Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Reel Review: Ant-Man!

07.15.2015 – Every comic book fan has their favorite hero and mostly it’s the popular ones that take the spotlight and the secondary ones gets left out.

For Marvel their winning formula is not the about taking popular characters.

This was one takes you back to the first “Iron-Man” film that before was relatively unknown when they sold the rights to the “Fantastic Four”, “Spider-Man” & “X-Men.”

Marvel is doing this again after “Guardians of the Galaxy” with “Ant-Man!

Little known for a character that has the ability to shrink or even become a giant (in the comic books). But then again Marvel knows their characters so much that their consistency is almost flawless that they turn them into favourites.

This is in the case when they ventured with “Iron-Man”, “Guardians of the Galaxy” and now the original founding member of the “Avengers” with the “Ant-Man.” But this is not the one from the comic books, but its close enough that you’re expectations might not be that high for this one and certainly will give you something to root for.

Michael Pena Knows a Guy

Most of the Marvel films have their sort of side kicks if Tony Stark has Happy Hogan then you might like Luis (portrayed by Michael Pena), the guy who knows a guy. Scott Lang’s best friend who has appeared in the trailers that would definitely also grab your attention. Luis is a scene stealer way better than Happy Hogan and he can be a great chef too cooking up some mean waffles.

There’s a great synergy of chemistry among the cast notably Michael Pena and Paul Rudd and that add dynamic to a heist films with sitcom elements. Michael Douglas plays straight up Hank Pym that also delivers some humor in this one. But Pena for all his comedic shenanigans is hard to miss.

Dialogues are Easter Eggs too

Marvel is never shy to incorporate Easter eggs in every film they bring visually, but this is probably not the first to have a great dialogue that brings up Ant-Man’s origins through what these characters are talking about. But it’s also quite a trivia that they know where Ant-Man first appeared and more.

Two Post Credit Scenes

Some people are still not paying attention when the credits are over they leave. For this one they have previously announced that there are TWO. A revelation what we hope for Pym and his daughters future and where the war begins, which you are on your own to find out if you see through it.

Overall don’t feel some expectations for this one just like the first “Iron-Man” or “Guardians of the Galaxy” is on its own. “Ant-Man” plays its straight though we’ll never ever see the Edgar Wright version. But Peyton Reed and Paul Rudd made things happen to bring this one an enjoyable Marvel film not even comparable to “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and definitely worth watching a second time.

Ant-Man is now playing in Philippine cinemas nationwide from Marvel Studios Philippines distributed by Walt Disney Studios through Columbia Pictures Philippines.

RATED: 5 out of 5 Stars

NOTE: This review is not sponsored nor endorsed by Walt Disney Studios or Columbia Pictures Philippines. This film is reviewed, rated personally and not to promote in selling the film.

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