Watching Ant-Man reminded me of the old school type of thrill and fun of a Marvel movie. It was like watching the first Iron Man again, with fresh new characters and a slightly different plot. Ant-Man amped up the humour and heart to deliver an exciting and amazing adventure, heist, superhero film. Let me take you through my journey of viewing Ant-Man!
Sunday, August 2nd
My friend Patricia and I planned to watch Ant-Man at the beginning of the week (she didn't know even know it was released until we passed an Ant-Man bus poster) but uni and work got in the way. Luckily, the stars finally aligned and today was our day. I woke up a bit too early but got out of bed a bit too late; however, all was fine and dandy and we left at 10 past 12. The movie was playing at 1:20PM but we wanted to grab a bite beforehand, just so we wouldn't devour all the popcorn during the previews.
After a quick bite, it was time for the movie. But first we had to get our snacks and I struggled with choosing what to get. Ice-cream, chocolate, chips, popcorn, drinks? Patricia got her usual giant frozen coke and popcorn and I ended up with an ice cream. I would later end up regretting this decision.
In the cinema, my friend and I messed around on Snapchat until the previews played. A few trailers caught my interest such as Pan and Joseph's Gordon Levitt's The Walk. The only thing that distracted me from the previews were the strange caramel pieces in my ice-cream cone. It was weirdly crunchy and unexpected. I thought I got vanilla. It was very disappointing. But anyways, we're here to talk about Ant-Man so let's get to it!
Ant-Man was a marvellously put together film; it had a lot of laugh out loud moments and I really enjoyed the portrayal of Hank Pym by Michael Douglas and loved the ever-so-likable Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. It was a film that didn't take itself too seriously and worked on a much smaller scale than the earlier Marvel release of this year, [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035). It tied into the MCU quite nicely and I liked how they handled why the Avengers weren't call in for this mission. The CGI and special effects to make Paul Rudd look small were also very well done. In the end, Ant-Man had the theatre totally belly laughing at the masterful humour and enticed by the dynamic action scenes.
The movie did suffer from the same issues that most Marvel movies do: the underdeveloped antagonist. He was interesting enough, I just wished he was further realised and not just a carbon copy the first Iron Man villain. It's just a minor flaw but a flaw none the less. I hope future Marvel films will step up their game with a more menacing and well-developed bad guy.
I enjoyed Scott Lang's convict comrades because they added a lot of humour to the film. They were involved in my favourite comedic part of the film which is when they decided to help Lang but ended up slowly backing away from the cluster of police cars outside of Lang's wife's house. The fact that the scene lingered on that moment made it that much funnier.
Other highlights include:
- Giant Thomas the Tank Engine
- "Baskin-Robbins always finds out."
- Disintegration by Siri
- "That is one messed up looking dog."
I also did really feel for the loss of ANTony but was extremely happy Michael Douglas' character didn't die from that gun shot wound (It was just in the shoulder, I wasn't worried). I would love to see much more of him! There were some predictable, "I knew he was going to say that" moments but I honestly didn't care because it was funny and harmlessly done.
Overall, I had a really fun time watching the movie and loved all the new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I cannot wait for Ant-Man to appear in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) next year, which is going to be a lot of fun just based on Ant-Man's little rendezvous at the Avenger building. I wonder how he and Falcon will get along come May!
Comment below and share the day you watched Ant-man and your thoughts on it!