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Ant-Man: a short review

9th Jul 2014, 12:00 AM

Ant-Man: a short review
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kidra on 20th Jul 2015, 7:34 AM

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I was pretty saddened to see that ant-man had a "smaller" opening weekend. It's also made me sad because a lot of people have had concerns about it because of the director troubles, a perceived similarity to iron man, and other things.

I want you all to know that ant-man is a great movie. While I wouldn't put it on the same level as Winter Soldier or GOTG, it's a great movie that I'm afraid is being overlooked.

There are two things that I thought the movie did particularly well. The first is how it does a good balance of making the powers serious and humorous. The fight scenes are appropriately awesome, and it does a good job of showing how this kind of tech would actually be useful in combat. You would think a small cut would be useless in a fight, but ant-man shows just how hard it is to fight someone that you can't even see. With all that said though, the movie also shows how some things would be ridiculous at that size. There's the train scene that's been in the trailer, but there's more where it steps back and reminds you that things are a little silly when you're that small.

The other thing I thought was done well was that it actually addressed why they didn't call on any other heroes for help. With the other movies you think "Why don't you call in the avengers? In this movie they clearly state why they don't do that.

However, I'll admit that the movie isn't perfect. I thought that both the training sequence and the initial relationship between Pymm and his daughter were a little too trope-ish, but those are my only qualms with the movie, and they're relatively minor points in the long run.

Finally, if you're worried that somehow ant-man is just repackaged iron man, don't be. While the two stories have similar sounding bare-bones plot (guy invented a suit great for combat and the enemy is trying to recreate it) the execution of entirely different, which is what's important. There are tons of great stores that share similar plot elements, but the execution is what makes a great story.

So please, go see Ant-Man. It's a great movie that should be doing better than it is. And if you disagree with me, feel free to say so in the comments.



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kidra on 20th Jul 2015, 9:52 AM

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Thanks for the heads up on that. The image worked on my phone but not on a desktop. No idea why that would happen but it should be working now

agreed

that one guy on 20th Jul 2015, 12:34 PM

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i totally agree with everything you said. it was just an overall great film, and i really hope it gets more popular, the more money it makes the sooner we get a sequel.

hiei82 on 20th Jul 2015, 5:02 PM

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Saw Ant-Man on Friday. It was definitely a good movie, but I think there were a few flaws. Mostly in how it tried to combine the "superhero" and "heist" genres.

The "heist" movie genre aspect really needed a little more fleshing out and more time to breath. It all felt a little rushed and disjointed to me.

That said, overall the film was good so take all this with a grain of salt.

cicely on 21st Jul 2015, 7:22 AM

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"There are tons of great stores that share similar plot elements...."

Indeed!
If it were not so, there would be no TVTropes.

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kidra on 21st Jul 2015, 10:37 AM

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It's true. And honestly, tropes with when done well. If they didn't work nobody else would use them. The problem is when people don't build out the rest of the story well enough.

It isn't strange for Marvel, though

Nessus on 25th Jul 2015, 1:15 AM

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TBH almost all the stand alone Marvel movies use "evil twin" villains.

Hulk vs Abomination. Iron Man vs Iron Monger. Cap vs Red Skull. Thor vs Loki. All the villains used to introduce new heroes are basically evil flipsides of the heroes' powerset and backstory.

They even reuse it in some of the sequels. Whiplash/Crimson Dynamo is another evil Iron Man. Winter Soldier is another evil super-soldier (cybernetic instead of biotech, but functionally the same). A bit diluted compared to the first round, but still basically an "evil twin" schtick.

That's not a defense, mind you, I honestly wanted to see Marvel start going with more asymmetric match-ups since... well, since Iron Man 2. But it is DEFINITELY a theme they seem to love, so singling out Iron Man for comparison seems false all the same.

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kidra on 25th Jul 2015, 7:27 AM

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With that though, a lot of violations even in the comics are similar to the hero. I mean, almost all of spider-man's enemies are animal themed, and iron man has multiple tech enemies. The difference is that they've had years in the comics to also expand to the occasional different enemy.

Newcago on 27th Jul 2015, 12:55 PM

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I really liked Ant Man! I'd give it an 8.5 out of 10, which isn't bad considering I only gave Age of Ultron a 6.5. (Jurassic World was 9.5, Avengers 10, and The Winter Soldier 8.5, to give you some perspective on my personal rating system.) I'd put it on par with The Winter Soldier because TWS was too long and too repetitive, while Ant Man seemed to keep bringing something new to the table.

I liked the balance of humor and seriousness as well. My only real gripes are the horrible acting on the part of Scott's daughter (which is fair, because she's only a little girl) and the bland villain. Seriously, I don't even remember what he looked like. Standard white dude in a suit.
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