Ant-Man Review

With a title like that, who would have thought it would impress anyone? But this movie manages to prove that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Ant-Man is directed by Peyton Reed and written by: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, and Paul Rudd. Stars: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michael Peña. Premise-A former criminal who is given a second chance to fix his life receives a suit that will give him amazing powers. Now he must use those powers to help a scientist save the world.

The only thing I found in this movie to be legitimately bad were some elements in the story. For one, Michael Peña’s character is a bit of a stereotype. He’s the joke making Latino, who has tons of connections with other joke making Latinos. Another thing would be inconsistency. For all of the movie’s fancy science talk, a moment in the climax completely goes against all logic and science. Why? Well, because the movie makes the same mistake that Chappie, Minions, and Big Hero 6 made (I can’t tell you because of spoilers) so it had to use a Deus Ex Machina (contrived plot device) in order to solve the conflict. Another thing that annoys me is the villain. Seriously, this movie’s villain is literally the most obvious bad guy I have ever seen. He has NO dimension and no likeability; and actor, Corey Stoll, gives a forgettable performance (due to his poorly written character). Although this doesn’t surprise me because one thing Marvel sucks at is adapting its villains to the big screen. And before you say, “What about the Spider-Man or X-Men villains?” The rights to those characters belong to Sony and Fox (at least they did until last February). On the topic of the villain, his entire motivation is a cliché. “The young, arrogant apprentice who doesn’t listen to his mentor/trainer and uses his training and knowledge to out-do the teacher.” You’ve seen that plot before, and I’ve seen that plot before. The final issue I have with this movie is something that many fans have been complaining about since The Avengers came out. Why don’t the superheroes just call S.H.I.E.L.D or one of the Avengers to help them out? This movie addresses that (pretty fatal) plot hole, and does not explain it. I mean they try, but their reason is very flawed (again spoilers).

Now the positives and man there are many! The jokes are hilarious, funnier than Iron Man 3 in fact. All of the actors (except Stoll), especially Paul Rudd give really great performances. However, the best part about this movie is the CGI and camerawork. Seriously, the scenes where Ant-Man trains as well as the action scenes are incredibly well shot, and the CGI looks astounding! Unlike in Green Lantern where they used CGI to the point of looking painfully fake; in Ant-Man, it is used only when necessary, and thus the stunts and choreography are fluent. I will be bugged (hehe, get it?) if this movie is not nominated for Best Cinematography, it really is that good.

This movie was much better than I expected it to be, and despite some story hiccups; the F/X, actors, action scenes, and of course, cinematography and direction make it a must-see for any Marvel fan, or anyone who just wants to watch a fun, competently made movie. Ant-Man gets Guys Guru Grade of a B.


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