First off, I have never been a big fan of Ryan Reynolds. He is an actor who exists mainly to satiate the fantasies of lustful women, what with his checkerboard abs, perfectly white smile, and those all-seeing eyes.
What I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt though, is that Deadpool lived up to the hype, in absolutely every way, shape, and form.
The movie begins in a slow motion action seen, as our "hero" is fighting off the "bad guys" in an SUV in middle of a spectacular barrel roll while classical music can be heard in the background.
The first third of the movie focuses on Deadpool's origin story and Wade Wilson, the man behind the mask. The story does just back and forth quite a bit during this time period, but it is seamless because the action, style, and humor remains consistent.
The whole film is rampant with hysterical dialogue and crude humor.The comic book character Deadpool is known not to have any filter on his words (which is both his greatest flaw and and his highest praise). Ryan Reynolds embodies this character with such brillance. I never took my eyes off him, every word that came out of his mouth was pure gold. Many many tears were shed at the theatre that night.
Another high point of the film is the stylized action violence reminiscent of renowned director Quentin Tarantino, although perhaps it may even exceed it. Because of his abnormal healing abilities, Deadpool fights very recklessly and without care or concern. Even while bullets pierce through him he can still be heard cracking a joke.
After watching the movie premier, I find it hard to envision the movie as rated anything less a 15. It would be impossible to make it into the success that is was without it. With that being said, it wasn't the first "hero" movie to see a rating like that. Before Deadpool there was the Blade trilogy, The Punisher, The Watchmen, and Dredd. all of which (with the exception of the Blade trilogy) I have seen, and they fall short of the standard that Deadpool has set.
Violence and humor aside, Deadpool also has a fairly decent storyline. He has set out to find and defeat the man/organisation that made him into what he was, and to save his ex-girlfriend. He finds himself conflicted when he encounters the X-men, debating his preferred methods,Viewers see an ever so slight glimmer of hope in his character, and that perhaps he truly is a "hero" (only to have the idea shot down by Deapool as he shoots down his enemies).
Deapool was my favorite movie in a long time, and I look forward to the sequel. Expect to see another film review for Batman vs. Superman in the near future (although the movie I anticipate the most is the new confirmed Bourne film with Matt Damon).