Céline Dion has never been chosen to sing the theme song to a James Bond movie, but she gets as close as she ever might to singing a Bond song with “Ashes,” her latest power ballad featured over the opening credits of Deadpool 2.
Céline Marie Claudette Dion, first of her name, of Charlemagne, Que., has previously lent her iconic pipes to songs off the soundtracks of classic films like Beauty and the Beast (it’s the titular song!) and Titanic (“My Heart Will Go On”) to great effect: the tracks both won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1991 and 1997. And even when the films haven’t been great (Up Close and Personal, 1996), the songs have been hits for Dion (“Because You Loved Me,” also an Oscar nominee). That’s her power (of love).
So, yes, that Céline. And, yes, that Deadpool.
It’s all downhill from the credits, though. Not because the movie doesn’t make good on a promise to do exactly what it sets out to, but because it does exactly and only that. Deadpool 2 is an entirely predictable affair that, at 120 minutes, spoils itself.
(But also, how do you top Céline?)
We find the antihero (Ryan Reynolds, in a role that fits him as well as the tight red and black suit does) on a worldwide tour of sorts. Since his last foray onto the big screen, Deadpool, whose superpowers are regeneration and sarcasm, has become a hitman, and an efficient one at that. Seriously, the body count in this movie must be some sort of record. There’s even a montage of Mr. Pool on an international killing spree set to Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.” But when tragedy strikes, he’s invited to be an X-Men trainee, but their motto — bringing people to justice without killing them — doesn’t really mesh well with Deadpool. Though he is not an Avenger, his modus operandi has always been avenging.
The problem with Deadpool 2 is that it thinks it’s a send-up of more popular and polished superhero movies like Avengers, when in fact it is a symptom of them. At times, it even exhibits signs of the generic superhero flick it pretends to mock: the line “kids give us a chance to be better than we used to be” is uttered without irony twice in the movie. Even the premise has been done several times before. A ragtag …read more