Howdy people of the internet, today I get to review a trailer for a film I’m very intrigued about, I am of course talking about Ant-Man. Now this is a film that I’ve been interested in since it was announced mainly because of Edgar Wright’s involvement, but since he left I’ve been curious to know how Peyton Reed picked up the pieces and shaped the film afterwards. So now we have out first look at the film, how does it look? Well read on and find out!
Check out the trailer below:
So my first thoughts after seeing this trailer? Looks interesting, but there’s nothing amazing here. Now before people start ripping into me, allow me to explain.
So what happens in this trailer? Well it seems like former criminal, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is being recruited by scientist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to become the hero Ant-Man. It looks like Lang has a daughter he wants to protect, it also seems like he’s had a run-in the law, got locked up and released, and now looks to redeem himself as a force for good. As for Pym, it seems like he’s aware of who Scott is and see potential for him to become a hero and probably be a mentor/father figure. The first half of the trailer has few shots of Scott Lang and his daughter, Hank Pym in his lab, Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne) and Corey Stoll (Darren Cross) can be seen walking around and this is all on top of a narration from Pym talking to Lang about getting his act together and becoming a hero. After that we get the second half which is more action heavy where we see Lang in the Ant-Man suit, he shrinks and rides flying insects. We also see people fighting in prison, some sparring/fight session between Scott and Hope, Michael Peña is walking around with a serious face and a few other things are happening.
The one thing I did like about the trailer was the presentation. The film looks very pretty, the colour palette and camera work looks good and the visual effects used for Ant-Man’s shrinking ability and his movements while moving around at a small level looks really cool. Similar to the slow motion sequences in Dredd in terms of rich colours and enhanced lighting.
The trailer was primarily serious and it was kind of hard to take seriously with the use of the name “Ant-Man” or seeing the protagonist ride a flying insect. But there were two nice moments of humour firstly with Lang’s response to becoming Ant-Man with “Huh.” And secondly at the end when he suggests to Pym “Is it too late to change the name?” Nice. The film is self-aware, I like that. While the trailer certainly looks interesting, for me as a fan of superhero films and films in general, this trailer didn’t get me overly excited for the final product. For me the point of a trailer is to get me hyped for the film when it eventually gets released and basically this trailer didn’t do much for me in the way that Avengers 2, Star Wars: Episode VII, Tomorrowland or Mad Max 4 did.
In conclusion the first trailer for Ant-Man looks interesting, while it has certain standard codes and conventions of a standard superhero film, it does seem to have a story, with a setting and characters that look very different from the standard superhero film. There seems to be action and drama and the visuals look amazing. That being said, I can’t say that I was that moved by the trailer, I’m a little interested than I was before, however there was nothing that made me freak out with excitement, maybe that will change with the next trailer.
So what do you think of the teaser trailer for Ant-Man? Are you more or less excited for the film than before? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 😀