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Published on July 16th, 2015 | by Emmanuel Stratford

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MOVIE REVIEW: Ant-Man

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), 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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They say good things come in small packages but with Ant-Man that’s only half true.  You see the film comes to the screen with a lot of package and even though it’s a decent flick, I can’t help think about if it could have been better.  You see this was Edgar Wright’s passion project for Marvel, he worked on it for 8 years and then, with only a few weeks from shooting, he dropped out saying there were creative differences.  Marvel quickly scrambled and got Peyton Reed involved and ‘Anchorman’ director Adam McKay came on-board to rewrite the script.

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The fan boy community were freaking out about this and with Avengers director Joss Whedon saying that Wright’s script was the best he’d ever read, most fans were calling for Marvel’s blood over the fiasco.  So to say that Ant-Man has a lot at stake is an understatement.

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So let’s get down to the nitty gritty, is the film any good? Yes, it is very entertaining but doesn’t quiet gel together; the tone is all over the place.  You can see bits that are very Edgar Wright but then you can see Marvels influence also, usually the marriage between director and studio is a harmonious one and the film flows perfectly but here it seems disjointed.  One moment it’s an out and out comedy and then the next moment it’s dealing with the death of someone, usually this works fine but it’s handled badly here.

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The flick has moments of wonder and great action though, the miniature photography is superb and played for a lot of laughs.  Paul Rudd is great as the fish out of water Scott Lang who happens upon the suit while Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly play the father/daughter, Hank and Hope Pym, and have great chemistry together.  These three are the heart of the film and their interactions are note perfect.  Michael Pena plays Rudd’s best friend and gets the funniest scenes and steals the film from everyone around.

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Other than the off tone throughout the other badly drawn thing is the villain Darren Cross/Yellow Jacket, played by Carey Stoll, he’s a great actor but his villain is underdeveloped to the point that he’s missing for about an hour of screen time and you almost forget him, when the film bounces back to him you’re trying to figure out what his deal is again.  If you’re a true Marvel fan, make sure to stay till the very end of the film as there are 2 credit sequences as well.

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I was really hoping for a laugh out loud heist flick and got a so so one, on the Marvel movies ranking it’s squarely in the mid-section slightly above ‘Iron Man 2’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’ for me, it’s an entertaining ride but one that falls short of what it could have been but like I said earlier that could be because of the package it comes with.  If you go into it without that then you’ll probably have a ball.

‘Ant-Man’ is out in cinemas now.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Ant-Man Emmanuel Stratford

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Summary: Marvel's miniature hero busts onto the screen in a decent entryfor Marvel but it have been better.

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About the Author

Emmanuel Stratford

Emmanuel has been working in TV for over 15 years and has done many things in the field, now he’s mostly editing, producing and directing. He loves movies and has a wide interest in all genres; video games and TV are a massive interest/influence as well. He's been writing for TechTV101 for a few years and will continue that with GimmeDigital. He's a geek and proud of it.



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