Ant Man: Paul Rudd…The Superhero

Hello everybody! For this week’s new movie show, we have Marvel’s newest entry in the MCU…Ant Man.

ANT MAN

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DIRECTED: Peyton Reed

STARRING: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas

GENRE: Superhero

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States

Screen-Shot-2015-04-13-at-9.13.08-AMArmed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but maintain his full sized strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

So how is Marvel’s latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Actually not half bad. I definitely was wary of Paul Rudd as a superhero, since I don’t particularly like him as an actor. To my surprise though his cocky/ definitely not heroic attitude and performance actually fit the character quite nicely. His comedic chops also add a nice layer of comedy that Ant Man desperately needed.Ant-Man-7

Alright, here comes my biggest pet peeve. As an amateur filmmaker, I understand that each and every filmmaker has his own individual style. Since the original main driving force behind Ant Man, Edgar Wright, jumped ship during production, much of his style is still there. The new and final director,Peyton Reed, did the best he could. Unfortunately, I don’t think there styles matched very well and would have liked to see Edgar Wright’s finished version of Ant Man. Otherwise, it was a rather decent film. I haven’t been proud to say that about a Marvel film in quite a while.

PROS:

  • Main cast performance.
  • Supporting cast performance.
  • Dark comedy aspect.
  • Hilarious characters.

CONS:

  • Differing directorial styles.
  • EDGAR WRIGHT WHY DID YOU JUMP SHIP?

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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Non-Stop: Conspiracy in the Air

Hello everybody! Today we have Liam Neeson’s latest film, Non-Stop.

NON-STOP

DIRECTOR: Jaume Collet-Serra

STARRING:  Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker, Corey Stoll, Anson Mount, Lupita Nyong’o

GENRE: Mystery-Thriller

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States, France

Bill Marks is a former cop who after dealing with his daughter’s death by drinking, is now an air marshal. While on a flight from London to New York, Marks gets a text telling him that unless 150 million dollars is deposited to an off shore account within 20 minutes someone will die. He tries to tell the other air marshal, Hammond but Hammond doesn’t believe him.

Ever since I saw the first trailer for Non-Stop, I was hooked. I really like Liam Neeson as an actor and I don’t know what it is, but I like films set on planes. I mean even the really shitty ones (I’m looking at you, Snakes on a Plane). Anyway, Non-stop did not disappoint,at least on Liam Neeson’s and Julianne Moore’s parts. The writing was actually quite decent, it hooked me and kept me interested to try and figure out who the hijackers were the entire time. I also really enjoyed the filmmakers use of text messaging and IM as integral to the plot. Nice!

I was disappointed in the supporting cast of Non-stop by a large margin. Their performances were mediocre at best, yet it wasn’t totally detrimental to the plot. I expect hijackers and hostages to be horrible actors. The ending was unfortunately obvious, as at the beginning of the third act I had figured out who was behind. Lastly, just a preference here, I don’t feel that Liam Neeson killed enough people in this film.

PROS:

  • Liam Neeson’s performance.
  • Julianne Moore’s performance.
  • Thought out and entertaining plot.
  • Cool use of text messaging and IM.

CONS:

  • One-dimensional supporting characters.
  • Obvious ending.
  • Liam Neeson doesn’t kill enough people.

SCORE: 7.0 / 10

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