Just look at that poster... it just screams 'money grab' or 'cash cow' or 'give us money' or whatever to me. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I detest Marvel. Apart from 'Guardians of the Galaxy', I find their movies to be flat, uninspired, only slightly amusing, and ultimately empty. This is because every single one of them leads on to another segment of the cinematic universe we hear so much about. Probably the greatest evidence of this was 'Age of Ultron', which was so forgettable, and just a piece of consumerist crap from start to finish. The whole thing was just a setup to another movie.... HOW CAN THAT BE GOOD!?! The only exception to this rule is, of course, the widely lauded Guardians of the Galaxy , which used nostalgia and an awesome soundtrack to enhance its (fairly awesome) story-line. But you know what I thought its real success was? That it felt like a complete film, and not just another step in a line of build up pieces.
So no, I was not looking forward to seeing Ant-Man.
The first two acts almost confirmed my suspicion... For a start, the exposition scene is just downright shit. It's set in a laboratory, and is all kinds of awful.Firstly, the prosthetics/CGI suck so bad (it was obvious that faces were altered to look younger). Secondly, the acting is probably the worst I've EVER seen in a blockbuster (yep it's true, Marvel have reached a new low). And finally, it's just so damn boring. I was ready to give it one star right then and there. However, as we got to meet the Paul Rudd Character, the film started to improve (in fact, it might have reached 3 stars in my opinion if not for a racist stereotype Hispanic guy, a racist stereotype black guy, and a racist stereotype Russian guy). Paul Rudd exerts a charming presence on the screen, and it's almost enough to forgive the previous sins.
|This is all kinds of shit......|
Alas, I had arrived at my predicted grade: 2 stars. Writing this blog, I have not yet had the chance to dip below 3 stars, so I was excited.
|The villain, who only REALLY appears in the third act...|
So, what does it get? The first two acts are worth two stars (and I'm being generous there). And the third is worth more like four. So, I think it's worth watching purely for that, and it gets 3.
|Ant-Man gets 3 stars!|