Movie Review Written By: Adolph Vega
The 3D within this movie didn’t impress me until the special effect action scenes started. When the movie begins the 3D only consists of one character talking to another with one being closer or farther than the other. This 3D element between characters is neither interesting nor impressive visually during these scenes. Once the special effects begin, the movie shines in 3D. The movie uses 3D mostly for depth of field and gives the audience a good sense of scale and distance. Considering most of this movie is presented in smaller scale (ant size) the sense of depth gives the viewer nice immersion and context within the various miniature scenes. Sadly the pop 3D element seems limited and toned down and underplayed during this movie. One specific action scene with Ant-man takes place in a miniature model city, which looked nice in 3D, but the 3D element seemed limited because of the lack of pop 3D in the scene. Overall I still enjoyed the 3D presentation but felt that the 3D element didn’t reach it’s full potential.
Final Verdict: Good 3D
Ant-man is a strange marvel cinematic movie because the character is a founding member of the Avengers, but not introduced into the Marvel cinematic universe until after the second avengers film. This is also a strange movie because it’s an origin story and a passing of the torch story. The movie is a few stories in one as it begins in 1989 with the original Ant-Man Dr. Hank Pym. Dr. Pym does not want his revolutionary super suit to be used in the military and leaves the company he founds to prevent this from happening. Another story in the film is set in present day with the character of Scott Lang who is leaving jail and trying to survive. The third and final storyline is of the protégé of Dr. Pym who is Darren Cross. Cross took over Pym’s company after his resignation and is attempting to recreate the Ant-man suit. Cross has created a prototype shrinking weapon suit named the Yellow Jacket and wants to sell his technology to the highest bidder. All these story elements combine to drive the narrative with a nice sense of humor. Sometimes the tone of the movie seems inconsistent with serious scenes and comedic scenes being intermixed. I was surprised how well this movie balances the tight rope of being self-contained and yet fitting into the larger marvel cinematic universe. Some of the acting within this movie is hit or miss, with some characters working well and others being forgettable. The supporting cast of Ant-man is pretty interesting as many of Scott Lang’s friends are low-level street criminals who have a pivotal role in the movie. The action scenes within this movie are my favorite aspect of this movie because they are entertaining, funny and unlike anything else I have seen. The special effects within this movie are fantastic, especially the ants. The ants have a nice presence on screen and work together to help the Ant-man. One action scene between the Ant-man and an Avenger was both funny and well choreographed. The main villain of the movie Yellow Jacket sadly is under developed and the weakest element of the movie. The movie has a nice heart and is grounded by touching scenes that really resonate with the audience. This movie isn’t about saving the world, or even saving the city, but is more about redemption. Marvel Studios has done it again with Ant-man. Ant-man is an enjoyable movie that seems awkward at times but overall is well made and worthy of your time.
Final Verdict: 8 / 10
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