In less than week, Deadpool is finally coming out. Many fans and curious movie-goers have been waiting for this film, though we won’t know how truly successful it will be until its opening weekend. We’ve heard a lot about how this will finally be the Deadpool movie for which fans (and Ryan Reynolds) have been clamoring, and we’ve seen several red-band and green-band trailers (and trailers for trailers). So what can we expect? And why is it being released on Valentine’s Day weekend of all times?
Deadpool is rated R, so we already know something of what to expect. There will be boatloads of swearing, probably a fairly explicit sex scene or two, and lots of gore. After all, this is the Merc with a Mouth we’re talking about, and he’ll be wielding two katanas and some major firepower. But besides this, we’re going to get an origin story (funnily enough, it won’t be called X-Men Origins: Deadpool).
We get to see Morena Baccarin, every Firefly fan’s favorite feisty Companion, play the part of Copycat, Wade Wilson/Deadpool’s girlfriend. We’ll see a ragtag team of Deadpool’s friends: Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Weasel (T.J. Miller), and more. And we already know that there will be lots of show-stopping action and action-stopping side-quips. Prepare for your fourth wall to be well and truly shattered, along with, hopefully, your expectations.
Granted, this is not a movie that you’ll want to take small children to (read: Rated R), and, depending on your views and morals, not even your under-seventeen teenagers. It will certainly surprise me if there is anything close to Christian ideology in it. Somehow, Deadpool has managed to cling on as a fan-favorite, weird antihero who doesn’t pull any punches, both literally and figuratively. Some fans like him for how well he deals with life’s pain. Others like him for his occasional displays of heart-wrenching humanity and kindness that make you question what is actually going on in that insane mind of his. And then you wonder how far he will go, wit and weapons aside, to protect those he loves. Which brings me to…
Deadpool on Valentine’s Day Weekend?
Most people certainly wouldn’t expect a superhero movie to come out around the time of National Date Day. Certainly not a superhero movie that’s going to drive even Guardians of the Galaxy into the dirt in terms of sheer ridiculous hilarity. Valentine’s Day movies are usually more Nicholas Sparks-like. Last year, we saw the controversial release of Fifty Shades of Grey, the world’s most popular BDSM film, and people flocked to the theaters to see it. Maybe this year, people will be going to the theaters not to see an unconventional movie about sex (often confused with the word “love”), but an unconventional movie about a dramatically-changed man trying to do right–or his version of right–by the few people he actually cares about.
Several Deadpool fans have even made “Valentine’s Day” trailers for the upcoming film, editing and modifying existing footage and putting in different music to give it a “love story” vibe. Here’s one you can watch, though be warned, it does have some inappropriate content.
One way or another, the Deadpool movie has already drummed up lots of support. Many fans have not-so-subtly mocked traditional conventions of Valentine’s Day by claiming that they’re going to see the blood-soaked, gun-filled, profanity-laden Deadpool instead of going somewhere romantic with a significant other.
It seems that “unconventional” is the new cup of tea for many Americans. Maybe we get tired of seeing the same love story plot played out over and over, so we look for something different. We certainly got that last year, in the form of explicitness and what basically counts as an abusive relationship story. This year, we’re getting something just as unconventional, but somehow on the opposite side of the spectrum: a superhero/antihero with dark wit to match his craziness who will stop at nothing, not even an empty clip, raunchy humor, or intense blood and gore, to fight for someone he loves.
So whether or not you go to see it this coming weekend, prepare to watch as your favorite social media sites get plastered in all things Deadpool. Hopefully your Valentine’s Day isn’t as odd as this movie will likely turn out to be, and, hopefully, there will be some good chocolate involved.
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