1. FINALLY Ryan Reynolds can be a star. Deadpool showcases Reynolds’ best attributes: his comic delivery, his torso, and his ass. They’re not coy about it, either: the poster reads, “Smartass, Badass, Great Ass.” In some scenes he wears no pants. It’s rated R-16, go away, children.
2. It refers openly to the Green Lantern debacle.
3. It is a superhero movie that makes fun of superhero movies. The jokes fly so fast, we have to see the movie more than once to get everything. The credit sequence itself is hysterical.
4. It is horrifically violent, smutty, immature and hilarious—like our teenage comic book-reading selves.
5. Deadpool is obviously low-budget (for a superhero movie) so they can only afford two X-Men and the special effects look cheap, but they make up for it by being extra-nerdy. “The fourth wall just broke the fourth wall,” Deadpool notes, “so that’s like, sixteen walls.”
6. There are no amazing weapons of mass destruction or super-scary villains (Though Gina Carano as herself is not someone you want to cross), but there’s a ton of dick jokes. Final battle. They’re out of weapons. Lead villain Rejected Daario Naharis says, “Fine. Fists.”
“Sounds like your Saturday night,” Deadpool says. Again: Children, go away.
7. It is directed by Erlich from Silicon Valley (who also plays Deadpool’s best friend), and it shares that show’s combination of juvenile humor and intelligence. The action scenes are fairly straightforward and comprehensible.
8. There’s a post-credit sequence that makes fun of post-credit sequences.
9. You don’t have to have read a single Deadpool comic book to enjoy it.
10. Excellent use of cheesy pop ballads.