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Ant-ManDiminutive but Entertaining

by Yo Snyder | 2015-07-17 | Movies, Reviews
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is in that challenging and awkward stage where every new movie must somehow not only stand on its own, but also somehow weave its way into the larger MCU tapestry. Ant-Man does an admirable job of balancing those needs, better than even Age of Ultron (which was really more of a bridge to what’s to come rather than a movie in and of its own). Ant-Man establishes its new and quirky hero entirely on his own merits while at the same time hinting at what his role may be in the larger scheme of things. It’s also one of Marvel’s more off-beat movies, ala Guardians of the Galaxy, but whereas Guardians had this sort of easy-going charm, Ant-Man at times just feels like it’s trying too hard, which leaves some parts of the movie feeling forced, contrived, or derivative. Still, in light of some of its production troubles and less recognizable hero, Ant-Man ends up being a fun if forgettable entry into the larger MCU. The best parts in Ant-Man are the extremely creative action scenes, which all use the shrinking aspect of the hero to excellent effect. It’s hard to do anything truly “different” with superheroes these days, what with big screen crowded with so many of them, so to see a different type of super hero action – some that didn’t include the destruction of a city for change – is nicely refreshing. However, while this aspect is one of the standout aspects of the film, most of the rest doesn’t quite reach the same heights. I think one of the problems is this film being in the shadow of Guardians of the Galaxy. That movie was quirky, funny, and weirdly charming. Ant-Man seems to be going for the same vibe, but often just feels like it’s trying too hard whereas Guardians was felt much more effortless. Had Ant-Man come out first, it might have been that “unique, quirky” super hero movie we hadn’t seen before, but as it is (and though it may not even be the case), it feels at times like... read
 

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