Ant-Man

REVIEW: Ant-Man (2015)

I didn’t write a review for Ant-Man when it was first released but it did make my Top Ten Films of 2015.

Recently released from prison, former-thief Scot Lang (Paul Rudd) wants to go straight so he can see his daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) but those plans go awry when he meets Dr. Hany Pym (Michael Douglas) who needs Scott to pull off a heist to stop scientist Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) from endangering the world.

Ant-Man is a great heist film. It follows a lot of the usual tropes seen in heist stories, training montage, a crew, plans going wrong, but it also has a super-suit that can shrink the wearer and give them a disproportionate amount of strength compared to their size. The special effects and sequences when Scott is the size of an insect are innovative and a lot of fun. The scenes where Scott’s going from big to small in a blink of an eye while fighting bad guys are well-shot and exciting.

While Ant-Man’s villain isn’t particularly menacing nor memorable, it’s nice to have a superhero film where the story is on the smaller scale and the climax of the film isn’t a potential world-ending catastrophe. At this films core are a group of characters who are trying to do the right thing, even if a lot of them are former criminals.

Speaking of former-criminals Luis played by Michael Peña is a great character. His stories are hilarious and every time he’s on screen he steals the spotlight because you can’t help but smile at his antics and mannerisms. Scott’s other friends are computer-hacker Kurt (David Dastmalchian) and wheelman Dave (T.I.) while these two have less to do than Luis, they still get their odd moments and are both fun characters.

A core theme of Ant-Man is the relationship between fathers and daughters. There’s Scott wanting to be the hero his young daughter Cassie already sees in him, and there’s Hank and his strained relationship with his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly). How Hank and Hope’s relationship evolves over the course of the film is great because they are forced to begin to understand one another.

Ant-Man is a funny, clever heist film with superhero elements. Scott’s a great down to earth lead and the way the story uses a miniaturised hero and a lot of ants makes for a very enjoyable film. 4/5.

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My Top Ten Favourite Films of 2015

It’s the end of the year so that means it’s time for best-of lists! So if you haven’t spotted my top ten list on HeyUGuys Movie Bloggers Top Ten – a list you should check out because it’s interesting to see what a load of different bloggers love – here is my top ten and my thoughts on each film. Now please note, all of these are UK cinema releases because as you’ll notice, one of these films came out two years ago in America.

10. Dope
I watched Dope on a plane and it was great. It made me laugh and think and I really enjoyed all the characters and their chemistry. It’s a small film that definitely deserves a lot of love.

9. Spy
Spy is a film I missed at the cinema but then I caught it on a plane and I wish I’d seen it at the cinema! It was surprising, funny and often kind of ridiculous but it really was so much fun. Jason Statham neds to do more comedy films.

8. Straight Outta Compton
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed Straight Outta Compton. It was about a time in recent history and a band that I knew next to nothing about but I couldn’t help but get pulled into the story and I found myself caring about these people.

7. Ant-Man
Who would’ve thought that the Marvel film on my top ten list would be Ant-Man and not Avengers: Age of Ultron? Not me! I was really anti-Ant-Man a year ago, mainly because of my dislike of Hank Pym from the comics, so I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed Ant-Man. The cast had great chemistry, Michael Pena stole every scene he was in, and it was about a heist and I love heist movies! Ant-Man really was a pleasant surprise. (more…)

TRAILER REACTION: Ant-Man

First-Marvel-Ant-Man-PosterThe first proper teaser trailer for Marvel’s Ant-Man has been released and it’s all a bit bland really isn’t it?

Now I won’t lie, I’m a bit apathetic towards the Ant-Man movie as a whole for a while now for a few reasons.
1. I don’t like Hank Pym as a character – he is an abusive idiot and he’s the one that creates Ultron and that mess so I’m annoyed that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe the blame for that’s going on Tony Stark (he has enough stupid mistakes of his own). But when I heard that the focus was going to be more on Scott Lang as Ant-Man I was like OK, I can get behind that.
2. One of the main/only things I was looking forward to about Ant-Man was that it meant that’d we’d get Janet Van Dyne aka Wasp. Janet is an awesome character and superhero, one of the founding members of the Avengers and is another female superhero to add to the franchise! But wait, then there was the news that she’d be killed off in the film just as its getting started. I was seriously not impressed.
3. The whole production nightmare the film has seemed to have gone through – any film that has a director dropping out after working on the film for so long is bound to cause problems. It’s not an encouraging thought.

But let’s forget about that and focus on the trailer. I thought the promo stuff for Ant-Man has been pretty cool so far with the “ant-sized” teaser trailer and the minimalist poster, but now it was time to see some footage.

The synopsis of Ant-Man makes it sound like a heist movie (and I love heist movies a ridiculous amount) but by watching the trailer you don’t really get that vibe at all. It doesn’t seem to know what sort of tone it’s going for. It’s super serious with Hank Pym’s (Michael Douglas) voice over explaining why Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is special and how he must take up the mantle of Ant-Man but then there’s a couple of jokes thrown in that really don’t fit and fall flat.

The trailer also doesn’t give much information as to what the power of Ant-Man is (my mum watched the trailer and finished it being none the wiser as to who the character really is) and there’s no sign of the major villain.

I liked the glimpses of Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) being a badass and I am intrigued about her (maybe she’ll be Wasp? Can you tell how much I want Wasp in this stupid movie?!) I also liked the very brief appearance of Michael Pena because I like him and didn’t know he was going to be in Ant-Man.

I get it’s a teaser trailer, but a teaser is supposed to interest you and leave you wanting more and I didn’t get that feeling from Ant-Man at all. That being said, Marvel hasn’t really let the fans or general movie-going audiences down yet so have a bit of hope for Ant-Man and I’m ready and willing for Marvel to change my mind about a character I so far don’t really like. We shall see what happens when Ant-Man’s released in July.