I have been waiting impatiently for the release of Deadpool and was set to see it first thing Friday, February 12. But Mr. Murphy, of Murphy’s Law (the saying, not the TV show) had other plans for me. I got sick on Thursday and I’m still fighting it. But I dragged myself out of the house on Tuesday the 16th to finally see the Merch with a Mouth.
I write a series of books where the main character (well, the one who talks anyways) speaks sarcasm fluently, so anything with a lot of snark is right up my alley. The film did not disappoint and after seeing it I have dubbed it “The Greatest Romance Film Of All Time”.
Yes, a romance film. While that my seem bass-ackwards to those who are only vaguely familiar with the movie, let me make my point – without spoilers of course, every point that seems spoilery has been seen in the trailers.
Love At First Sight/Snark
When the couple first meets there is an instant attraction and they verbally have a “who had it worse as a child” sparring match. This is a standard plot device of any romantic film. It doesn’t matter that the guy is a merchant for hire who kills people and the gal is a woman who sells her body, they are people and they form a relationship.
The relationship is committed. He supports her and she supports him. They compliment each other. They both have respect for one another. Yes there is a great montage of sex scenes but people in committed relationships have sex. Sex is a great thing in a committed relationship.
I took my 16-year old son to see this picture and we had a wonderful discussion on love and relationships. I know the kid watches porn on his phone, I’ve seen it. But instead of chastising him I used it as an opportunity for open discussion. Porn is unrealistic, even the people in the industry know that. Kids today with their abstinence-only sex education have legitimate questions about sex and relationships that no one will answer. They want to be educated but the American culture has such a hard time with discussing sex that we give them tons of violence instead. It’s stupid.
Also, my son is autistic and everything has to be explained very bluntly because he doesn’t get subtlety. Much like Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy.
The guy is diagnosed with cancer – everywhere. It’s terminal. He wants to leave so she doesn’t have to watch him die. She is tough, she won’t let go. She looks at all options, all remedies. She never once considers leaving him alone with such a huge emotional bag to carry.
So the guy gets his special “treatment” and the side effects result in the “one avocado having sex with a slightly older avocado” condition of his looks. He loses faith in himself. He thinks he can never go back to her because of his looks. It is a shallow and simplistic assumption. He completely underestimates the love his woman has for him. He falters, badly, with deadly consequences.
It’s very much like a rom-com but with lots of gratuitous violence and an awesome, explosive ending.
As a female movie-goer who loves action movies this film is to be applauded for it’s depiction of the main female characters. All of them were treated with respect, given meaningful roles, and they all kicked major ass. There is a female villain that holds her own with the giant silver guy and their fight is awesome.
As a movie buff, the opening credit sequence was the best I have ever seen with a major shout-out to the writers who are the most overlooked professionals in this business. Writers are the tortured souls of film, giving their carefully prepared works to studio executives who then tear through the thoughts and words like Vikings through an English village.
[POST SCRIPT: Regarding the horrific reaction to male genitalia being seen on the screen, it’s completely overblown. The guy is fighting naked, his penis is going to be seen however briefly. That is what happens when you fight without clothing, people. Hate to scare you, but we are all naked under our clothing.]