But it’s disrespectful in equal measure to everyone and everything (including itself) – it’s democratic, in that respect, and strangely principled therefore. It’s a very, very good film.
The protagonist has cancer. In desperation, he goes to a backstreet scientist to get his mutant gene triggered: that gene will end his cancer and turn him into some sort of monstrous super-soldier. It becomes clear that the scientist’s only interest is to ‘break’ Deadpool and turn him into a super-slave. Deadpool escapes and then swears to have his revenge on the scientist, who has mutilated him/turned him into some sort of Frankenstein.
That’s the plot. And it’s no more or less of a plot than any Hollywood/superhero movie. But this film is self-conscious about it. It’s intelligent about it. It’s knowing and offers something new. It’s satire. It’s MORE sophisticated than many a Hollywood movie, therefore. It also proves that America is finally getting to grips with irony… and non-binary gender politics.
Of course it’s far from a perfect movie. But it does its best and it would seem churlish to ask for more. And it’s particularly humorous. It’s an extremely credible 8.5 out of 10 from me. Good job.