Directed By: Peyton Reed (even though it would’ve been so much better if Edgar Wright did it)
Written By: Edgar Wright (see, he even wrote the damn script!)
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglass, Corey Stoll
Release Date: July 17th, 2015
Run Time: 1 Hour, 57 Minutes
Link to IMDb For More Information
Introducing our newest addition to the MCU at this point: roughly two people’s favorite superhero from the comics, Ant-Man! Can you think of a better character to follow up an Avengers movie? Evidently not, as the sequel ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp‘ came out shortly after Infinity War.
And much like the first movie, no one gave a shit because they were still getting over the last Avengers movie.
Honestly, I don’t have a whole lot to say about this movie. It’s far from the worst movie I’ve ever seen, but it only has one or two things that help it stand out in my mind. The writing is okay at best (Edgar Wright may be a wonderful director, but he’s only an alright screenwriter), the cinematography is passable, and the villain is bad even by Marvel movie standards. But the creative use of special effects and excellent visual gags prop it up and keep it from being forgettable.
One thing I love in a visual medium is creative use of said visuals. The more unique and creative it looks, the more likely I am to like it. Ant-Man, in terms of special effects, is one of the best MCU films! It takes full use of his ability to shrink to create fun, imaginative and hilarious scenes. If nothing else, it’s a nice movie to look at.
The action is also super fun. It uses his small size perfectly, allowing the battles to take place in some one of a kind settings. The best is easily the battle on the toy train set. Watching the epic clash from the same size of the combatants, only to zoom out and simply see the train fall over as if nothing is happening is both super creative and hilarious. In terms of action, I have little complaints.
And that’s about it. Everything else is just dull and by the numbers for a super-hero film. However, I do have one major issue with this film: the behind the scenes drama.
Originally, this film was supposed to be directed by Edgar Wright. This is why he was credited for writing the script on the IMDb page. But he was swapped out with Peyton Reed at some point in production for unclear reasons.
Now, for those of you who don’t know who Edgar Wright is, let me tell you why you should love him. He’s a fantastic director who has made classic film after classic film over the years. This list includes:
- Shaun of the Dead
- Baby Driver
- Scott Pilgrim VS The World (which is one of my favorite comedy films of all time)
- Hot Fuzz
- The World’s End
If you haven’t seen any of these films, then let me be the one to let you know: you are missing the fuck out! These movies have incredible scripts, wonderful performances, incredible visuals and great use of music! They are among some of the best movies I’ve ever seen, and they’ll undoubtedly stand the test of time for many years to come.
If this man were given the helm over Ant-Man, I’m sure we’d be having a very different conversation.
I don’t mean to insult Peyton Reed. He did a fine job, and he’s a fine director. This complaint is entirely personal opinion. One of my favorite directors was swapped out by a director that I don’t like as much. That’s all. I’m simply stating that I personally believe that the movie would’ve been a better product.
That aside, I don’t hate this movie. I simply don’t care for it in the slightest. If it’s on and I have literally nothing else to do, then I won’t be miserable watching through it. But I’ll never go out of my way to watch this movie.
Aside from today, I guess.