With the ability to shrink in size but grow in strength, a con man (Paul Rudd) must help his mentor (Michael Douglas) protect the secret of his Ant-Man suit and pull off a heist that will save the world.
I have to say I do love the marvel universe. Its brought us a man biten by a spider, a scientist who when he gets upset turns green, a man who can bring knives out of his hands and now a small tiny 'ant man'. Granted its not actually the man that turns into an ant its his suit, so think more like Iron Man. Yes Stan Lee has a remarkable imagination.
I have always been a fan of Paul Rudd so was rather excited when I heard he was going to be playing a superhero. I love his dry sense of humour and the way he can deliver lines so was rather disappointed when I didn't end up laughing as much as I thought I would. I found the script was very oral heavy and had to listen to a lot of techincal information before it really got going. While the action and special effects where fantastic I would of liked more of them. The train scene was great especially when you are seeing it from a humans prospective.
I love the way the Marvel universe are all intertwined so when they discuss the Avengers or Shield I felt like I was part of the 'club' and am really hoping that the Ant Man becomes part of the Avengers squad. It was also rather neat when the Ant Man had to visit a warehouse which turned out to be the Avengers, it just makes it feel more real, like it all exsists as I have seen them all in different realities.
I am glad they brought in the comic relief of his 'three friends' as it seemed to shift the mood a lot. The story was very straight forward. A criminal brought in to become a good guy. Bad guy gets identical suit but better and well good guy has to beat him. My husband loved it where as I enjoyed it. I will of course follow him to the movies for the next exstalment of the Marvel Universe as I do enjoy looking for Stan Lee's guest appearance.
Being a fan of the live action marvel movies and not really knowing anything about the heroes and characters in the comic books, I was very sceptical about a movie called "ant-man". the fact that Paul Rudd was a lead actor did not help my initial thoughts on this movie as his acting/comedic style is usually something that makes me cringe. however this is a marvel movie and they have not let me down so far so I gave it a chance and I am VERY happy I did.
i was lucky enough to catch a preview screening of the movie with a friend who got a double pass from KIWIreviews. I was originally going to see this with my wife once it was released and now that it is out, I would happily pay and see it again with her. the very 1st scene certainly grabbed my attention with cameos from 2 certain other Marvel characters in the other movies/TV shows. I wont say much more than this as I don't want to spoil any part of this movie for you. this is my favourite part about marvel movies, they all link together some how and I love it.
this is certainly the most "funny" marvel movie to date which is certainly not a bad thing, I like my comedic moments and it had the audience laughing quite a bit. there were times it was taken a bit far mainly with the character Luis. this movie is very entertaining as a stand alone movie if you are not familiar with the marvel universe. I enjoyed 95% of the characters, the action was very fun to watch especially as he was fighting and changing sizes, it feels about as believable as it possibly could.
Over all I had a whole lot of fun with this movie and would easily watch it again when given the opportunity. I look forward to the future of what ant-man holds in store for us
Having spent many of my younger years enthralled in the Marvel universe - although mainly in the "top 10" characters, I admit - this was a movie I never thought they'd make. Ant-Man, despite being a founding member of the Avengers in the canon timeline, was never a favourite of mine. Mainly because I could only tolerate one arrogant pratt in a story at a time, and Iron Man took that role early on.
Hearing that it was slated for production had me intrigued. Seeing some of the early set shots and more recently the trailer, had me excited. Seeing the movie, I was sold. I was fortunate enough to be invited to a preview screening, in 3d, so I knew I would be seeing it as good as it could get short of driving to Auckland for the IMAX premiere, but by the end I admit that I was struggling to see why they bothered with a 3d version. There really wasn't much in the story that warranted that 'depth' and it would have been just as good, and a lot more comfortable on my eyes, in 2d.
Character-wise, I think there was an excellent cast. Not knowing Paul Rudd I wasn't prejudiced by his comedy career, which I learned about after I got home and looked him up. I am very glad of it though, because he didn't really display any of it in this movie. The 'comedy sidekick' role was handled admirably by Luis, played by Michael Pena, and his over-the-top recitations of conversations were at the same time incredible, and insane. Yes, naturally Stan Lee makes a cameo... and I liked it. :p
The only acting choice I think they stuffed up was Evangeline Lilly. I didn't like her look or her mannerisms, her acting was stilted and jarring in far too many places, and her character was just plain unlikeable for me. I couldn't tell if she was acting as a double-agent, or just couldn't act. Jessica Biel would have been a better selection IMHO. Although even Jessica couldn't make that hair-do look convincing! It reminded me of a traditional Japanese wig, or a Amazonian primitive mud mask helmet dyed black.
Overall, while not exactly breaking any new ground in the MCU, this is an important story and makes some great connections into the main Avengers story arc, which will allow the second Ant-Man to take up the role the first Ant-Man should have had. And yes... stay right through until then end... there *is* a second bonus credits-scene that reveals a key plot development for a future Avengers' movie. God save me.
Ant-Man is a character that I am not really altogether too familiar with. In fact, before the announcement of this film, I probably had never heard of the hero. But the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a treasure trove of great interlinking movies and television shows. So if for no other reason than to ensure I observed all references, and gained backstory for future films, this is a must-see.
Straight off the bat, you're almost fooled into thinking that you are being thrown straight into the action. This film however is rather slow to get going. Unlike such heroes as Iron Man, Spider Man, Thor, and the Hulk, Ant-Man is generally unknown, and this means that there is a lot of backstory that needs to be passed on to the viewer. The main point being that this origin story is covering both the first, and second iteration of Ant-Man, as well as introducing another superhero that will be covered in future films.
The similarity in the two Ant-Men, is also the striking difference between this film and most previous Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) productions, where the main characters aren't lone wolves. They are family men, trying to do what is right for their children. A lot of emphasis is placed on this, and Cassie (played by young Abby Ryder Fortson) does the role unbelievably well. She is quite possibly my favourite character in this film. Adorable, witty, and definitely daddy's little girl.
The rest of the cast were reasonably well picked. They provided compelling and genuine performances (though I hate Evangeline Lilly's hair. It just doesn't look right). Darren Cross (played by Corey Stoll) was rather villainous looking, so even without watching the trailer, it is easy to see which side he is on (though the magnitude with which he sides, did surprise me). Paul Rudd, well I had reasonably low expectations. His comedy style and energy have in the past always been a bit of a downer. But in this film, it is much more light hearted, and faster paced. It worked rather well.
As is becoming a theme in the MCU, there was ample comedic elements, that managed to garner a large amount of laughs from the audience. A lot of it had been spoiled by trailers and tv ads, but there were still a lot of parts that remained a surprise. Cassie and Luis are the funny bones to the Ant-Man film. Despite how much of the action scenes that was shown during trailers, the overall plot of the film isn't revealed. This is both good and bad, as you take more notice of the film (and therefore pick up a lot more easter eggs and references than if you knew the plot beforehand), but the pace of the trailers make the film appear a lot faster than it really is. It does not have the usual action-packed fight scenes until well into the second half of the film.
Visually, the film was a lot to take in. With so much size changing, all expanding and shrinking at fast speeds, you end up with the camera switching focus over and over. While visually fun to watch, it can make things hard to follow, and has a rather blurry feel to it. The 3D technology didn't really add much to the film in my opinion, and just added to my troubles keeping track of what was going on.
There are a few great little additions that any fans of the MCU will enjoy. There is a fight with an Avenger, there are flashbacks to S.H.I.E.L.D, and enemies of the aforementioned organisation, and as for the end-credit scenes... stick around until the end, there are two of them!
This is quite different to the usual MCU films. I did enjoy humans actually being able to have a significant impact without super suits or powers, and the small cast list is something that I prefer. Now that the foundation has been set, I look forward to seeing a sequel that fully utilises Ant-Man's capabilities.
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