(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.