Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ant Man

Ant-Man is a movie so hokey in so many places that at times I could barely stand to watch it.  The premise is not very believable, the acting in places is questionable, and much of the story seems silly.  Evangeline Lilly of LOST fame seems poorly utilized in this movie, and so does Michael Douglas.  

The people who stand out are Paul Rudd as the protagonist, and Michael Peña as Luis who adds some great comic relief in a movie that desperately needs it.  Michael Peña plays the same comic character he always plays, but here he does it with such style that it elevates the movie.  Anthony Mackie also adds some style to the film with his brief appearance as Falcon.  Unfortunately, these are the only characters I really liked in the movie.

The execution of the film is mostly good, although in a couple of places it kind of falls flat.  What it lacks, besides more good characters, is a believable story.

Fortunately, there are a couple of good payoffs at the end.  (There is also an easter egg at the end of the credits.)  The action helps carry the film despite so many obvious flaws.  This raises movie from mostly-stupid to borderline watchable.  I have to admit that when I wasn't annoyed at how silly the movie is, I enjoyed what I was seeing.

For these reason I am giving the movie a very weak recommendation.  If your expectation is that the movie is not going to be very believable, then you can enjoy it for what it is.

Rating:  *  * 1/2

How the film got 80% on Rotten Tomatoes is a mystery to me.

Ant-Man cost a $130 million dollars to make.  With that kind of money, could they not have made a better movie?  With Star Wars The Force Awakens a week away, it makes me wonder if Disney knows how to make a decent movie?

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