ONCE UPON A DEAD­POOL (M) Mak­ing a splash with­out leav­ing a stain, US, 119 min

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That red-suited mo­tor-mouth Dead­pool (played by Ryan Reynolds) can seem­ingly get away with any­thing. Test­ing that no­tion to the limit is this sur­prise play at the fam­i­lyfriendly mar­ket (es­sen­tially a se­lec­tive re-edit of the mid-year box-of­fice hit Dead­pool 2). No F-bombs are det­o­nated, and the cam­era pulls away be­fore limbs are sev­ered or blood starts flow­ing. To plug some size­able gaps, a framing de­vice is bor­rowed from the clas­sic 1987 all-ages movie The Princess Bride. As in that much-loved af­fair, Dead­pool’s an­ar­chic ad­ven­tures are now re­layed as a cosy bed­time story to a not-so-en­thu­si­as­tic Fred Sav­age (who played the same role as a child in The Princess Bride). It will be in­ter­est­ing to see if this finds wide­spread favour with the fran­chise’s ex­ist­ing fan­base, as only 20 min­utes of new scenes can be found within the two-hour run­ning time. How­ever, for younger view­ers pre­vi­ously un­able to ex­pe­ri­ence Dead­pool’s sur­real brand of may­hem on the big screen, this is one bed­time story worth hear­ing the whole way through.

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