Great things DO come in small packages. Antman was terrific!
I wasn’t sure going in how it would be. To be perfectly honest, the trailer made me chuckle not in the oh-haha-that’s-funny-let’s-watch sort of way but rather the oh-dear-this-looks-so-incredibly-lame sorta way. And then I heard some feedback that the movie itself was cheesy, so I was thinking it would probably be a Redbox watch in a few months. But my younger brother was dying to see it, and it is Marvel, so yesterday my family drove off to see it.
It was not at all a disappointment. Marvel totally knows how to bring it!
Although the premise of the story did seem a little lame at first, (I mean what sort of awesome power is shrinking and riding on ants?) the movie was very well executed in such that it became an engaging adventure that kept you hooked. The plot was perfect for the material. It made Antman important and necessary, making him just as lovable a hero as Cap or Ironman.
There was a lot of CG and special effects that was necessary, especially since there were many scenes with ants working with Scott, and you can’t train real live ants to do what these movie ants were doing. There were also backgrounds and effects that needed to be created to fit with Scott’s ant-like size such as water droplets that were now as big as him, the horror of filling bathtub from an ant’s point of view, or walking through grass as if it were a jungle. The producers obviously had the money to front for this CG as it was done very well. The actors were also well-trained and equipped with the necessary skills for a positive cinematic experience. I think the casting was very well done. Every actor fit their assigned role. The storyline was very good. It had the action you expect from a Marvel movie, as well as the relationship drama emotions that weren’t overdone. There was a bit more of family feel as Scott is a divorced dad who really loves his young daughter and is willing to go to great lengths to get the chance to see her.
Antman was more comedic than most of the recent Marvel films, but it wasn’t a cheesy sort of comedy that interrupted a good action film. It just made the movie more fun. It was still able to keep a serious tone as necessary when taking down villains and preventing people from potentially taking over the world. Most of the lovable comedy came from the personality of the character of Scott Lang and his buddies. Scott’s a carefree guy with a solid heart who knows how to use sarcasm, can drop those funny lines during a serious moment, and has the quirks to make for a fun personality. And then he has his friends who can be over-the-top or simply comedic, but they’ll still get the job done.
With the action you expect from a Marvel film, well-done CG and special effects, and a main character that can’t help but make you smile, Antman is a definite win! It will be enjoyed by superhero fans, kids, and even parents who aren’t so much into “those violent things you kids watch these days.” It’s a lighthearted yet serious adventure worth watching.
(And the two credit scenes are wonderful. As any Marvel fan knows, you can’t leave the theater before watching the credits, and there’s two end scenes packed into the Antman credits. The last one made me squeal as I loved the characters who made their cameos. I can’t tell you who they are though! Go watch it and see for yourself! 😉 )