Monday, July 20, 2015

Ant-Man - Average Joe Review

So, on July 18-19, 2015, I went to the theater to see Ant-Man. And this is my review of the movie.
(July 18-19 because it started at about 10:20 and lasted until 12:30 at night)

First off, this review doesn't contain any spoilers for Ant-Man. You're welcome.
Ah, another year, another pair of Marvel movies. Last year was probably the best year of Marvel movies yet, a mon avis. (2012 being the second best because of the Avengers, but come on, two movies are better than one!... I know some of you might not share the same thoughts.) and I still stand by that. 2015 was great, sure, with Age of Ultron and Ant-Man broadening up (or should I say SHRINKING up... get it? Oh wait... it doesn't make sense. I feel the need for a facepalm emoji), but The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy? It doesn't get much better than that.

Anyways, back to Ant-Man (which is what this post is supposed to be about). The movie is primarily a heist film, like TWS was a thriller/action-y type film and GOTG was... sci-fi? I guess so. Meet Scott Lang, ex con that just got out of jail and needs to get a job to reconnect with his daughter... I think? Eh, it's a long story. So, he heard from his boy Luis who heard it from Carlos who heard it from this chick that got some money to spread the rumor from a certain prominent character, I won't say who (gasps for air) that there is a job (a burglary. What do you expect? They're ex cons!) for them to break into a safe. Some stuff happens, Scott Lang becomes Ant-Man, yadayadayada(Stuff that I can't touch upon here for fear of spoilers)yadayadayadayada. The science of the Ant-Man suit is that it uses a particle called the Pym Particle that moves atoms closer together. The Pym Particle, however, was hidden away by Hank Pym. Darren Cross is trying to recreate that, and that's where Scott comes in. (For more information without spoilers, read the first 3 paragraphs of this).

Ant-Man definitely brought something new to the table in terms of how the action was presented. TWS was great at this, but the shrinking aspect of the Ant-Man (and Yellow Jacket) suit was... interesting. I feel as though they could've done a little more with this, as usually when Scott shrinks, we don't see him as a tiny person, instead we see the person he's beating up. (YAY! for run on sentences!) Also, the effects on this shrinking aspect, a mon avis could've been done better, for there was always a wispy white afterimage that detracted from the effect.

Throughout all the action, Ant-Man managed to not take itself too seriously, something that was definitely important for a movie named Ant-Man. Humor was apparent throughout, a lot of which was spoiler with the clips posted on YouTube and the trailer(s). However, the characters were also very memorable. Luis in particular was hilarious, his ramblings being intercut with different (relatively minor) characters speaking in his voice being particularly amusing. Michael Pena and Scott Lang did a very good job at incorporating such humor.

Now for the final heist (DON'T WORRY I'M NOT GOING TO SPOIL IT!). There is a subplot involving Scott and Scott's ex-wife's fiancee, Scott being an escaped-criminal and whatever. Anyways, the way the incorporated the subplot in with the heist scene(s) was quite hilarious as well, most of the characters involved having a humor about them as it were.

I give Ant-Man a 4.4/5 on this arbitrary scale of my opinionated statements that you may or may not agree with. The movie was hilarious and action-packed, but the way the shrinking aspect was carried out detracted from it, thus the 0.7 being knocked off. Oh, and it got an extra 0.1 for being one of the few movies that my dad did not fall asleep during. This is definitely a welcome edition to the already huge Marvel Cinematic Universe.

--PRANAV

PS Stay till the very end, there is a mid-credits and an post-credits scene.

PPS I'm pretty sure that the credits said nothing like "No ants were harmed in the making of this film." Make of that what you will.