I adore Deadpool, have done since Ryan Reynolds put on the red suit and took the piss out of Hugh Jackman on the motorway.
I also adore The Princess Bride, and I’ve loved that film/book since I was a child. I can’t even remember a time when I didn’t adore The Princess Bride, it’s been in my life for that long.
So, when I heard that Deadpool was going to kidnap Fred Savage, aka the little boy being read the story of The Princess Bride, to tell him the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2, I raced to the cinema.
I’m not going to lie, I had some reservations going into this. I’m a big fan of both movies, and I had no idea how they were going to work together. Especially if Deadpool was going to end up sanitised for younger audiences – Deadpool is Deadpool because of his rated R antics. Was Deadpool still going to be Deadpool without the swearing, the near the mark sex jokes, and the all-out violence of the previous movies?
I needn’t have worried. Once Upon A Deadpool is still hilarious, Deadpool’s outrageous antics are still front and centre, and, while sanitised, it doesn’t try to change just who Deadpool is. It honours who he is, and honours the original Deadpool 2, without completely wrecking everything fans love.
Sure, there are several changes – the blood spatter is gone, and quite a few jokes have been changed for younger audiences. For example, instead of finding bags of cocaine in Blind Al’s flat, Deadpool finds bags marked ‘sugar.’ The ‘F’ bomb drops have been bleeped out (to hilarious effect in a few places), and a lot of direct kill shots are taken out.
And yet, it still felt like Deadpool was still Deadpool. He was the same Merc With A Mouth, in horrendous pain due to the loss of his girlfriend Vanessa, trying to save Russell from himself, and Cable.
So, how does The Princess Bride fit in?
Simply, the now-grown-up Fred Savage is there to provide sass and commentary on the story Deadpool is telling him, just like he does in the original Princess Bride film. He rips into the ‘lazy writing’ of the original, cries at the sad moments, and refuses to protest to the kissing bits, because he’s a fully grown adult now, not the innocent child he was all those years ago.
And, somehow, it works perfectly. Fred Savage did a fantastic job in this film, providing so many brilliant one-liners, and sparked off Ryan Renaulds’ Wade Wilson fantastically. I laughed out loud so many times, got horrendously excited at certain quotes – ‘As You Wish’ will always make my knees weak – and adored the attention to detail to the set. The production company should be incredibly proud of themselves for perfectly recreating that famous bedroom.
Was there anything I was disappointed in?
Well, obviously, I will always prefer the full, R-Rated Deadpool, but I still enjoyed every second of this film. It was still Deadpool, just a bit more distilled for younger audiences.
It felt a little like there was something missing, but it still thoroughly enjoyable, and brilliantly done.
And, okay, if I’m completely honest, I was rather disappointed that Wade never spoke the famous line from Inigo Montoya. He had the perfect chance to say it, and so did Cable for that matter, and it didn’t happen. It wasn’t even said during any moment with Fred Savage. It was my fault for getting my hopes up for him to say it, I was so sure that he would say that famous line, but, alas, he didn’t.
Though, I can’t really complain, Wade did say ‘As You Wish’ and ‘Inconceivable,’ which was more than enough for me.
Anything else I want to mention?
Stay until the VERY end, there’s an extra end credit scene and an incredibly emotional tribute to Stan Lee. I won’t say anything else, for those who want to see it themselves, but put it this way, it was a beautiful tribute, involving some of Stan Lee’s most famous quotes, and it hit me incredibly hard, harder than I was expecting it to. So, it may be an idea to bring tissues, just in case.
Overall though, I loved Once Upon A Deadpool, it was funny, fast-paced, and full of heart, just like the original Deadpool 2. It felt slightly off, due to the reduced age rating, but it was still very much a Deadpool film. I wished for more Princess Bride references, but that’s just personal preference, as a massive Princess Bride fan.
Other than that, I would highly recommend this film, it’s a fantastic watch, and definitely something the family can watch together. Or at least, a film the parents can watch with their teenagers, I’d probably keep young children away for a while longer, just in case. It IS still Deadpool after all…
So, NaNoWriMo absolutely exhausted me, hence why there’s been a lack of blog posts recently. But, I want to get back into it, so I thought I’d do a Top 5 Wednesday, and have a bit of a chat about my most wanted books on my wishlist!
- The Steel Prince, Volume 1 – V E Schwab. I’m a massive Schwab fan, especially of her Darker Shade Of Magic series. I’m also a massive fan of comic books. So, when I heard that the three were combining into a prequel series about King Maresh, I was immediately desperate for it. Sadly, I have no comic book store near me, and I’m absolutely paranoid about missing individual issues, so I decided to wait until the bind up came out. Though, this now does mean that I have to wait another three months until I read this book, which is a torturous wait, to say the least. But, it’ll be worth the wait, I know it will be. Schwab has never let me down, and this will be the perfect way to kick start my reread of the entire Darker Shade Of Magic series in anticipation of the release of Threads Of Power.
- Jane Steele – Lyndsay Faye. I’m not going to lie, I am not a fan of Jane Eyre. I hate books romance books, especially Victorian romance, it bores me to tears. But then I heard about this. A Jane Eyre retelling where Jane has a trail of bodies behind her. Not only that, but so does Mr Thornfield. So, while this is still a romance, I’m incredibly interested in this book. I’m a sucker for murderous, morally grey characters, and this sounds the perfect place to find them!
- Heart Of Iron – Ashley Poston. This has been on my wishlist for I don’t know how long at this point, I feel like it’s been there since I started my Goodreads account. And yet, I have never seen it in any bookstore I’ve walked into. Ever. Honestly, it has never been in any bookstore I’ve walked into since it’s release. I half doubted it’s existence, which has only made me want it more. I’m desperate to get more into sci-fi books, and this one has a semi-pirate-esque feel to it. To say that I’m interested in it is an understatement!
- Seafire – Natalie C Parker. Speaking of pirates, this book is all about pirates. Female pirates. Wanting revenge on the man who wronged them. What could possibly be more perfect for me to read?! It sounds amazing and right up my alley – and like the perfect book to fill the Jessica Jones sized hole in my heart. This is another I haven’t ever seen in stores, but I am praying that someone buys it for me for Christmas, I haven’t been this desperate to read a book since The Beast’s Heart!
- X-Men Legacy: Legion, Volume 2, Invasive Exotics – Spurrier, Huat and Davidson. What can I say? I’m X-Men trash, as well as Legion trash. Ever since I watched season 1 of the Legion TV show, I’ve been hooked, and when I read volume 1 of this series, I was enthralled by it. I adored seeing this other side of Legion – the real Legion who may just be rising in the next season of the TV series. From the troll-doll hair to the sarcasm, to the all-out insanity of the comics, I adore his character. I’m desperate to know more, to know how things are changing for David, how he’s learning to control his powers, and how he deals with a world which grossly misunderstands him. I really want this comic, and as soon as possible, it’s fascinating and keeps me going while I wait for Dan Steven’s to step back into David Haller’s shoes again.
This isn’t my complete list, but these are just a few of my top priority books. I have so many at this point and keep on adding more as the weeks go by.
What’s on your to buy list? Got anything similar to me? Tell me down in the comments!