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Ant-Man Movie Review

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Better Safe than Sorry

A Film Review of Ant-Man

In Kevin Feige, we trust.  This is the message I continue to carry forward throughout the ever expanding MCU and once again true believers, we have another solid building block as we march towards Infinity and beyond.  That’s not to say this result was a foregone conclusion.  I believe fans had similar concerns for another seemingly left of center Marvel license known as the Guardians of the Galaxy.  First of all, this film is about Scott Lang/Hank Pym/Ant-Man and this character(s) is completely off the radar for casual fans of comics and pop culture.  Second, the lead is Paul Rudd: goofball comedy veteran actor and not an action star.  Third, Adam McKay (goofball comedy writer) worked in tandem with Rudd to create the screenplay.  Fourth, there’s Michael Douglass (screen legend) and you simply don’t know what you’re going to get from any actor in the twilight of their career no matter what the project is.  Regardless of these or any other potential distraction or deterrent to a quality entertainment experience, you can indeed rest easy.  The end result is a composed effort to yield another capable Avenger who has his own style and skill set to contribute to stories moving forward.

However, the effort put into keeping an Avenger film on task and not run off the rails on a crazy laugh train (a la, everything McKay has ever written) was very obvious at several moments during the film.  How many more times did I need to be reminded that Scott was a family man?  How often did Scott himself have to play the straight man to his own motley crew?  How many cute bonding moments with insects needed to be shoehorned in?  All of these were conscious plot devices that kept the Ant-Man from the brink of The Other Guys.  As it turns out, they were necessary (and far too overt) “evils” to take as little risk as possible with the most obscure Avenger to date.  Ant-Man is a hero, he has worthy moral ground to stand on, he has skill and he’s light hearted with a shade of sarcasm.  Do any of these traits sound familiar to you?  Perhaps it would have been better to allow Rudd to channel full blown Brian Fontana into Scott Lang because at least his obtuse, 70s, narcissism would have been hilarious to see next to Tony Stark in the future to see who wins the “inappropriateness wars.”  Instead, the audience must rally behind a safe, bland, vanilla character type with precious little personality of his own to speak of.  Individual Avenger adventures are as large as their respective protagonists’ personalities as well as their unique skills.  I simply wished Ant-Man’s larval voyage left a larger footprint in the spectacular happenings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

A full breakdown of the following Moving Picture Story Rating (MPS) “alpha build” can be found here.

 Action Style

 All Avenger films contain some form of combat and Ant-  Man features plenty of pugilism and gunplay which are as bland  as Scott Lang’s training montage.

3/6

 Action Frame

 Even if the fists and bullets aren’t flying around like ballet  choreography, movement within the frame (specifically all of  the miniaturization sequences) is really fun to look at; insects  and all. 

5/5

 Lead  Performance

 Paul Rudd does an acceptable job while Michael Douglas blew  me away with how genuinely interested he showed he was in  his role and its place in the MCU.  At some point, Ant-Man will  have to be “just” Scott Lang without the Hank Pym training  wheels.

4/6

 Supporting  Performance

 Evangeline Lilly provides a decent love interest, Corey Stoll  plays another 2-dimensional Marvel villain, Michael Pena plays  a dumb stereotype and who hired T.I. for this movie?

1/5

 Music

 All films can certainly use emotionally heavy orchestration to  make those epic moments on screen ascend to the next level.    That wasn’t the case at all in this film.

2/6

 Sound F/X

 Hearing a tiny world come alive is just as important as seeing it  come alive.

5/5

“Moving” = 20/33

 

 Digital F/X

 Getting a glimpse of the land of Avengers from an entirely  different scale presented an excellent collision of “regular” and  “tiny,” without too much cheesiness from the likes of Honey, I  Shrunk the Kids.  Insects working together with Ant-Man were  also well animated.

6/6

 Special F/X

 Explosions?  Check.  Gunfire?  Check.  They’re simply nowhere  near the scope of any previous Avenger film (Even Iron Man 3)

2/5

 Costumes

 Not much can be said of all the regular suits in this film, but I  was much more impressed by the design of the “Yellowjacket”  over the retro feel of the “Ant-Man” suit.  Expect a redesign for  future films.

4/6

 Hair &  Makeup

 I was a bit distracted by Evangeline Lilly’s Jim Carey “bowl cut”  wig.  Why didn’t they let Kate from Lost simply grow it out?    Everyone else was acceptable.

3/5

 Exteriors

 Regular scale settings were about as average as Hollywood can  get, but at the subatomic level, “insides” and “outsides” (as  assisted by heavy CG) has no meaning.  There wasn’t too much  interesting to see beyond the walls of abstract green screens.

3/6

 Interiors

 I was more impressed with the tech look of the research labs  (thank you Iron Man films) especially when compared to the  antique nature of Pym’s personal domicile.

4/5

“Picture” = 22/33

 

 Hook

 Who doesn’t love a tiny world perspective on things?  This  happens to be Marvel’s version of it and new angles on an ever  saturating genre are always welcome.

4/4

 Conflict

 Hank Pym can’t be the Ant-Man anymore due to obvious  reasons, but I wasn’t sold on Scott’s need to take up this fight  himself, despite personal desperation being a clear and present  motivator.

2/4

 Resolution

 I love all the connections made to the MCU, I appreciate the  obvious lead-in to Civil War, but I was a bit underwhelmed by  the cookie-cutter wrap up for Ant-Man himself.

3/4

 Dialogue

 Conversations in general seem natural enough, but every time  Rudd speaks, he seems far too casual for a character that’s in  the position he’s in.  Douglas delivers more demonstrative lines  in a more demonstrative manner.  Ugh!  I cringe at anything  Scott’s crew says.

2/6

Exposition

 The very first scene in this film gives the audience exactly what  it needs to understand everything about Ant-Man and how he  fits into this dynamic universe.  No need to be cryptic, yet.

4/5

 Character  uniqueness

 Hank Pym is my kind of scientist.  Everyone else was my kind  of been there; done that.

1/6

 Character  relatability

 Sacrificing and doing whatever it takes for one’s family is a  strong theme repeated amongst our heroes throughout this  film.  Can it be any easier to understand this?

5/5

“Story” = 17/34

Overall MPS Rating:  59/100

I was a bit surprised at this score as I enjoyed Ant-Man overall as a fairly entertaining popcorn, action and effects spectacle.  In hindsight, I liked this film more for its connections to the growing cinematic universe of Marvel’s superheroes.  I liked it less for its disinterest in really committing to standing on its own.

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Watch: Explosive New Ant-Man Spot

Check out a new spot above for Ant-Man featuring some explosive action with Corey Stoll as Yellowjacket.

Ant-Man” has a July 17, 2015 release directed by Peyton Reed starring Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket.

Synopsis:

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.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, 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. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

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Ant-Man Website Gets Ant-Sized Update

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The official Ant-Man Marvel website has been updated with an interactive design giving users the ability to view the site as an ant or a human.

When the various images and text are clicked on, the page zooms in for the human view. You can then zoom out for the ant-sized view.

There is also a voice amplifier feature that will switch between Paul Rudd’s ant-sized voiced and human-sized voice.

Check it out at: marvel.com/antman.

Ant-Man” has a July 17, 2015 release directed by Peyton Reed starring Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket.

Synopsis:

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.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, 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. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

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12 New Ant-Man Images


Ant-Man Trailer
 

Check out twelve new Ant-Man images below.

Ant-Man” has a July 17, 2015 release directed by Peyton Reed starring Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket.

Synopsis:

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.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, 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. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

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New Ant-Man Image & Promo Stills


Ant-Man Trailer
 

Check out a batch of scans below from the latest issue of Empire Magazine from the Ant-Man movie.

Ant-Man” has a July 17, 2015 release directed by Peyton Reed starring Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket.

Synopsis:

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.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, 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. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

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Corey Stoll Dishes On Yellowjacket In Ant-Man

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Corey Stoll is set to play the villain of the Ant-Man movie Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket.

While speaking with EW.com, Stoll offers some background on the character with specific details.

“I was this child prodigy that Michael Douglas’ character Hank Pym discovered at an early age,” Stoll said of his character. “He nurtured me and I was part of his technology company. I started to become aware of these rumors of this fabled technology that can shrink people to half an inch while keeping their full-size strength. And I became very obsessed with it and demanded that we move forward. But Pym had sort of buried it for ethical, moral reasons.” 

The article continues with mention of an interesting tidbit regarding Evangeline Lilly’s character, Hope Van Dyne, in that she “colludes” with Stoll to take over Hank Pym’s company, with Stoll adding the following revealing the Yellowjacket suit is more advanced than the Ant-Man suit.

“Now, I’ve discovered my own version of that technology and I’m using it for militaristic purposes,” Stoll said. “I’ve even started to use the technology myself, which as a sort of psychotic effect on people if they use it too much. I can’t get into the details of all the goodies of the Yellowjacket suit but it’s several generations advanced from what Ant-Man has. And then I put it on—and then I am Yellowjacket!” 

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Ant-Man” has a July 17, 2015 release directed by Peyton Reed starring Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket.

Synopsis:

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.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, 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. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Ant-Man Trailer:

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New Ant-Man Movie Images & Art

Following the new trailer are the following new Ant-Man images, which includes concept art, a look at Yellowyjacket, Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas.

Ant-Man” has a July 17, 2015 release directed by Peyton Reed starring Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket.

Synopsis:

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.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, 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. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Ant-Man Trailer:

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Watch: Ant-Man Trailer

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Marvel has released the Ant-Man trailer. Check it out below.

Ant-Man” has a July 17, 2015 release directed by Peyton Reed starring Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket.

Synopsis:

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.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, 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. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

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Michael Douglas Finishes Ant-Man Filming; New Set Image

Michael Douglas has finished filming in the Ant-Man movie as his official Facebook page posted the following image and info.

Finished my last days on Ant-Man this weekend. Had a great time, a new experience with all these blue screens!

These are some photos of myself and Mike Runyard, my stuntman and golfing buddy for the for the last 26 years, including films like Black Rain and The Game.

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“Ant-Man” has a July 17, 2015 release directed by Peyton Reed starring Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket.

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