ByLiv Foley, writer at

(Some spoilers mentioned)

Deadpool is one of the most unique superhero movies ever made.

I've come up with 5 big reasons you should see it:

Ryan Reynolds making fun of himself

The Deadpool character is a former Special Forces operative who, after an experiment, possesses healing powers. True, that doesn’t sound much different from any other superhero origin story, but it’s the psychotic persona of Wade Wilson that sets him apart.

But Deadpool goes a step further than having Reynolds throw a fun line or two. To really portray the character correctly, it had to be brutal. And Reynolds obliged. He plays on his box-office bomb as Green Lantern in 2011, once being People’s Sexiest Man Alive, even taking jabs at his own acting talents.

Lots of pop-culture references

Don’t fret if you’re not up on your “Deadpool” comics knowledge. The movie is made for both the super-fan and the beginner, personally I knew nothing about it. One of the pleasures is taking in the references to pop culture that are filled throughout. From a Salt-N-Pepa song to Deadpool throwing out lines about Negasonic Teenage Warhead looking like Sinéad O’Connor.

One of the biggest threads through the movie is Deadpool’s love for the band Wham!, specifically the group's hit “Careless Whisper.”

Breaking the fourth wall

Most superhero movies are focused entirely on the action, but Deadpool is fully aware there’s an audience looking at him, and he can’t help but chat. This leads to some enormously entertaining moments, like explaining how he met his roommate, Blind Al, or giving us his backstory while being pummeled by Colossus.

Adult language (lots of it)

Most are used to watching Marvel movies with zero foul language, so watching one in which the F-word is blurted out in the first three minutes is a clear indication that this isn’t a Disney Marvel movie.

Some of the fun of Deadpool is that it goes against the behaviour and morals that we’ve come to know from a superhero. Even most villains won't cross a line. But Deadpool’s lack of conscience makes for a rawer story, and yes, colourful language.

Amazing opening credits

The credits that open Deadpool are the most original I’ve ever seen. They completely disband from anything conventional or traditional in the movie business. Instead of listing the names of the stars, producers, and director, the sequence puts up sarcastic one-liners like “produced by a--hats” and “directed by an overpaid tool.” You have to give points to Fox for going along with it.


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