On ‘Deadpool’ And The Secret Power Of The Sappy Love Ballad

02.18.16 3 years ago

Slight spoiler alert if you haven’t seen it, but…

In the final fight scene of Deadpool, when the titular hero (Ryan Reynolds) is doing battle with the main villain, a rather anti-climactic song begins playing — Chicago’s “You’re the Inspiration.” It was one of many subversive moments for a movie that set out to poke fun at typical superhero-film conventions, and yet, it also just kind of worked. As we watch Deadpool’s lover Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) look on while he fights, with the ultimate goal being to win her back, it’s kind of the perfect song — even though it’s also the last song in the world you’d expect to hear playing during such a violent scene. Your first reaction is to laugh, but after that, you can’t help but get a bit misty-eyed. When we consider that during another point in the movie, Deadpool proclaims his love for Wham!, and later, “Careless Whisper” plays over the closing credits, it feels like the people behind this movie are acutely aware of one of music’s best-kept secrets.

Sappy love songs are actually kind of awesome.

Think about it. Sure, in an ideal world, you’d only like the cool stuff, but deep down, there’s a few super-cheesy ballads that get you every time. Who hasn’t pined for someone they liked as more than a friend to REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” or struggled through a long-distance relationship with Journey’s “Faithfully” as the soundtrack. The reason why there is such an over-abundance of songs like this is because, well, these situations keep coming up in our own lives. So, naturally, our favorite artists would often be going through similar problems.

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