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Ant-Man!

I saw Antman the other day!

*Whew, I'm glad there was humour. It's such a cracky premise that I'd have been disappointed if they went for Serious Film.



*Scott Lang - surprisingly likable. +100, I prefer my protagonists likable.

*Adorable - his roommates/friendsish? Especially Luis! The enthusiasm was infectious. And the lip syncing was really funny. I hope we get to see Luis again.

*AUGH carpet of ants.

*Unfortunately having minions of ants kind of dehumanizes things; they're just a sea of red shirts. The Ant-ony steed tried to sort of bridge the gap but...not as effective. One of the things I liked about Avengers: Age of Ultron is that it showed the effects of the superheros on civilians and bystanders; you can't blow NY to smithereens and not have thousands of casualties which patently didn't happen in the Avengers. I'm not asking for gory shots of people dying and being maimed, but sometimes the casualness at which superheros destroy the things and people they are protecting is not really addressed.

*Also why it was cool that the whole building shrunk. I was not expecting that.

*ALSO ALSO I can't believe he had a tank shrunk down. That was an amazing line, when he said it wasn't just a keychain decoration and then the tank came crashing out the window. Talk about being prepared for...the worst eventuality, really.

*PEGGY SHOWS UP!! AAA
I'm really enjoying all the random Peggy cameos. And I'm so thrilled for the next season of Agent Carter.
Though I haven't a clue who half the other people are. This is why I have to reference wikipedia every time :P IMDB informs me that John Slattery played Howard Stark again, so I'm guessing he was there in that same scene.

*FALCON SHOWS UP!! I still think Falcon has the coolest armour. I'm sorry Tony Stark, your suit is nothing next to wings. And I think it's a good demonstration of what Antman can do.

*Also, I love that Scott is like "we need to call the Avengers" and Pym is like "NO I've spent all this time making sure my work doesn't fall into Howard Stark's hands, I'm not going to put it in Tony Stark's hands". 1, I like the integration of the Avengers (Falcon comes later) as of course if the Avengers are a public thing, people will think to call them for big events like this. 2, science feud! Would love to hear more. It fleshes out the world. Tony Stark and Stark Industries are not the only people in the world doing superhero-worthy science (that are not villains, or dead).

*Bucky shows up for literally half a second - enough to ID the shaggy hair and no more - and Cap shows up! And he and Sam are like "we can't tell the rest of the Avengers" which uh oh, but omg I am excited for Civil War, I really am. I hope we get to see more about Bucky. Like, you know, motivations, what's happened in the past 70 years, what happened in the past year or so since he and Steve fought, how is he coping, etc.

*The way Cassie, his daughter, is acted and written about isn't too bad. She was occasionally a bit too precocious and advanced the plot too perfectly, but she also was sort of the POV for the bit where Ant-Man and Yellowjacket fight on the train tracks. I also like that she liked the hideous bunny the most. I'm sure that annoyed both her parents equally.

*Speaking of parents, neither Maggie nor Paxton were shown negatively! It was great. I'm on their side re: Scott crashing his daughter's party--it's one thing to show up to your daughter's party but if you don't have custody or visitation rights and haven't seen her in ages and don't even tell her current guardians you're gonna visit, just spring up out of nowhere, that's not really okay. I get why Scott did it, but it also makes a lot of sense why Maggie and Paxton were unhappy about it. No drama from that quarter; Paxton genuinely loves Cassie too.

*LOL when Pym said he was forced out of his company because Hope was chairman and wanted to oust him. I had a "RL and fandom are colliding!" moment there.

*I can't believe they managed to squeeze in a scene involving the protagonist running through a city as it crashes and burns around him. Excellent job setting up the scene by having a scale model of the buildings.

*What an amazing futuristic room Cross keeps his inventions in!

*I still think Hope was rather squeamish for someone in her position. Surely she knows that the tech is destined for human usage...? I mean, she's working against him, but still.

*DOES THIS MEAN WE MIGHT SEE MORE WASP? WIKIPEDIA INFORMS ME LILLY SIGNED A MULTI-MOVIE CONTRACT SO I HOPE SOOOOO

*OK. My biggest beef with this movie, one of my few beefs: the ridiculous quantum shrinking. Look, I'm okay with Rule of Cool/Rule of Whimsy. I'm also okay with Boring but Realistic. This was neither. There weren't even neat or original trippy sequences to show shrinkage; it was a scene that could have come out of a low-budget movie that had a Z-plot about shrinking. It was such a let-down. Especially when there are really cool scenes with say the ants. They could have gone for some really original imaginings, but instead we get the lights floating in space, Scott floating in space...it wasn't even alarming. Even the music failed to really cue anything alarming or different. I'm so disappointed.

*That said, it was a fun movie.


Crosspost: http://silverflight8.dreamwidth.org/169230.html.

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evelyn_b
Jul. 28th, 2015 03:29 pm (UTC)
Falcon's suit is the best suit, no contest. It didn't get shown to best advantage in this movie, because he was getting beat up by an invisible Ant-Man the whole time, but it has wings! You can FLY AROUND LIKE A GIANT HUMAN BIRD, it's cool, ok?

I don't think I liked Ant-Man quite as much as you did, but I did enjoy it.

And I didn't love Janet being dead (she's one of my favorites in the animated Avengers) but I did appreciate that they established that Janet is only Marvel Dead and is now free to come back at any time. And the new prototype suit for Hope, who was obviously champing at the bit to superhero it up (though I was kind of annoyed that Pym didn't tell her about it sooner; the Pym family conflict felt a little forced to me).
silverflight8
Aug. 4th, 2015 08:15 pm (UTC)
WIIIINGSSS I hope we get to see Falcon in action lots.

I don't watch a lot of movies so I'm fairly unpicky (esp compared to novels, say). And I've never read/watched adaptations of the comics so I also don't know anything which helps because I have zero expectations :P

Yeah, if Scott could come back, she definitely could. And Hope better show up in the coming movies somehow. New gen Avengers?
hamsterwoman
Jul. 28th, 2015 04:05 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen it yet, but plan to (eventually) -- the humour in the trailer sold me on the movie where the premise seemed totally preposterous and I kind of hugely dislike ants, so, good job, trailer! :P I'm glad to hear the movie itself is funny, too.
silverflight8
Aug. 4th, 2015 11:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I go to the movies to enjoy them, not for other reasons, so I always prefer them to be lighter/funnier.

There are carpets-of-ants scenes, just so you know. They're not played in a gross way, but yeah, just in case you wanted to know.
hamsterwoman
Aug. 5th, 2015 12:09 am (UTC)
Ah, thank you for the ant-warning! I definitely appreciate being forewarned!
silverflight8
Aug. 6th, 2015 03:30 am (UTC)
No problem! I hope that if you do go see it you'll enjoy the film :)
tommy50702
Aug. 5th, 2015 08:30 am (UTC)
was all set to pass up the Ant Man movie thinking it did indeed look too farcical/slapstick - but went to see it anyway. I was pleasantly surprised.
silverflight8
Aug. 6th, 2015 03:31 am (UTC)
Yeah I definitely had a "they're making a movie about WHAT?" when I first heard about it, but I think it makes a pleasing addition. Superheros require a lot of suspension of disbelief anyway, and it's boring to watch the same sort of powers/same characters/same plot; differences and humour can really help.
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