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Once Upon a Deadpool Movie Review

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Fox re-released Deadpool 2 as Once Upon a Deadpool for some reason or another (some say cash, others say to get past Chinese censors, others say Ryan Reynolds and Fred Savage were getting drunk one night and decided to film a couple extra scenes), and while I wasn't dumb enough to watch it in theaters, I was still dumb enough to request a review copy of the movie to watch at home.

While the addition of Fred Savage--who Deadpool kidnaps and duct tapes to a bed in an effort to rekindle nostalgia for The Princess Bride--is a nice touch, the PG-13-edited version of the film is in every way a less entertaining version of Deadpool 2, its sharpest moments muted, its cadence chopped up to add a few extra scenes that really aren't worth it.

So instead of wasting any more words, here is my original review of Deadpool 2. You know, the R-rated version:

Unlike the first Deadpool, its sequel is a somber affair, shedding the humor for deep introspection and riveting character development. Of course, you know I’m fucking kidding: Deadpool 2 is more of the same, and if you’re a fan of the original, you’ll probably enjoy it nearly as much.

Ryan Reynolds returns as the snarky, foulmouthed anti-hero, who this time forms the X-Force (or some weird, bizarro-world version of the X-Force) to counter the arrival of the time-traveling vigilante Cable (Josh Brolin, playing his second major Marvel character in as many months) in an effort to save a teenage mutant (Julian Dennison, Hunt for the Wilderpeople), who is on the verge of becoming a supervillain.

T.J. Miller is back again, too, and oddly the filmmakers didn’t slip in a last-minute dig at the much maligned actor.

Deadpool 2 strains for good jokes a little more than its predecessor, unsurprising given how much Deadpool managed to catch lightning in a bottle, finding that perfect balance of outrageous humor and legitimate action. That’s a hard balance to maintain, but Deadpool 2 largely pulls it off—albeit with a few more tedious stretches where you can tell Reynolds is straining to evoke laughter.

Still, the movie has plenty of laugh-out-loud scenes and off-the-wall antics that work more often than not, and features some decent action sequences as well. Introducing the humorless Cable into the mix was a risky move, but Brolin serves as a good straight man to Reynold’s shtick.

The two post-credit scenes are well worth the wait as well (note, there is no final post-credits scene, although there are some humorous musical numbers).

Deadpool 2 isn’t as good as the original, but it’s still highly entertaining, funny and well worth the price of admission.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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