Antman: Action with a Side of Comedy

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.

That face. XD I will admit the helmet is pretty funny looking. XP
That face. XD
I will admit the helmet is pretty funny looking though.

(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! ūüėČ )

Comics are not just for 10 -year-old boys

Seriously, they aren’t.

Comics are a wondrous sort of light reading, and I much appreciate their existence. Comics are fun and engaging. Having pictures there doesn’t make them childish; it only adds to the experience. Why are pictures associated with children? What’s wrong with picture books for young people and adults? The only thing that makes them children’s books is the wording. The sentences are pure and simple, often only one per page.¬†That’s what makes them “childish” — the cute little stories that teach morals and fail to interest older people. Pictures are a great visual with any-age reading.

And in comics, they’re perfect. A good artist and a good author make an excellent comic. Pairs of talented people can bring an idea and story to life. More like a movie than a normal book, you’re able to see what the creators want you to. You’re able to envision the characters and scenes just as they are. With the added visual artistry, the story is easier to imagine.

Even though comics are easier and quicker to read (less words on a page), the stories are no less intricate. Characters still change; the plot still moves; twists and turns can be found around the corner… Why do you think some popular novels are turned into graphic novels? And then there’s manga, notorious for their complicated and intricately woven story-lines.¬†Comics have their own charm. While they host a different experience than other types of reading, they are no less enjoyable (unless of course you just pick up a poorly executed one, which is just unfortunate then and inevitable).

I’ve been reading comics for quite some time. Of course, I started with daily funnies and Archies. (And to anyone out there who says those aren’t real comics,¬†shush! They most definitely are. They might not be long and full of plots, but they are most definitely fun!) As a kid, I loved the Sunday newspaper for the insert full of colorful comics. I looked for it weekly and was so disappointed if my dad didn’t buy the paper. And then¬†my mother introduced me to Archie.. I loved them. During the spring, starting¬†from my tween years, I’d earn $5 mowing the grass, and I’d always ask to go to the bookstore to purchase an Archie’s double digest. The whimsical tales of Riverdale High could be silly, but they were always a source of entertainment that brought a smile to my lips or laughter to my face. So I moved along with those for awhile, reading back through my collection of digests now and again. And then the few graphic novels like¬†Rapunzel’s Revenge¬†and of course the wonderful classics of Herg√©,¬†The Adventures of Tintin!¬†How I loved following Tintin and his dog Snowy around the world as he solved mysteries.

And then last year, my friend re-introduced me to superhero comics. I’ve always been a fan of superheroes and had read some of the original The Amazing Spiderman issues,¬†so I was eager to jump in. The action packed graphic novels thrill. The art is amazing and the story-lines intriguing. Of course, I liked some comics more than others. Some dragged a little more and some the art was kinda lame, but most of them were entertaining and fun. And at no point did I feel like they were written just for boys as a few of my friends liked to tease me about. Girls are perfectly capable of reading and¬†enjoying comic books. Just as we can enjoy a well-written book, our minds can also enjoy a well-executed comic. Of course comics aren’t for everyone. I can’t except you all to like everything I do.¬†Do you know there’s some folks out there who can’t even stand glitter?!?!¬†But the demographic of comic lovers isn’t limited to children and definitely not just boys.

Try them out. It can’t hurt you. It won’t take up much of your time to read a comic, and trust me, once you do, you’ll want to pick up another.There’s so many comics out there for whatever you’re interested in.¬†Some are more light-hearted while others are dark. You can find silly stories in such things as Archie comics, serious drama in manga, action with the superheroes — if you have a favorite superhero, that’s a good place to start. You’ll see so many variations of your hero and you’ll find the author and illustrator that capture her or him perfectly.¬†Go! Pick up a comic, open the front cover, and begin your visual adventure!