Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Ant-Man: This Is No Small Movie
Talk about surpassing expectations. When I first saw the movie poster for Ant-Man, I thought, "Really Marvel? This is stupid. Do you really expect me to believe yet another one of your superheroes? I mean ... being small is a superpower. Really?"
But then after seeing a trailer that didn't look so bad, I figured it was worth a try. Even though it's another one of those Marvel-formula movies, it was surprisingly funny, original, entertaining, and sufficiently action-packed.
In fact, among the Marvel movies, I'd place this one near the top. I enjoyed Ant-Man more than both Avengers movies, and maybe even more than the first Thor. I even laughed much harder than I did with Guardians of the Galaxy, even though the latter was overall funnier.
My only complaint (aside from inconsistent science, which I don't care much about) is that the writers chose to place Ant-Man in the same Avenger universe. The movie does so well as a standalone, it doesn't need that extra baggage. The tie-in felt forced and unnecessary, but yet still entertaining and funny. The writers will do what they do, and they evidently have future plans for Ant-Man.
Perhaps after the movie's successful opening we should hope to see him again sometime soon. Count me in!