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Di­rec­tor: Tim Miller ( fea­ture de­but) Star­ring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Bac­carin, Ed Skrein, Gina Carno, T. J. Miller Ver­dict: When looks aren’t ev­ery­thing, you can get away with any­thing

MARVEL su­per­hero movies have be­come a bit too com­fort­able – per­haps even play- safe – for their own good in re­cent times.

So here comes Dead­pool to change all that in sec­onds flat.

“I may be su­per, but I’m no hero,” de­clares the ti­tle char­ac­ter. He is not ly­ing.

While Dead­pool is very much a Marvel movie, at all times it re­mains leaner, meaner and a darn sight un­cleaner than we have come to ex­pect.

And it is funny. Very, very funny. Much mirth­ful mud is blasted at the screen from close range. Al­most all of it sticks.

Par­tic­u­larly if your sense of hu­mour can race at the same rapid- fire rate with which star Ryan Reynolds rips through his reper­toire of fourth- wall- oblit­er­at­ing gags.

Even the open­ing cred­its play the same gar­ru­lous game to win­ning ef­fect. Reynolds’ co- stars are re­ferred to only as “a Bri­tish vil­lain”, “a CGI char­ac­ter”, “a moody teen” and “a gra­tu­itous cameo”. Be­hind the cam­era, Dead­pool is “di­rected by an over­paid tool”.

Lodged be­tween all the boom­boom and bada- bing is a bare- bones ori­gin story, which swiftly re­lo­cates Dead­pool to his right­ful naughty­corner of the Marvel uni­verse.

( Those with long mem­o­ries might re­mem­ber he was last seen de­cap­i­tated and dis­ap­pear­ing down the chim­ney of a nu­clear re­ac­tor in 2009’ s X- Men Ori­gins: Wolver­ine).

Be­fore he was fully suited and masked as a wise­crack­ing waster of bad dudes, Dead­pool was once Wade Wil­son, a hunky en­forcer- for- hire who’d rough up any­one if the price was right.

How­ever, soft­ened by meet­ing the woman of his dreams ( Morena Bac­carin), and then dev­as­tated by a di­ag­no­sis of ter­mi­nal can­cer, Wade made a deal with that afore­men­tioned “Bri­tish vil­lain” ( Ed Skrein) that both saved and ru­ined his life.

Trans­formed by botched break­through surgery into a hideously dis­fig­ured mu­tant freak, Wade dis­ap­pears in­side an an­ar­chic al­ter ego he calls Dead­pool.

To cut a short story even shorter, Dead­pool wants re­venge on ev­ery­one re­spon­si­ble for the loss of his good looks, and he wants to get back in the good books of his lost love.

Though the ac­tion se­quences are vi­o­lent to the ex­treme – Dead­pool’s abil­ity to re­pair griev­ous wounds and re­gen­er­ate en­tire limbs merely mul­ti­ply the pos­si­bil­i­ties to both ap­pall and ex­cite – the may­hem is so car­toon­ishly chore­ographed that re­sis­tance is im­pos­si­ble.

With so much highly- strung hi­lar­ity and ir­ra­tional en­ergy crammed into ev­ery frame, Dead­pool makes a ma­jor splash by putting its money where its ( mo­tor) mouth is, and al­ways pay­ing its way.

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