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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Stephen Romei Matthew West­wood Ea­monn Kelly

(MA15+) “I’m just a bad guy who gets paid to f..k up even worse guys.’’ So says Wade Wil­son, aka Dead­pool (Cana­dian ac­tor Ryan Reynolds), the wise­crack­ing, foul-mouthed, meta-aware an­ti­hero of the Marvel Comics uni­verse. This new film is his ori­gin story. The fea­ture de­but of Os­carnom­i­nated an­i­ma­tor Tim Miller is slickly made, clever and hu­mor­ous, but it’s also ex­plic­itly, lin­ger­ingly vi­o­lent. Reynolds lets loose his comic side, which is con­sid­er­able. He’s an in­ter­est­ing ac­tor and this is his movie, which saves it, par­tic­u­larly as the story drags on. Marvel de­serves credit for tak­ing a risk with this one as it’s a de­par­ture from the fam­ily friendly ad­ven­tures of the X-Men and Avengers. How­ever, when it comes to smart-alec su­per­heroes, I con­fess to pre­fer­ring Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man or Hugh Jack­man’s Wolver­ine, who is the butt of jokes here. By the end of Dead­pool I was left with the feel­ing that it prob­a­bly was more fun to make than it was to watch.


Wyn­ton Marsalis and the SSO Amer­i­can jazz trum­peter Wyn­ton Marsalis fronts the Syd­ney Sym­phony Or­ches­tra and Jazz at Lin­coln Cen­tre Or­ches­tra in a con­cert of rag­time and big band mu­sic. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. Opens Wed­nes­day, 8pm. Tick­ets: $39-$124. In­quiries: (02) 8215 4600 or on­line. Un­til Fe­bru­ary 27. twit­ter­ing notes, like a flock of Vene­tian spar­rows. City Recital Hall, An­gel Place. Opens Wed­nes­day, 7pm. Tick­ets: $32-$173. Book­ings: (02) 9328 7581 or on­line. Un­til March 5. works’ sen­ti­ments well matched to the new li­bretto. Calvin Bow­man’s or­ches­tra­tion re­veals a clear eye for pe­riod de­tail. City Recital Hall. An­gel Place. Opens Mon­day, 7pm. Tick­ets: $30-$90. Book­ings: (02) 8256 2222 or on­line. Un­til Fe­bru­ary 27.

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