After the Avengers movie, I must say, I didn’t expect much from Ant-man. Marvel had built a cinematic universe around the avengers that seemed like the ultimate culmination of the Marvel Universe. When they announced Ant-man, a marvel character who shrinks to ant size, it seemed destined to pale in comparison and ultimately be a let down. Much to my surprise, this movie with its tiny hero delivers big!
The comic book super hero epics have begun to reach high saturation levels and many films are starting to feel the same. You know what I mean! They all have that similar look, the pacing of the story and their forms are comparable from film to film. I personally can’t get enough, but I hear the disgruntled rumblings.
Well, if you are one of the less than satisfied, feeling a little burnt out, wanting something a little different, but still longing that that “something different” will still come from the comic hero genre, then look no further because Ant-man is it!
Super strength, punch through walls, flight, all these powers that have been well played out and done for decades. Now comes a truly unique ability, the ability to shrink, that only can be brought to the big screen with so much detail and believability through the modern magic of visual effects. There have been past films that have ventured into the “shrinking” movie genre before, but nothing like this. With incredible realism, Paul Rudd shrinks down to the size of an ant and takes us to the miniature world unlike any movie before it. By using specialized cameras and sets, the director, Peyton Reed, and his team seamless blended the magic of the computer with the grit and texture you can only get through real photography. Is it any wonder that the film is a front runner for an Oscar for best VFX.
Ok, so maybe you are saying, “A different power, big deal!” Well if that doesn’t do it for you the story sure will. This is a classic heist movie set in the world of super heroes, a la “Ocean’s Eleven.” Paul Rudd’s comedic presence takes this film to a place that the other marvel films have never been. The Blend of action, heist, and comedy made for a completely fresh and entertaining entry into the marvel cinematic universe.
Don’t let this year end with out experiencing this awesome cinematic chapter from Marvel. It has something for everyone in the family. Get for digital download today, comes chalk full of extras on “Disney Movies Anywhere” and iTunes. It will make a great gift for any movie lover in your family this holiday season.