Ant-Man was a fantastic film, it had a great balance of comedy and action, and the casting was perfect. As you have seen from my past reviews, I am a big time action movie fan, and Marvel hit this one out of the park when it comes to action. The idea of casting Paul Rudd as a super hero seemed a bit sketchy to me, but after seeing the advanced amount of humor in the film, I am glad they chose him. The character of Ant-Man is an extremely sarcastic and intelligent individual, who seemed to be thrown into a much larger world than he would have ever expected. The film is small within the scope of the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it leaves a large impression. The writing in the film was extremely clever, it played more like a comedy than a dramatic action film. Even with the deep drama going on in the narrative, there was never a moment when this film took itself too seriously. In a way it was like this movie made light of the whole dramatic world Marvel spent over 10 years creating, and I gladly accept this infusion of levity. If I can categorize this movie in the scope of the othe films in the MCU, I would call it the anti-Thor. The Thor movies always came off to me as dry with a bit of laughs thrown in, while Ant-Man takes a more comedic stance on drama. I would recommend this film to any comic book lover, but oddly enough, I would recommend it more to a comedy fan. The laughs were steady and warranted, and the actors made me feel like they would really exist in the world of the film. This movie is a low risk film for Marvel, they probably have no plans to make a sequel for this film, but after watching I would gladly pay to see Ant-Man return in his own solo film. I really enjoyed this film, and I can’t wait to see how they fit this wacky cast of characters into the future Marvel films.
Over the past weekend two major events took place in entertainment, both were drenched in an unbelievable amount of publicity, and both events received plenty of criticism for not living up to the hype. The two events I am referring two are “The Fight of the Century: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao,” and the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. I feel as though many people today are actually more interested in the publicity value of an event than the actual event, and this was shown perfectly by the amount of non boxing fans willing to spend 100 dollars to watch a sport in which they have no interest. Many people were upset with the lack of “action” in the boxing match, many people tuned in expecting to see Rocky 6, but were upset with the tactical nature of the match. I have watched many Mayweather fights, and he fought the same way he always does, he was never much of a puncher, and he eludes as many punches as he can. This boxing match was classic Mayweather, I feel as though the individuals who were disappointed in the match were just betrayed by the hype. The new Avengers movie had the same issue as the fight, many were unhappy with the action of the movie after all of the build up. I understand the poor reviews of the Avengers film since the last one was extremely action packed, but given the amount of characters they had to introduce, it would’ve been too hard to make the movie more action packed without splitting it into two films. I enjoyed both the boxing match and the film that was released this weekend, and while I respect the opinions of others, I think people need to taper their expectations and not give into the hype so easily. Hype is a machine used to get people excited for events, but it is ultimately the individual that must decide whether the event is worth their time and money.
At the end of this week, Marvel will be releasing their newest film to the United States. Avengers: Age of Ultron is the newest superhero team movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and early reviews have stated it lives up to the hype nicely. I was never the biggest comic book reader, but I was always intrigued by superheroes, and I love seeing any kind of literature brought to life on the “big screen.” Marvel and Disney have found a way to legitimize the comic book movie world by creating a central universe in which all of the characters from several different comics exist concurrently. In this Marvel Cinematic Universe, characters and elements of comic books interact seamlessly on the screen, effectively bringing life to the pictures from the childhood comics of many. The films based in the Marvel universe are usually written beautifully and often use ingenious methods to explain how it is possible for certain heroes to coexist. I love watching films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I am eagerly anticipating this week’s release as well as the next phase of marvel movies. Marvel is looking to monopolize the comic book movie world with their abundance of excellent titles, and I as a fan am nothing but excited for the future of these films.