Published on July 17th, 2015 | by Robert Franklin0
//Review – Ant-Man
Director: Peyton Reed (Bring It On, Down With Love)
Writer: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll
I went into this movie with boiled down expectations…
See, I’d been following all things Ant-Man ever since it was announced that Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, World’s End, Scott Pilgrim) would be at the helm.
…and then there was that Ant-Man test footage that leaked that showed off what I assume was some Edgar Wright magic.
And then Edgar Wright goes splitsville with Marvel.
Citing creative differences, how Wright’s vision didn’t line up with what Marvel was wanting to do with their films.
And then Joss Whedon:
And James Gunn:
“Sometimes you have friends in a relationship. You love each of them dearly as individuals and think they’re amazing people. When they talk to you about their troubles, you do everything you can to support them, to keep them together, because if you love them both so much doesn’t it make sense they should love each other? But little by little you realize, at heart, they aren’t meant to be together – not because there’s anything wrong with either of them, but they just don’t have personalities that mesh in a comfortable way. They don’t make each other happy. Although it’s sad to see them split, when they do, you’re surprisingly relieved, and excited to see where their lives take them next.
“It’s easy to try to make one party ‘right’ and another party ‘wrong’ when a breakup happens, but it often isn’t that simple. Or perhaps it’s even more simple than that – not everyone belongs in a relationship together. It doesn’t mean they’re not wonderful people.
“And that’s true of both Edgar Wright and Marvel. One of them isn’t a person, but I think you get what I mean.”
And then more Joss Whedon on his experience with Marvel while making Avengers: Age of Ultron:
“The dreams were not an executive favorite either — the dreams, the farmhouse, these were things I fought to keep … With the cave, it really turned into: they pointed a gun at the farm’s head and said, “Give us the cave, or we’ll take out the farm,” — in a civilized way. I respect these guys, they’re artists, but that’s when it got really, really unpleasant.” – More here: http://www.ew.com/article/2015/05/05/joss-whedon-avengers-marvel-cuts
So after all that, my excitement was pretty tepid.
I was pretty bummed that Edgar Wright wouldn’t be bringing his ADD style to Ant-Man… instead we get the Down With Love / Bring It On guy?
So as for the movie… SEE! I’m sure after reading all that you’re expectations have been lowered, right?!
But go see it! It was FUN!
It’s the first Marvel movie that wasn’t all SUPERHERO! CHARGE! EXPLOSIONS!
It was part comedy / heist movie.
There were laughs, action, cameos, and Paul Rudd!
Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly are great additions to the cast and add some solid memorable characters.
Michael Peña and T.I. were great as well!
Marvel is doing a solid job of expanding their cinematic universe, something that DC/EveryOtherStudio has failed miserably at.
Not only that, you feel the quality of care that Marvel has with their own characters, you know Marvel has their movie fans AND their comic book fans in mind (another thing DC/FOX/EveryOtherStudio has failed miserably at).
Definitely a solid entry to the MCU.
*oh, there are TWO after credit scenes*
Personally, I really couldn’t watch everything without thinking… “Edgar Wright would’ve done it better.”
Summary: Shrinking, Ants, Giant Size, Paul Rudd!