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Sound Off: Peyton Reed's 'Ant-Man' Movie - So What Did You Think?

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July 17, 2015

Ant-Man

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Heroes don't come any bigger. Time to meet Ant-Man. The new Marvel movie is playing in theaters! Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed, starring Paul Rudd & Michael Douglas, is now playing in theaters everywhere. Another new origin story from Marvel, this time introducing us to Scott Lang as Ant-Man, a superhero who can shrink in size and communicate with ants. He ends up going against Corey Stoll as the villain Yellowjacket. The cast includes Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Bobby Cannavale and Judy Greer. So how is it? Did Marvel make another hit or dud? How is Rudd? Once you've seen it yourself, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Marvel's Ant-Man.

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To fuel the fire (now that I've caught up and seen the film): I enjoyed Ant-Man, but found it very tame, very safe. Nothing spectacular, nothing out of the ordinary, just another typical Marvel movie. Paul Rudd was one of the best parts, his dead pan humor worked for the character and he seemed to be having fun. The villain, on the other hand, was considerably weak and really had no character development or arc (though Corey Stoll was okay in the role). Which is the usual for Marvel, all the villains are fairly weak and never amount to much except "I am evil!" That means it's enjoyable to watch Ant-Man rise to the responsibility of a superhero, but his foe wasn't much of a match. His foe is pretty much the weakest link in it, unfortunately.

There are some very interesting moments, and the action is the best part about the movie. I was impressed by their creative use of the shrinking mechanism, and the way they really went all out with wrangling ants and the power that comes with this device. The "sub-atomic" aspect was really fascinating, though the final sequence where he goes that far reminded me of Interstellar more than anything. He even needed the fifth dimension of love to find his way back to his daughter! Sub-atomic, black hole, they're all the same, I guess. I'm also conflicted on all the teases in this movie, from the Wasp storyline to Hank Pym's past, all of it being setup for future movies. Is it all just more teasing? Or is Marvel getting better at interconnected characters?

Ant-Man

What did you think of Peyton Reed's Ant-Man? Another great Marvel movie or total disaster?
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  • Ozzy Brooks
    It was put together nicely, thumbs up very enjoyable
  • Jon Odishaw
    I thought it was an entertaining heist comedy that got remarkably epic in the third act. I would have loved to have seen Edgar Wrights version but Payton Reed held his own. I was Impressed.
  • Randall13
    Little predictable (and I didn't know anything about the character). Fun summer movie. Good all the way around, but not great.
  • 1ftninja
    About the movie: I thought it was quite enjoyable. Sure there were a few elements that needed some work, but like Winter Soldier, it is a different type of film from the other movies to date. Be interesting to see what they do with the Phase 3 films...
  • TK
    Was put together nicely. Had funny moments but overall very underwhelming considering where the MCU is at, at the moment.
  • Blake
    Why make this post at all though when Jeremy's review is just two posts below it?
    • "I still want to open up the discussion anyway..." So that people can comment with their own reviews here (as opposed to in Jeremy's review).
      • txJM
        "Open up discussion..." "Comment removed" "Comment removed"
        • Jon Odishaw
          Maybe quit being a little bitch
        • At the end of every single Sound Off post we've ever posted, it states: "We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!" Pretty clear to me.
          • txJM
            Well, at least I can consider my removed comment validated.
          • You're learning!
          • txJM
            Alex, all trolling aside: your staff has a great sense of humor.
      • Tester
        This separate post allows spoilers and post discussions.
  • Dubmaster2010
    I loved the movie very much!!! A very grounded main character. So many funny moments, perfect cast and very creative!!! I hope it will be a success and we will see Ant-Man 2 in the future! Can't wait to see him in Civil War. But i am going mad about the many seens from the trailer they didn't use in the final film. I love those scenes and i am sad that they don't use them. IS IT TO LATE TO CHANGE THE NAME???
  • TheOct8pus
    I'm going to see it in a few hours. How bad can it be? I'm pretty excited
    • Dubmaster2010
      You will enjoy it! And there are two Scenes in the credits!!! So keep waiting till the credits are completly done! :-)
      • TheOct8pus
        Thanks DM! I just saw it.... I know a guy....
        • Dubmaster2010
          I hope you enjoyed the movie too :-) I am from germany and i am very happy that i got tickets for the pre-preview. In germany the movie starts regulary on 23rd July! :-) But some cinemas showed a sneak preview...lets wait and see...can't wait to see Ant-Man to Pop up in Civil War :-)
        • Tester
          Well Oct8, what's the verdict ?
          • TheOct8pus
            I enjoyed it. It wasn't the greatest Marvel film, but it was still better than any Thor movie. It had a lot of heart and some nice tie-ins to the overall universe. However, there was so much Edgar Wright that the non-Edgar Wright scenes were so obvious and inferior. Paul Rudd made a good hero in my opinion and Michael Douglas was awesome as the old mentor. I'd give it a 7 out of 10.
          • Tester
            Thanks dude, I appreciate your opinion.. I think I will wait till video.
  • Dubmaster2010
    Let's call her "AVENGERLINE LILLY" now 😀
  • Neuromancer
    As far as Marvel films go, I'd rank it higher than average, not at the top but definitely a solid Marvel installment. Had fun watching it. The interaction between Ant-Man and Falcon felt pretty good and I'm looking forward to see more of that. I think Paul Rudd as an actor and the Ant-Man character will do well when paired up with another hero (or the Avengers). Unique environments, like the first shrinking scene in the tub and party were great to see. It's nice to see a grand third act without destruction on a massive scale (besides the Pym building implosion).
  • Dubmaster2010
    I red about the "low" box office success yesterday. I hope the movie will grow slowly in result of good critics and reviews. Some movies need some time to inspire the crowd...hopefully it will be successful at all :-) Ant-Man got a potential to be one of my favored characters. I NEED A SEQUEL!!! 😀 Even if there's only a free slot for it in 2019 😛
    • TheOct8pus
      It's been #1 two weeks in a row at the US box office, so it can be considered a hit.
  • Alexander Scott
    Hey notice a lot of outlandish shit being said on the other Antman post, so going to stay away from that one! Alex, can I just say, I think you guys do a great job, I look forward to seeing what you post everyday and have been following this blog for years now. So thanks for all your hard work and keep smiling!
  • jimfromtoto
    I cant say the movie sucked because it didn't, I cant say the movie was great because it wasn't. This was a mediocre safe movie in the MCU. It had so much potential to be more. Paul Rudd played his character with almost zero expression on his face. ZERO. The flattest performance ever. I wanted to punch him in the face to wake him the fuck up. The cute little girl who played his daughter out acted him by a mile. Fuck the CGI ants out acted him also!! I was more connected to the fucking ants then him. John Pena stole the show. The editing and pace of the movie was horrible as was the direction. I wanted to hate the movie but the only thing that saved this movie was the fact that it was fucking Ant Man. Yup sitting in the theatre watching an Ant Man movie. Kinda cool but also kinda fucking childish. It needed to be way more fun then it was. Its not going to do well. The theatre I was in had only 1/3 of the seats with people in them and word of mouth is going to suck on this one. For an opening weekend it does not look like this has drawn any interest from people who are not MCU fans. Disney made the right choice when they first picked Edgar Wright to direct this. But you could see Disney all over this movie in making this a safe as shit movie. its a meh.
    • Jon Odishaw
      Michael Pena
  • dangeer
    I had fun the entire time during this movie. The story was interesting and engaging, the characters were fun and likeable, the direction and pacing was quite unique for a Marvel movie, and the effects were of course outstanding. Hard to say I'd want more out of this film. It is not my #1 favorite MCU film, but it's in the Top 5 for sure. Loved it.
  • BNN667
    It was a decent film, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but though slightly above average in the Marvel movie universe it did suffer from a mediocre plot.
  • Payne by name
    I have to say that I enjoyed the film. Maybe my expectations were a little lower going in than they had been for Ultron and hence I wasn't therefore disappointed. It felt like a perfect counterpoint to Ultron's overcrammed roster and bombastic filled to the gunnels approach. It was smaller, it was more intimate and it was more fun. Rudd, Douglas and Pena were great to see and I enjoyed their interactions. The scenes with Falcon were good and I like the angle of Ant man potentially being the fly in the ointment and being slightly off the grid of the Avengers. It sat nicely in the MCU and I liked the fact that Pym was a little dismissive of the Avengers. I think a bit of rivalry or ego between inventors has a useful place. I agree that the bad guy felt a little underdeveloped though I respected the makers showing him turning people and animals into gloop before he perfected his technique. The romance angle felt a bit tenuous and I think I would have preferred if they hadn't gone down that angle. There were less action scenes than a normal Marvel film but this then gave them more weight when they did happen and I really enjoyed the going big and going small transitions. I really liked the fight in a briefcase and the one in Cassie's room. Even though the going sub atomic scene had been telegraphed, I still enjoyed how he was punching his way through the layers of the Hornets suit as he shrank giving him a particularly unpleasant death. Him getting out of the sub atomic zone was also nicely handled with using the previously established 'make big' discs. I concede that the film wasn't the greatest but it was more satisfying than Ultron and better than Thor 2. The character is intriguing and as playing a real every man (Falcon does have military training) I'm really interested in seeing how he interacts with other members of the Avengers and future Marvel films. A solid effort 7.5 out of 10.
    • IseeMoney
      OMG! How dare you tell all about the movie! Jk :) I concede that your review was very pleasant and I enjoyed it!
      • Payne by name
        Thank you.
  • OfficialJab
    Only things that I wasn't crazy about was the obligatory League of Nations team and I thought the infiltration scenes were sort of dumb, but I liked most of the acting (Cross really STOLL the show! No one's made that gag before right?) the effects (the subatomic scene may be the coolest thing in any Marvel movie for me so far) and some of the humour. Pretty good.

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