Movie Review: Ant-Man – It’s Stupid In The Right Way

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Ant-Man is the newest super hero release with a comedic twist, and it’s pleasing critics and audiences alike. This snarky sci-fi flick, with an unlikely hero, it’s one to watch this summer. Here’s why.

Our hero is Scott, a thief with a master’s in engineering. When he runs into a reclusive scientist with a special suit, he’s more than happy to try it on. With the push of a button, he’s the size of a dime. What follows is an interesting scene involving Scott getting sucked into vacuums and such. Realizing his new power, Scott does the whole becoming a super hero thing and even finds an arch nemesis. He’s a dude that can turn into a yellow jacket.

While it sounds stupid, it’s stupid in the right way. It’s stupid in the way that Shaun of the Dead was stupid. It’s also hilarious, interesting and even kind of visually stunning. Of course, a lot of the visuals are recycled. Take the Ant-Man suit for example. It’s pretty much an Iron Man Suit. They didn’t even change the color scheme that much.

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However, for a movie that does such a good job on using the standard super hero tropes, with some self-aware tongue in cheek humor, recycled visuals can be ok. Especially with such a unique storyline. Edgar Wight is credited with some of the story line creation, which explains the similar feel to movies like “Shaun of the Dead”.

Paul Rudd was a fantastic choice for the lead. He’s unheroic enough to give the character a certain lack of grace and gritty realness, but he also has awesome comedic timing, which this movie relied on. The great thing about the movie is that the same thing that makes Ant-Man heroic is what makes him vulnerable. The danger of being squashed while in insect form would have been hard to pull off if not for Rudd’s performance.

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It’s a fresh take for a summer filled with big budget blockbuster action movies. Not that it isn’t well done. It’s just a bit lower key and a more slapstick and funny than other movies in the sci-fi genre. The movie knows how to laugh at itself, while keeping viewers entertained.

I have to say, I was a bit disappointed with the main female character Hope (Evangeline Lilly). In a way I was kind of expecting her to emerge as some sort of femme fatale, but instead, her character stays pretty flat and sees no growth at all. So in that, I was disappointed. The two father-daughter stories were sweet, but not overtly so, and they managed to put a bit emotion into the script, in a way that doesn’t feel too over the top for this movie.

But all in all, I have to say Ant-Man was pretty well done and very enjoyable. It was a bit long in the run time, nearly 2 hours, but at least they used their time wisely. If you’re looking for a great action movie, with some good humor, then Ant Man could be one to watch this summer.

WE GAVE IT: 4 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

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The Full Trailer for ‘Ant-Man’ Has Been Released, Check Out Paul Rudd In Action!

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We warned you a few days ago that the first ‘Ant-Man’ trailer would be released during the two-hour premiere of Marvel’s ABC miniseries, Agent Carter. Were you able to catch it? If not, don’t you worry! We have the full trailer for you at the bottom of this page.

As expected, this first trailer is really just another teaser for the film; however, there are a few laughs inside as the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), tries to convince Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to take over as the new Ant-Man. At one point, Lang asks, “Is it too late to change the name?”

Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas aren’t the only stars in this film. Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll both play an important role in the film, but you don’t see much of them in the first trailer. The movie isn’t scheduled to be released until July 17, so you can look forward to a second trailer coming out soon.

Check out the official Ant-Man movie synopsis and trailer down below…

“The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” when master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.”

Movie Review: And So It Goes (2014)

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The second nationwide release this week is a romantic comedy/heartwarming family movie focused on retirees who love Michal Douglass and Diane Keaton.

Realtor Oren Little (Michael Douglas) is an anti-social jerk, and that’s just the way he likes it. His only goal is to sell one last house and retire in peace. Enter conflict in the form of his estranged son, who suddenly drops off his granddaughter (Sterling Jerins). It’s a granddaughter he never new existed. So what does he do? He pawns the 9-year-old off on the neighbor lady Leah (Diane Keaton). Of course, little by little, he decides to get to know the girl and of course, love changes his life forever.

It’s a been there done that script that only rises above mediocrity thanks to the star power of the leads. Despite the premise, it’s a light movie that is designed to be uplifting, without being overtly tear jerking. This is a retirement age romance aimed at a retirement age audience that doesn’t want to think too much.

Douglass shines as the cranky, anti-social Oren. The character is oddly familiar to Jack Nicholson in As Good as it Gets, only this time I don’t find the love affair creepy because Keaton is actually an age appropriate love match for him.

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I’m sorry, I know that most people love as Good as it Gets, but the whole time I watched the movie, I was like “Ewe, someone make that creepy old man stop touching Helen Hunt.”

Anyway, for Douglas and Keaton, it works and the two have some decent screen chemistry. Keaton is just as cute and quirky as she was when she played Annie Hall.

The characters were written as one dimensional. That’s pretty obvious from the plot and the dialog. But Keaton and Douglass make them work simply based on their own impressive acting chops, managing to give their characters more depth.

The real problem is the writing. You can see every plot development coming from a mile away. There’s is nothing new. Oren is the Grinch whose heart grows three sizes thanks to the love of a child and a good woman. Leah is the open hearted neighbor who’s always getting involved in his business. And So it Goes goes somewhere pretty obvious in the end.

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I would have liked to see an original twist. Maybe a role reversal. Have the woman be the one who’s terrible with children, while the man is the one that’s good with them, maybe? Do something new, for Gods sakes. Make the kid a psychic. Make her a monkey instead. Make the deadbeat parent a woman.

Make the kid really obnoxious and not adorable. Just give me something new. Surprise me, for Gods sake!

If it weren’t for Keaton and Douglass, this movie would have been an utter failure. Even with the two leads, it’s still not doing so great at the box office. This is a movie made for a very particular audience. My guess would be an elderly one where most of the people watching have heart conditions and can’t take too many surprises. Casting Keaton and Douglass was a stroke of genius, but unfortunately, all this movie had was one stroke of genius. Everything else was paint by numbers, how to make a heartwarming movie for skittish retirees.  Watch the trailer below:

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