Hi everybody! Welcome to MC Tuesday, where we watch a movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I know I’ve been gone for a while. Sorry about that. I had some school work to do. Did you miss me? I missed you! Happy April by the way. If you celebrate Easter, I hope you enjoyed yourself.
Today’s Marvel movie is (sigh) 2015’s Ant Man. Out of all the movies in the MCU, this is my least favorite flick. As a matter of fact, if this movie has a face, I would punch it, just like Michael Douglas punches that guy. This garbage movie is directed by Peyton Reed. He’s also doing the sequel to Ant Man, oh boy. Well, it is with a great deal of trepidation and annoyance that we start.
Is this supposed to be funny?
What in the world? This movie is riddled with corny jokes. I don’t know who is supposed to be the “funny guy” on the writing team, but they are an epic failure. They made the Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) character look like a clown. In the other Marvel movies, jokes are used to make the characters feel more identifiable. Here, the character is already an identifiable character, you don’t need to throw a whole bunch of lame jokes into the mix. That makes him annoying.
The Dumbest Scene in the MCU
I hate what happens when Scott Lang puts on the suit for the first time. If you do not recall, let me remind you. He puts on the suit. He shrinks. Scott hears Dr. Pym (Michael Douglas) telling him this is a “test”. Scott winds up getting flushed down the shower drain by his friend Luis (Michael Pena). He winds up in an afternoon rave. He then falls in a crack or something and winds up in a vacuum cleaner. There’s also a rat that looks like a dog because he is so little. By this time, I’m like “okay movie! He’s little! We get it!”. It is just too much.
I forgot to mention that I hate nearly every character in the movie. The bad guy Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) is despicable. It’s not exactly clear why he is doing what he is doing. Is it for Dr. Pym’s approval? Or, is it for money? Or, is it for superiority? There is no solid reason for the audience to grasp, so it feels like he’s bad for bad’s sake–and not in a cool Joker way. If you are going to have him sacrificing a lamb, you better give me a decent reason.
All the other characters felt dry. Hope (Evangeline Lily) has no personality. Dr. Pym is boring. The mom (Judy Greer) and the stepdad/cop (Bobby Cannavale) are lackluster. I did like Cassie (Abby Ryder Forster), Scott’s daughter. She is cute and gives the movie a little energy. I also loved Antony, Ant Man’s flying ant/transportation. He reminds me of Anty from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
Wrap it up
Well, that’s it! Frankly, I’m glad it’s over. Next Tuesday, we jump back into good movies with Captain America: Civil War. I’m excited about anime Thursday so be sure you join me. Until then, let me know your thoughts on stupid Ant Man!