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Review: Ant-Man


Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU) closes Phase Two with an enormously tiny bang. Stunning visuals, big laughs; Ant-Man is a fun heist film at its core. 

Paul Rudd, who you will know from his hilarious comedy roles, is crafty burglar Scott Lang, struggling to transition back to reality after just being released from prison. Unable to hold a job and distanced from his wife and daughter, Lang is pressured to do one last heist job. Little did he know, that this would lead him to become the smallest superhero on Earth.

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Character development and pacing are a bit of a problem in this film. It sort of feels like we’re not shown the start of the film, like there is a previous film which is about how Lang came to be in prison to start with. It’s not crucial to the plot, but it just stuck out as something we would expect to see, as an audience member. And the antagonist of the film, played by Corey Stoll, is obviously evil from the start. If he had a single redeeming feature about him, this film would have had a depth, which it sorely needs.

Now, if you’re like me, you were incredibly disheartened by the departure of Edgar Wright from this project last year. He is a huge fan of Ant-Man, had been working on this film way before the MCU started. If the Cornetto Trilogy and Scott Pilgrim are anything to go by, then Wright’s Ant-Man would have had a starkly different aesthetic. Despite Wright’s absence, his style has been encompassed in some sequences, most notably the heist planning scene. Peyton Reed is the director who took over after Wright. “Peyton who?” I can hear you all say. You guys don’t know Peyton Reed, legendary director of Bring It On? Yeah, me either. I had to IMDB him.

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Okay, so this film looks remarkable. Imagine Honey, I Shrunk The Kids on the scale of Inception. I saw the film at IMAX Melbourne, the 3rd Largest Cinema Screen in the world, and I would highly recommend seeing it in IMAX. The scale of the screen makes Ant-Man look like the size of a flea compared to the gargantuan world around him. This is hands-down the best thing about Ant-Man. A few shots are really psychedelic and looked AMAZING in 3D, like a massive kaleidoscope. Seriously, I implore you to see this in 3D. I’m not just saying that because the Animation Company for the film is based in Melbourne.

Ant-Man is good, but I can’t help thinking it would have been something better if Edgar Wright had been director. It’s an enjoyable ride, and a different direction for the MCU to take, while remaining integrated seamlessly. If you’re a big fan, be sure to stay until after the credits. Stay tuned for Captain America: Civil War.


Review by Ben Abbott

Review: Ant-Man
July 15, 2015
7/10
Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU) closes Phase Two with an enormously tiny bang. Stunning visuals, big laughs; Ant-Man is a fun heist film at its core.
7 Overall Score
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Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU) closes Phase Two with an enormously tiny bang. Stunning visuals, big laughs; Ant-Man is a fun heist film at its core.

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