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Ant-Man Review

Howdy people of the internet, today I return to give you a new film review and this is for Marvel Studios’ latest film, Ant-Man. Now, this film has had quite the history with the directors behind it, script rewrites and a less than stellar hype from fans and the general public about there being an Ant-Man film. But now the film is out and the early response has been pretty positive, so it is good? Well I can’t hide my excitement for this film as I thought it was awesome and I’m going to tell you why in this review!

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I am going to keep this review as clean and simple as possible.

When it comes to the story it goes a little like this:

“Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.”

The story in this film is actually really good. The film’s also bizarre and self-aware and it makes the experience more enjoyable. What makes this film work so well is that is that it isn’t like a typical superhero film, much like last year’s Captain America: The Winter Solider and Guardians of the Galaxy, this film adopts a style puts that first and then incorporates the superhero elements later. Ant-Man is a heist film and it has all of those quirky, smart and inventive aspects that makes films of this genre so fun to watch and speaking of fun, the film is also hilarious. I know that is to be expected in a Marvel film and some have gotten sick of it, but here it really works. There is a constant sense of fun, quirkiness and just randomness that makes the film great to watch. But beyond the humour there is heart, like the best of the Marvel films there’s genuine emotion and drama to draw you in and make you root for the good guys. I have to commend not only Peyton Reed for directing this film in such a great way, but also for the script done by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd as it is very witty and unique. If I had any negatives it’s that some of the plot elements do fall into that “I’ve seen it before” department, but beyond that the film’s very good. There are also some nice references to the comics and other MCU films from the past and future and they’re great, make sure you stay for the post-credit scenes! Don’t be a donut and leave early! 😀

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When it comes to the cast they’re all pretty good. Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man. What I liked about Scott is that he’s a great guy who wants to do good but has ends up in bad situations and doesn’t commit to doing good deeds, and it’s interesting to see him go on this journey and change for the better. Rudd, he’s just great in this film. Rudd naturally excels in comedy and he uses that to his advantage as he’s really funny and has great timing with his jokes, but in addition to that he brings a lot of charm and depth to his character with the more dramatic moments. Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym. I knew that Douglas would be important in the film but I didn’t expect him to have such a significant presence because this film felt like a passing of the torch, but Douglas had so many great lines and he continues to show why he’s such a great actor as he’s emotionally versatile and just kills it in every scene he’s in. Oh and his relationship with Rudd is great too. Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne was really good too. She’s strong, confident, but also defensive and complicated emotionally because of her father and I love what Lily did with this role. Her and Douglas have a great dynamic because of their family based relationship, and Lily and Rudd also had pretty good chemistry and their banter was lovely.

Corey Stoll was really good as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket. Darren is a man with class, style and charm at face value, but he’s also sneaky, dangerous and obsessed with power and success. Stoll plays this character with just the right amount of villainy and craziness. You could argue that his character was a bit clichĂ© and stereotypical, but I thought he was one of the stronger and more memorable villains of the MCU. Then there’s Lang’s heist team consisting of Michael Pena as Luis, Tip “T.I.” Harris as Dave and David Dastmalchian as Kurt. The strongest of the three is Pena as Luis, this guy is seriously one of the most strange and funny people ever. The guy’s so energetic and jokes and Pena just oozes charm and humour. T.I. and Dastmalchian are also pretty good and have their individual moments to shine. Bobby Cannavale did well as Paxton and it was good to see Wood Harris as Gale too and finally Judy Greer was good as Maggie and Abby Ryder Fortson is just one of the most adorable and hilarious child actors ever as Cassie.

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As for the presentation is pretty damn good. Visually the film is really cool, the cinematography is well-done and the use of special effects used to craft the action sequences, suits and the miniaturised world that Ant-Man and Yellowjacket inhabit is so unique and interesting. The creativity behind the shrinking and growing of the Pym particles was great and there’s some really interesting, unexpected and hilarious uses of the powers. The soundtrack crafted by Christophe Beck is also very nice too, it has a great sense of charisma, sass and style, it had the perfect sound for a heist film but also for a 1960’s spy film.

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In conclusion Ant-Man was pretty badass. I had hoped it would be good and that the early reviews were a good sign, but the film exceeded my expectations so much. It was full of all the regular great superhero codes and conventions but beyond that it had heart, style and stood alone perfectly from the rest of the MCU films while also existing within the same world. Marvel continue to prove that they are far still incredibly creative and versatile and I would highly recommend this film as it is SO much fun and really entertaining.

Rating: 8.5/10 (Very impressive)

So what do you think of Ant-Man? Did you love it, hate it or think it was okay? And how do you think it compares to the previous Marvel films? Do you think it’s the best solo film since Iron Man like some claim or do think differently? Sound off your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Ant-Man Trailer #2

Howdy people of the internet, today I return to give you a new trailer review for the next Marvel film, no not Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the other one coming out later on in July and that’s Ant-Man. Now, the first trailer for this film didn’t exactly set the world on fire, but I’ve still been interested in seeing how this turned out. So today the second trailer’s dropped today and I’ve seen some positive feedback lurking around online, so is it good or not? Well read on and find out!

Check out the trailer below:

So my first thoughts after seeing this trailer? Well this is certainly better than the last one for sure, and the hype level has definitely gone up for sure.

I am going to keep this trailer review as simple as possible. Basically, this trailer expands upon what we saw in the previous trailer by giving us more details on the story, characters and action. We see more Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and A LOT more of Corey Stoll.

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When it comes to the story it looks like we have a better understanding about what the technology behind what the Ant-Man suit can do and what its original purpose was for (being used for the military and being super stealthy), and it seems like Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) is the main man behind the technology and is looking to sell it to everyone. While on the other side of things you have Dr. Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne (Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly) who see Cross as bad man who has to be taken out, so Pym finds Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and recruits him to steal tech away from Cross (I assume) and become a hero. I like how Hope is integral to the story and understands the technology behind the Ant-Man suit and trains scott to fight and understand how his powers work when he’s small. I also appreciate how we get to see more of Stoll as the bad guy, he clearly looks like he has an aggressive villain who will give our hero a lot of trouble.

What it interests me the most about this film again is the action sequences. I know that it’s mainly CGI, green screen and motion capture, but man it looks SO good, the level of detail is so sharp and beautiful, loving the colours and the way things seem a little slower and stylized in the smaller world. Seeing Ant-Man running with the heard of ants or taking out dude with his miniature super strength, it all looks pretty slick and intriguing as a form of combat. But the best stuff for me is seeing Ant-Man and Yellowjacket fighting, all of the jumping, flying, lasers and explosions is badass.

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Oh  there’s a fair amount of humour in the trailer, like most Marvel films, whether it is joking about the ‘Ant-Man’ name or talking about breaking into a place to steal something or seeing Paul Rudd get punched in the face by Evangeline Lilly, it looks humourous, and that final moment of the trailer when Yellowjacket was about to get hit by the Thomas the Tank Engine train and you just see the train just hit and fall over, that was funny, best funny moment in the trailer.

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This is perfect, really random, but funny too. Any person who knows about Thomas will get a kick out of this.

In conclusion the second trailer for Ant-Man is pretty good. This is looking like it will be a very different kind of adventure like Guardians of the Galaxy last summer. I’m just curious to see how this all pans out, the costumes are looking hella good and the action seems better and better with each trailer. I’m not stupidly over the moon about this film yet, but I definitely want to see it more than before.

So what do you think of the second 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! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Ant-Man Trailer #1 Quick Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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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! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Michael Douglas Cast as Ant-Man!

You know that point when you’re sitting around just hoping for news and then something amazing drops online? Well that’s what happened for me just recently when I scanned through my Facebook news feed and saw something new on superherohype and you can see from the following news story:

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“Fresh from last night’s Golden Globe win for his performance in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, Michael Douglas has joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man in the role of Hank Pym! Douglas will star opposite Paul Rudd (now confirmed to be playing Scott Lang) in the Edgar Wright film, set for release on July 31, 2015.

“With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.”

Set to begin production shortly in Georgia, Ant-Man will be directed by Wright, who co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block).

“The idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both… Henry Pym and Scott Lang,” Wright told SuperHeroHype some years ago in an interview that he confirmed this morning via Twitter is still accurate. “So you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60’s, in sort of ‘Tales to Astonish’ mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang’s story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him.”

Well damn, did not even see this coming. So out of nowhere. I mean we’ve only just recently gotten the recent confirmation of Paul Rudd in the title role and while there was rumours floating around about there being two versions of Ant-Man (Hank Pym and Scott Lang), it was all speculation and most assumed that Pym would be the main character and main focus. However now we know not only that Douglas is Pym, but Rudd is Lang. Then add to that the story information that Edgar Wright provides; that he wishes to not only include both versions of the hero, but also have the early version of Ant-Man doing his thing in the 60’s then bring it into modern-day with the new incarnation. That is some really unexpected but intriguing stuff nonetheless. Totally out of left field, but at the same time this is the kind of changes and interesting new directions I appreciate from Marvel Studios. They adapt their character but find new ways to reinvent them and you can’t hate on them for wanting to be a little innovative.

To summarize I’m down with this, its some unexpected and cool stuff. Douglas is a capable actor and while I’m not overly familiar with his filmography I know that if he’s on-board with this film then it must be something good.

What do you think of this news? Holla down in the comments below! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Last Vegas Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another film review and now I’m gonna talk about Last Vegas. Now this was one of the last few films I wanted to watch on my 2013 calendar, only yo then find out it was being pushed into 2014 in the UK (bullshit!). I’d been hyped for the film since early 2013 and I liked the trailers so I’ve been waiting for a long time. Was it worth the wait? Read on and find out.

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So the story of this film involves four childhood friends (Billy, Paddy, Sam and Archie), they’re now in their late 60’s and have gotten on with their lives. However when Billy decides to get married, the four reunite for a bachelor party in Las Vegas and what follows is a load of crazy scenarios with emotional results for the group.

I liked story here, it was funny, cute and entertaining. There’s dancing, alcohol and incredibly beautiful woman in the film throughout, it is a wonderful sight (mainly for the guys lol). The flashbacks were an introduction to the characters and throughout the film especially in Vegas you can see how deep the friendship is between the main four characters. But the film’s not all humour as there was a bit of substance as their was a bit of turmoil between Billy and Paddy which is hinted at in the trailer, but full explored in the film. This in addition to some of the issues for Sam and Archive leads to some dramatic and interesting conflicts that need to be overcome. The humour was kind of hit or miss and it didn’t help that al lot of the jokes were shown in the trailer. Also all there was a lot of jokes referring to the characters ages and while I’m not against it, it could be done in better ways. It seems to be a recurring theme in films these days to crack jokes about older people doing younger things but it does get a bit tiresome after a while. I feel like this film could have been a really good film if the direction and script were a little more sophisticated, as it stands the plot was good but with a bit more refinement it could have been a special film.

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When it comes to the characters the cast are really the main element that makes this film work and stay above being below average. Michael Douglas as Billy is great, he is a very confident kind of guy who is also successful and loves his friends a lot, but has some person issues that make him vulnerable. Robert De Niro as Paddy is the next best person as his character has a lot of levels to him. Paddy is a no-nonsense kind of guy who has respect for Sam and Archie, but hates Billy because of an issue from the past and while he is a bit grumpy, you can understand why he’s like that because of his history. Morgan Freeman as Archie has to be my favourite of the four, while he doesn’t get as much screen time as Billy and Paddy, he’s charismatic, adventurous and cheeky, such a funny dude to be around. And Kevin Kline as Sam is cool too, Kline like Morgan doesn’t as much screen time, but when he’s on-screen he’s always in such funny and awkward situations. Together Douglas, De Niro, Morgan and Kline have great screen chemistry and you really believe that they’ve been friends for years. Also Mary Steenburgen as Diana is beautiful, cute and a delightful lady who sings and has some nice screen time with some of the main group. And the last two people I wanted to mention were Jerry Ferrara as Todd and Romany Malco as Lonnie who were very entertaining.

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In conclusion Last Vegas is fun little film with a lot of unexpected heart to it, while the film suffers from some script and dialogue issues, the performances from the four main cast members makes up for it. Some may right it off as a some Hangover rip-off with old guys, but this film is easily better than the last two sequels in that series. It wasn’t as good as I hoped but there was a few story details that put it above the most comedies I’ve seen in the cinema.

So have you seen Last Vegas and if so what are your thoughts on it? Leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review! 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Last Vegas Trailer #2 Review

Alrighty then time to review another trailer review and today I’m gonna give you my thoughts on the latest trailer for a film I’m pretty interested in, Last Vegas. Now I know technically this is the second trailer and I haven’t reviewed the first, but I’ve seen the first one and I thought that this was WAY better and had more to talk about, so let’s get talking! 😀

I remember hearing about this film back in January this year and instantly being interested in the premise on IGN, now I’ve finally gotten a full trailer to give me an idea of what the film will be like and honestly I’m really liking what I’m seeing. Last Vegas is looking very interesting.

Here’s the trailer:

So the story in this film looks like Michael Douglas is getting married, and he gathers up his three old friends and has a bachelor party in Las Vegas. It seems like not everything is completely simple and there is a lot of stuff that will go down for these four men in their sixties. Looks there is conflict between Michael Douglas and Robert De Niro, there’s a massive pool party going on with Redfoo from LMFAO, and we even get a drunk Morgan Freeman! Awesome. There’s just a lot of intriguing and potentially hilarity in this trailer.

Now this could be a disaster, the fact of the matter is that ideas like this have been done in one way, shape or form and it is not unpopular for there to be a star-studded cast in a film that looks promising, only for it to then suck. But I’m hoping that rule doesn’t apply to this film because it looks like a good time. Also I personally love films that involve friendship, it is something that is very important to me in my life and with these older men I feel like we could get some heart-warming, hilarious and possibly emotional moments between these four actors. And that is something I’d love to see.

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In conclusion I’m liking the look of this film, it certainly looks like a fun film with very fine actors playing roles that they’ve really never done before. Obviously this film can go one of two ways: 1) It could be an entertaining, hilarious and interesting film about older gentlemen rekindling their friendship while one gets married. OR 2) It could be a pretty boring and possibly embarrassingly unfunny film about old men going to Las Vegas. Whatever the case is I’ll still go and watch it and hope for the best. Thanks for reading! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2013 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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