lake City, said Monday the law violates free-speech rights and is so broadly written that even a movie featuring Michelangelo's nude sculpture "David" would be banned if alcohol were served at a screening.

Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control filed the complaint against Brewvies after three undercover state officers attended a screening of Deadpool in February.
Investigators cited a state obscenity law that is generally used to regulate alcohol and nudity at strip clubs, which are required to have dancers wear G-strings and pasties if the club serves liquor.
The law also bans the showing of any film with sex acts or simulated sex acts, full-frontal nudity or the "caressing" of breasts or buttocks. It only applies to businesses with liquor licenses, so most Utah movie theaters, which are alcohol-free, are not cited under the law.

Brewvies, which has been open since 1997, only allows people 21 and older to attend movies and serves food and liquor to customers.

The DABC has scheduled a meeting in May to discuss or possibly settle the complaint before further disciplinary action is taken.
The agency's Vickie Ashby had no comment Monday and said she could not speak to the next steps in the disciplinary process. She directed questions to the attorney general's office and State Bureau of Investigation, which ran the undercover investigation.

Dan Burton, a spokesman for the Utah attorney general's office, declined to comment. The State Bureau of Investigation looked into the matter after the DABC sent it a complaint, according to Marissa Villasenor, a spokeswoman for Utah's Department of Public Safety, which oversees the investigative bureau.
Anderson said he'll challenge the law in court unless the complaint is dropped and Utah stops enforcing the obscenity law. Anderson said his client should also be repaid for a $1,627 fine the theater paid five years ago when it was cited under the same law for showing The Hangover Part II.
Anderson, who provided a copy of the investigative report to The Associated Press, said the fact that the film can be shown at other theaters nearby makes it clear Utah officials are using liquor laws to limit First Amendment rights of free speech.

Anderson said the Utah law is similar to an Idaho measure that lawmakers repealed this year after a theater sued after its liquor license was threatened for showing Fifty Shades of Grey while serving alcohol.

 Deadpool is a master piece of film classics already and the show will continue since yesterday the final cut was finally done. Cannot wait for 2018.

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