There are many reasons why Malaysians don’t trust nor like our own Censorship Board because they have a habit of censoring and removing the best parts from movies that are deemed to be too offensive for movie-goers, especially those who are not of age. More often than not, these could be the same reasons why we turn to the Internet to download our movies that are not tampered with.
Until I saw a post being circulated on Facebook of someone in Klang demanding to know why the Censorship Board allowed the movie ‘Deadpool’ to be shown without so much of a censor for all the vulgarities and crudeness shown in the movie from start to finish. He was appalled that a movie like this could seep through the Board’s fingers and be allowed on the big screens, and of course, the whole ‘think about the children‘ bit.
Honestly, children nowadays are far more versed in vulgarities than the children of before. They know far more than we do, and trust me, the ‘F’ word is nothing new to them. Heck, some of them are doing the ‘F’ thing at an even younger age than ever anyway! What’s new about it? The dude from Klang needs to get out more and get a life.
Anyway, I went to watch the movie ‘Deadpool’ on Monday, February 15 with my husband.
Needless to say, we were very entertained, more so than the disappointed movie-goer from Klang, and we left the cinema hall in tears. Tears of laughter, of course, what were you expecting? I will try my best not to spoil the movie for those who have yet to watch it.
Here goes nothing…
Ryan Reynolds is the smart-alec behind the mask in the movie, and he is (as IMDB says) “a former Special Forces operative-turned-mercenary who was ungallantly subjected to a rogue experiment that turned awry and left him with accelerated healing powers, which resulted in him adopting the alterego Deadpool.“
I’ve always thought Ryan Reynolds was quite charming and handsome. I have seen him in other movies, and I thought, yeah, in those other movies, he always had a special thing going on with being someone with a smart and cheeky mouth. He had mischievous thoughts and he was never afraid to show it or say it out loud to whoever cares to listen. Then, Tim Miller placed him in the shoes of someone who looked like he was supposed to die but instead, he rose from beneath the ashes (literally in the movie) and suddenly became a somewhat vigilante superhero. Oh, Deadpool wouldn’t want to be caught being called a superhero though. But to those he helped or saved (even if it was in his own terms), he was a hero in their eyes.
First things first, though. I don’t approve of children mouthing off to others, especially their elders or someone with authority, or anyone for that matter. I don’t appreciate conversations that are peppered and littered with the ‘F’ word in each and every one of their sentences. It’s like talking to someone who has no control on his or her anger issues. It’s hard to participate in a conversation like that.
But the way Reynolds did it in the movie, wow, even I was blown away. To make a movie of almost two hours, mouthing off and hurling abuse at your comrades or enemies, seems like quite a chore and especially if it’s not who you are but you have to act like that. I wonder how many scenes he had to do before he got it right.
For a split second there, I might have agreed with the dude from Klang, that the movie now serves as a green light that allows people to talk like that from now on. Of course, we are adults and we should know how to behave in public. Make no mistake, however, Reynolds did his best to bring out the true character of Deadpool. Apparently he was as vulgar in the movie as he is in the comics! So it isn’t a rotten ingredient that Hollywood decided to sprinkle on the movie.
It was a good movie, despite everything. It left us in stitches, yet somehow, these are the bits that make the movie a memorable one.
To each his own, I’ll say, and I hope the dude from Klang will finally find a movie that he can relate with. Oh, and I hope that he will learn to read the warning notices left by the cinemas at the ticket counters on what movies can and cannot be watched by minors. They always were one step ahead of us, and it is our civic duty to make sure we are kept up to date on matters like this.
I’m glad the Malaysian Censorship Board let this one pass on good terms.