Benz Eye View: Ant-Man



Pretty good cinematography on showing the atomic world (small), and the regular world (big).  It conveys how big or small the person is in Ant-Man’s perspective.

Many characters are pretty funny, but some of them can speak a little too fast, so pay attention in order to get the joke.

The design for Ant-Man, the ants, and Yellowjacket are pretty cool.


The writing needs work.  The pacing has issues, and I spotted a few plot holes that can be really bothersome.

The villain, Darren Cross/Yellowjacket is really lackluster.  They did give him a reason why he is doing his “evil” work, but he is not interesting, poorly developed, and even a bit cartoonish.

The other characters are barely interesting.  They could have been more interesting, but they are predictable and cliched enough to make me barely care for them.


When I heard this movie is going to be made in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I thought, “Ant-Man?  ANT-MAN?!  A guy who has the ability to shrink in the size of an ant, to have super strength and speed in the small size, and to control other ants.  The concept itself is ridiculous.  I hope Marvel Studios know what they are doing.”  Do they?  Before I answer that, I want to talk about some of its background.  The Ant-Man movie was written and directed by Edgar Wright.

Edgar Wright: the guy who the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End)
Edgar Wright: the guy who made the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End)

He worked on it for over eight years.  Marvel has even said that his script was the best they have ever seen.  Unfortunately, Wright came to Marvel one day, and found out that they are rewriting his script, because they needed it to fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  The only thing he did is leaving Marvel, so they decided to get a lesser director, Peyton Reed (Bring It On, Yes Man).  With that backstory in mind, I hope the Edgar Wright script is good, because this Ant-Man movie is average at best.  At worst, it is very lackluster.  There were very few times that I actually cared about what is going on, because the things in the movie that are good are really good.  The rest just needed work.  This is not a terrible movie by all means, it just needs to be improved on.  They did a decent job into actually getting me to buy a super hero with the ability to shrink like an ant, but hopefully they can do better next time in their next Marvel movie (which its after-credits scene is the only thing that I was actually got me excited).



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