Sunday, 16 August 2015

Ant-Man (2015)

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Cast

Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Douglas, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip "T.I." Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, John Slattery, Hayley Atwell, Abby Ryder Fortson, Gregg Turkington, Martin Donovan, Garrett Morris, Stan Lee, Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan

Storyline

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Opinion

When it comes to Marvel, I'm always excited for their new films. And since in my country it has been released only last Thursday, the excitement has grown exponentially - you know, basically the whole world has already seen it. I finally got to see it last night, and I'm happy to say it was worth the wait.

Visually beautiful, Ant-Man is a great, and funny cinematic adaptation of the famous Avenger - unknown to those who aren't readers of comic book, still he is one of the founders  -, plenty of action, and delivered by a mostly brilliant cast.

Director Peyton Reed simplified and changed a little the character's origins story to make a lighter version that could suit everyone, and it actually worked. The character of Scott Lang is well build up, and you will soon find yourself rooting for him. The story is smooth, and is never tedious. It is well balanced with the right amount of drama, and jokes, well placed when the film is about to become mawkish. The dialogue is good, and the jokes - I bet Paul Rudd wrote some of them - are spot on.

As mentioned before there is some great, tense action here - the ants scenes are spectacular. The 3D effects are few but well used - I'm not sure they are worth the extra money though.

Paul Rudd gives a solid and charismatic performance as Scott Lang, and manages to create a sympathy due his relationship with his daughter Cassie , played by Abby Ryder Fortson. Another great performance comes from Michael Douglas, which is fantastic as Hank Pym. Michael Peña is also great, and steals every scene he is in. Evangeline Lilly looks good with the bob cut, and delivers some emotions, but she's not that good. Corey Stoll was the perfect casting for Darren Cross/Yellowjacket. He can excellently play both the business man and the intimidating villain - I actually was expecting great things from the man who played Peter Russo in the Netflix drama House of Cards.

If you haven't seen the film yet - maybe it hasn't been released in your country, or you are waiting for the DVD release - remember that there are two extra scenes.


Quotes

Hank Pym: Second chances don't come around all that often. I suggest you take a really close look at it. This is your chance to earn that look in your daughter's eyes, to become the hero that she already thinks you are.

2 comments :

  1. Appena visto! Mi è piaciuto ma ho avuto la sensazione che mancasse qualcosa, non so perchè o.o

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  2. I am glad you were able to enjoy this one! I would rate it 3/5 and I did like it, but I couldn't love it too much. I just think the idea was a bit too bizarre and I couldn't relate. But I did like the main character's role and the humor was there!

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