Deadpool is back. No, this isn’t a sequel, it’s Deadpool 2 only it has been sanitized to the point that it is now PG-13 and there are new scenes with Deadpool and Fred Savage where they make fun of the movie. It’s like Mystery Science Theater 3000 if the bots only made 5 jokes per episode.
That’s not to say that Once Upon a Deadpool is a bad movie, far from it. Deadpool 2 is funny, but now it’s less so because, let’s be honest, a lot of Deadpool’s humor comes from very crude sources and, without the swear words and innuendo, it loses its teeth.
If there’s anything about this PG-13 cut that I find more humorous, it’s the highlighting of how American audiences, or at least the MPAA, looks down on sex and nudity but gives the most horrific acts of violence a pass. It’s like that old saying, you can stab her breasts in the movies, but don’t you dare kiss them!
The new scenes with Fred Savage were funny in the way that they dissected the plot and made fun of the movie’s shortcomings. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more of them and actually less of Deadpool 2‘s recut. It could not have been that expensive to film, so I’m not sure why there wasn’t more of it to give audiences more incentive to see this movie.
Ultimately, I can actually understand why they would want to test the waters with a PG-13 recut of Deadpool 2 because they want to see if the character would be accepted with a lighter rating since it’s looking more and more likely that he’s heading for the MCU, but, honestly, Once Upon a Deadpool feels unnecessary. It doesn’t change enough of the movie or add enough new scenes to become a unique experience. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed Deadpool 2, this is a regift of something I already owned.