Ant-Man (Movie Review)

Ant-ManI have difficulty with shape-shifting stories. Shape shifting does not account for mass. Shrinking your body down to the size of an ant, well, that would be one heavy ant. However, if your story starts with, “This is going to be weird,” at that point you can lead me wherever you want to go.

There used to be an Ant-Man, but there were risks associated with the technology so he hid it away. Technology has a way of resurfacing. You can try to hide an invention. Someone else will reinvent it, and not always with good intentions. Doctor Pym, Michael Douglas, finds himself in that situation. His Ant-Man technology is about to be rediscovered with ill intentions. He enlists the clever but down-and-out Scott Lang, Paul Rudd, to destroy the revisionist work of Darren Cross, played by Corey Stoll. Thus, Ant-Man is reborn to do battle with the mentally twisted Yellowjacket.

This is a fun movie. From the outset, the story makes it clear not all questions will be answered or even addressed. It is an action story for the fun of it, not one meant to be picked apart. It is a bit tongue-in-cheek and full of humor. The movie manages to keep both high and low brows entertained and engaged.

All the actors do great work, especially Scott Lang’s crew, portrayed by Michael Peña, David Dastmalchian, and T.I.. The direction and cinematography is well done. The score moves along very well. An aside here – no end-credit pop-jingle, thank goodness. Do be aware, there is not one but two closing credit Marvel universe teasers. If you wait for one teaser and then leave, you will have walked out too soon. Heck, wait through all of the credits anyway. Enjoy the music – you paid for it.

Lately I have been noticing more continuity difficulties in big budget movies. In one shot, the guy’s nose is bloodied, in the next not so much and while he holds a handkerchief, there isn’t a drop of blood on it. In one shot, someone is wearing glasses, in the next they are not. Continuity is difficult, I admit. Multiple takes, at times shooting the same scene across several days, makes it difficult to be sure that everything is in the same place. I wonder, as movie budgets grow, how much more difficult it becomes given that non-production echelon may poke their nose in, demanding some line or action be cut, thus clipping away at the continuity. I am just saying that I noticed a few of these time-and-space jumps. I doubt most people will. They certainly do not distract from the movie.
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The movie is PG-13, mostly due to appropriate adult language. While action packed, little can be called violence. The 3D is well done.

Well worth the ticket.

About Sifu Keith Mosher

My new book, "Astro Boy, Sensei, and Me" is available now, as is my Sci-Fi joy ride, "On a Sphere's Edge". I have a Bachelor of Media Arts degree from USC. I have been an Audio Producer / Engineer, a Law Office Manager, and I am currently an Author and a Martial Arts Instructor.
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