Canadians have to stick together. This is the only logical reason for legendary singer Céline Dion performing a new song for the soundtrack to Deadpool 2 and appearing on stage with the Merc with the Mouth as he shows off his dance moves in a music video for "Ashes." Then again, since when has logic had anything to do with Deadpool and vice versa?
In truth, the new music video is most likely a throwback to an old Hollywood marketing tradition that has fallen out of favor in these days when the the Marvel Cinematic Universe rules the roost. There once was a time when every new superhero movie had at least one single attached to a hot music star on its soundtrack and a music video that featured said star pouring their heart out while showing scenes from the movie that often had little relation to the song. This led to the creation of such classics as the music videos for U2's Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me, Seal's Kiss From A Rose and Smashing Pumpkins' The End Is The Beginning Is The End. In recent memory, though, Suicide Squad did this with Twenty One Pilots and other songs of its soundtrack.
Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool 2 studio 20th Century Fox premiered the new video, which can be viewed above. The video depicts Céline Dion on stage singing with a concert pianist and string sextet, intercut with scenes from Deadpool 2. Deadpool then joins Celine on stage, dancing around her in high heels.
Thankfully, while the idea of such a famous adult contemporary star lending her voice to a song for an action/superhero movie soundtrack may seem incongruous, the new single "Ashes" seems far more appropriate to its subject matter than is first apparent. The song speaks of one who has given up praying and talking, "watching all these dreams go up in smoke." This could be dramatic irony given that Wade Wilson became Deadpool after undergoing a literal trial by fire in a burning laboratory, leaving him wondering, like Dion in the song, "Can beauty come out of ashes?"
In the case of Deadpool, the answer is a resounding "yes!" Dion's performance is fantastic and the video represents another creative triumph for the geniuses handling the Deadpool 2 marketing. This is easily the greatest music-related thing involving Deadpool since the fan-made Deadpool musical parody of Beauty and the Beast. It's probably too much to hope that we'll see a musical number when Deadpool 2 comes out later this month, but fans can dream.
Source: 20th Century Fox
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