‘Merc with a Mouth’ shows great promise

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Alyson Riley, Staff Writer

Let’s face it: Valentine’s Day is beyond exhausting. Especially if you’re a teenager in the 21st century, it’s hard not to feel the stigma that so often comes with being singlebegrudgingly or noton the most “romantic” day of the year. Everywhere you look, you’re bombarded with the classic pink and red decorations, media-endorsed PDA, and promises for simple cures to your unfairly-assumed loneliness. Even cinemas adhere to the Valentine’s Day norm, often releasing an obscene amount of cheesy, conventional romance movies targeted at well-settled couples looking for a night out and inadvertently shooing away anyone who will be facing the holiday solo. To be frank, it’s high time we had a Valentine’s Day film released for those of us who are tired of being belittled for being unattached!

As luck would have it, one of the most anticipated movies of this year’s season of love, ironically enough, is Deadpool, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) new action comedy following a mercenary of the same name who, upon being given powers of invincibility after being subjected to an illegalnot to mention brutalexperiment, decides to hunt down the man who nearly killed him. The film, directed by Tim Miller and starring Ryan Reynolds as the title character, will serve as the eighth installment of the X-Men franchise, as well as MCU’s first R-rated feature.

Deadpool has been in development since 2004, but it wasn’t heavily considered until 2009, upon the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which featured Wade Wilson (Deadpool’s alter ego) as a minor character (and later, quasi-villain.)

Though the film was generally well-received, Wade’s characterization warranted heavy criticism from viewers. This resulted in the upcoming film’s producers’ deciding to create a film that focused more on the vulgar, licentious Wade Wilson featured in the comics (hence the R-rating!), which enticed keen interest from the prior film’s critics. Marvel fans everywhere have shown particular enthusiasm toward the prospect of a “real” movie about the beloved merc with a mouth.

Critical and viewer reception has been more than approving as well, awarding the film an 81% positivity rate on Rotten Tomatoes and rave reviews from audiences in regions where the film has already been released.

Because MCU is known for its large and dedicated fanbase, the film, which premieres in the U.S. on Friday, shows promise to be a box-office smashfor couples and loners alikeand if the reviews hold true (as I expect they will), this movie is going to be a great one.

So, if you’re looking for a break from the brutality of commercialized passion, grab some popcorn and a few buddies and enjoy a night out to the theater for some R-rated fun, free at last from the shame of not having a Valentine (trust me: Deadpool approves.)