Once Upon a Deadpool is exactly as advertised: it is a PG-13 version of Deadpool 2. This time around fans are gifted with a chance to watch the recent movie about the ‘Merc with a mouth’ through the lens of child-like wonder with a special guest/hostage, Fred Savage.
In the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2, we have Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) narrating the tale from Deadpool 2 to the kidnapped Savage in a bedroom that is a replica of the one from The Princess Bride. These scenes between Deadpool and Savage are absolutely delightful and make the experience of re-watching of Deadpool 2 totally worth it.
The one glaring issue of Once Upon A Deadpool is that it proves that Deadpool simply belongs in an R-Rated movie, or at least within a movie with some moral flexibility. While the comedy comes out unscathed, the action is not as engaging with the lack of blood and the million cutaways. Wade Wilson was a deadly contract killer and mercenary before his very violent transformation to Deadpool, so there is no real way around the inherent violence of the character – especially, a character whose primary weapons are his guns and katanas. Deadpool just doesn’t click when he is sanitized.
Depending on the success of Once Upon A Deadpool this could be the perfect opening for more specials with Deadpool. Perhaps, Disney should consider creating a space for the Deadpool brand to thrive, because he has proven to be adaptable and there is a demographic of fans that want more adult superhero films.
Since Once Upon A Deadpool is a rehash of Deadpool 2 venture over to read our very own Britany Murphy’s review of the R-Rated version of the film here.
Once Upon A Deadpool hits theatres for one day only on December 12! Deadpool 2 is available now on digital and home video here.