Thursday, July 16, 2015
Ant-Man isn't the disaster that we feared but it's not an unqualified success either.
Review by Matt CummingsAmong the oldest Avengers in Marvel Comics, Ant-Man is also the least appreciated. He has neither the hammer nor the iron suit, and his ability to grow multi-stories or shrink to the tiniest proportions still didn't make him more popular compared to The Hulk. Thus when Marvel Studios announced a standalone Ant-Man movie, average viewers had every right to ask, "Who?" A troubled production almost from the beginning, the movie replaced its director/visionary Edgar Wright with comedic helmer Peyton Reed, and then proceeded to bore audiences, both at 2014's San Diego Comic-Con and with a less-than-memorable marketing campaign. And while the final version isn't the disaster I expected, it certainly misses a lot. Jurassic World, arising as nothing more than a concerned mother and divorcee. There are definitely elements of Wright's original script here (he's given credit as well), which include a few funny re-tellings of conversations with actors saying the same words as Pena is speaking over. However, the jokes didn't land with the smattering of a test audience that showed up, nor did those various dramatic elements. It's only near the end that Ant-Man becomes something truly unique, but that time is all too fleeting before an odd ending is shoehorned in, placing an emphatic question mark on the whole thing. The bigger question of whether a human could exist shrunken to an ant's world is handled fairly well, with Rudd forced to run so much that I wondered how he could escape things around him that were moving much faster. Considering that we've not seen shrunken people since Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, that CGI is believable. Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.