Hi there. Welcome to merewordsandopionions.
This place literally will be a place full of words and opinions. I run a youtube channel that is largely on movie reviews (which you can check out right over here SGCtellandshow ). I’ve been reviewing movies on youtube for about four years now. This whole time I did my reviews without a script and it was very ‘organic / train of thought’ type of reviews. Recently I realize I would do a lot better in terms of structuring my reviews if I wrote things down. So yes this is the place where my reviews will be written.
I am not entirely sure how I will record my reviews once I have these things written down. Ideally I will write a review for a movie and then record it and follow the points that I made in the written review. Largely in part it will keep me from jumping from point to point inconsistently.
An example of my reviews would be that I talk about all the good things about a film and then move on to the bad and while talking about the bad I remember a good thing and then I start talking about that good thing. I look back and really wish that all the ‘good’ stuff of the movie was placed in the ‘good’ part rather than have one good thing pop up in the ‘bad’ part of the review. I hope that was clear and not confusing.
One major difference between here and my youtube will be that I will just put my thoughts here and skip the listing of information about the movie as in director/cast/producer/distrubuting company and what have you. I will mention these things but not list them out.
Right now I feel the structures of these written reviews will be:
Social Commentary (if there is any) – as in the pre-production stories/headlines
Parts I liked (though if its things such as I like this character but I didn’t like this character, i’ll put it in here rather than in the next part so then all the ‘character’ stuff is in the same place)
Part I dislike / Parts I wish was done better
Overall feeling / Social Commentary (if there is any)
All in all, this place will also be a place where I can hopefully improve on my written English as well as I have hardly written much ever since I graduated university. So yeah, not much else to be said about this place.
And with that, please enjoy the first written review of merewordsandopionions: Ant-Man
I’m not really sure how Marvel even decided to release this movie less than 3 months after Age of Ultron. It seems a tad underwhelming wouldn’t you think? You have Age of Ultron, which has all the Avengers and then some on one hand and then you have Ant-Man on the other, by his lonesome. How does that even compare? And plus this Ant-Man guy sounds stupid to people who haven’t even heard of him. I mean seriously a dude that fights with ants or has some sort of ant power? Those things don’t necessarily scream WATCH ME! Also ant MAN just begs to be compared to iron MAN or spider MAN so this movie may potentially not have a lot going for it.
And for those in the ‘know’ Edgar Wright was the original screen writer and director and he wrote this for years and was totally about to direct this and something happened and he walked. Having a director walk out production so close to first day of shooting does not also scream WATCH ME. But I highly doubt general audiences would know/search that stuff up so it doesn’t necessarily affect ‘general’ audiences expectations.
Personally I don’t know how this film is actually sandwiched between AOE and Civil War. I find that a bigger problem now that I’m writing this. But enough about all that, let’s get on with the movie.
It was fine.
This movie for the first 45 minutes really made me forgot that it was connected to the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe except for the very beginning with the whole old Agent Carter thing. I would definitely say this is the breath of fresh air we all needed after AOE. I mean sure Guardians did that but it was still ‘wacky’ enough that you would consider it a superhero / marvel film. But here with Ant-Man, it’s just a heist film about a thief who is trying to redeem himself but then he gets roped into this whole scheme about saving the world. So there’s that. And even when it went full on connecting to the rest of MCU it was done very well. As that fight with Falcon really did feel like an issue of a comic and it was just great fun that they would pull jokes, action AND connecting MCU tissue in that plot arc. So applause there.
The shrinking action was enjoyable even though it has been done in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids back in 1989 but then again a lot of ‘general audiences’ might have forgotten or haven’t even seen that film so the shrinkage works here. It also lends itself well when Scott Lang is being trained and you as an audience get to understand everything with Scott and its not just an exposition narrative explaining things to the audiences for the sake of explaining. So I give it points that it includes the audiences and moves the story at the same time.
Speaking of Scott, Paul Rudd as him was done well. The comedy chops were there but he is playing the role that he normally plays in most films so its a rather safe role for him and it works here. Actually everyone plays their roles well here though that can be largely due to in part that the characters were not complex to begin with. Though I would say the Scott’s crew was the highlight in terms of characterization and it was fun to have them around, especially Michael Pena who was just all fun.
My biggest gripe in terms of characters with the film is how they used Evangeline Lily. With Hope I had really hope they would bank on her and make her a lot bigger and on par with the other females of the MCU but they didn’t. Rather she was just there to be angry about people around her. And it is just so sad. I mean they do show what happens to her in future films at the end credit scene, I just wish they used her better and made her a contender of her own as well rather than just shoving her into these stereotypical female business roles.
Another gripe is the villain. Corey Stoll plays Yellow Jacket. A dude with the same power set as Ant-Man but add on with lazers. I just find it a tad bit boring. I mean really, it’s just Iron Man all over again. I feel that back then it was fine. But now that we’ve seen so many villains, it just gets exhausting to see another one with the same power-set as the hero. I really wish villians would do things differently to the hero. This is why I was looking forward to the Mandarin immensely when he was announced as the villain in Iron Man 3 cause it was tech vs. magic. How cool is that?
Anyway, power-set is an issue but another issue I have is the whole treatment of Marvel villains. I feel that they are mostly introduced well and their motivation in context to the hero is explained well but THROUGHOUT the film they get pretty predictable and boring. I wish villains were all memorable and not just Loki memorable but in their own rights in terms of character. Darren Cross was strange and hell-bent from the get-go so for him to stay the same and pretty much plateau in character is just lazy and boring. The worst part is that there is a part where they could have pretty much made him psychotic and just batshit crazy. But they didn’t or they didn’t address it. Seriously from killing a man to kidnapping a child, why couldn’t there be some sort of character development put in there. Sure you could say, isn’t killing your mentor a step of crazy already? Yes, but it is in line with his whole character throughout the film. If he broke the line and went to the point where he thought killing children was acceptable, I would say he went even MORE crazy and that should have been addressed.
I mean really a superhero film is only as strong as its villain. Look at Spider-Man 2, Doc Ock vs. Spidey was great. Good guy turn bad = change of character / development. Claws vs Web = different power-set. Even Spider-Man 1 did it right with the whole Goblin thing. It just seems that all the Marvel films just can’t get that down. If you were wondering, I would put Red Skull / Malekith under ‘strength’. Ronan would have worked but his character was just forgettable. Anyway we are getting off track here.
Now moving forward, I wonder how Ant-Man will be used in the upcoming Civil War as you can tell from the end credits, it will be an interesting dynamic with Scott and the Avengers since Scott was trained by a man who didn’t really like the Avengers. Inner conflict will be interesting for future films to come. And I don’t mean the science bickering from Stark and Banner but just straight up “I don’t really like how you guys do things” attitude that potentially might rub off Hank to Scott.
So all in all, Ant-Man was enjoyable. Though ideally I wish the MCU wasn’t going FULL THROTTLE wilth all these HUGE story arcs. I feel that if Ant-Man came out earlier like around the first Avengers, it would feel more at home. Ant-Man is following a huge team film and then its followed by heavy story focused / risk everywhere films like Captain 3 and Thor 3 and I see it being affected and that it might potentially be forgotten in the upcoming year. Actually, I take that back, it is being forgotten cause a lot of people are just thinking about the 3s rather than a new character. So I would recommend Ant-Man as it is different as in how Guardians was different to the rest of MCU, but this time its much closer to home as it is literally taking place on Earth rather than in the far far away of space.