Deadpool, Fox’s R-rated movie which is based on the Marvel comicbook character, has been trending on the Internet ever since the movie was released earlier this week in Malaysia. The anti-hero is played by Ryan Reynolds.
Based on Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool is about the origins of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary, Wade Wilson. He adopts the alter ego Deadpool after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers.
Armed with new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Initially, there were concerns that the movie may be banned in Malaysia due to its violence, nudity, and graphic language. But in a surprising turn of events, Malaysia's Film Censorship Board (LPF) classified the movie as an "18+" film instead of completely banning it.
However, a movie-goer named Shan questioned if LPF was doing its job. Shan called for an immediate ban on the movie if the “F” bombs couldn’t be censored.
Shan’s opinion wasn’t welcomed with opened arms. If the film was already rated 18+, why mute the “F” word, condemned irked netizens.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, a movie categorised as “18" is meant for viewers aged 18 and above. The film may also contain non-excessive amounts of horror, gore, violence, and adult scenes. It may also require high-level understanding for its sensitive social, political and religious content.
Nonetheless, there were also many who agreed with Shan as they felt that the vulgarity and nudity was not necessary and could have been minimised
Some may not know this but Deadpool is notorious for his talkative nature and twisted sense of humour, thus earning the name "Merc with a Mouth"
Deadpool’s goal from it’s inception was to be true to the comic book character that inspired it, meaning that the movie was always going to be violent, and include more than it’s share of language and nudity.
Everybody involved has spoken at length about how making an R-rated film was important to character and how they were going to go all out to use the rating to the best of their ability.
Over the last few months, the team behind Deadpool has released a series of witty, unconventional marketing material, from collaborating with Manchester United, to applying a giant poo emoji on their billboard
It's really no surprise that films get banned in Malaysia every now and then. Speaking of banned movies, these award-winning films that were banned in Malaysian cinemas are a must-watch at least once in your lifetime!