Posted in 2017, Movie Review, Movies

Ant-Man (2015) movie review

Ant-Man posterEx-con Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) steals burglarizes a house in order to get enough money to pay child support. This suit belongs to Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), a scientist who discovered the Pym particle which can decrease the space between atoms. The suit has the ability to shrink its wearer as well as giving them super strength. Together with Dr. Pym’s daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly), Scott and Dr. Pym plan a heist in order to prevent the Pym particle from getting into the wrong hands.

This is a superhero movie which does a few things differently. For instance the training montage which is common in superhero origin story movie’s is not just a montage of the protagonist slowly getting better at using his powers, but rather it is split in two by a fight then a conversation between two characters which highlights what Scott needs to do to succeed. Also Hank is not someone who always makes all the right decisions, but rather someone who makes a lot of mistakes pursuing the greater good and who often takes the easy way out.

The characters are brilliant, and the comic relief characters are not overplayed. I feel as though Hope could have gotten a bit more love especially at the start where Dr. Pym wouldn’t even tell her something despite her need to know and how Dr. Pym refused to let her use the Ant-Man suit. It is explained later on why he made these choices but that does not make it better. At least they make up and the sequel movie is going to have Hope be the Wasp (a superhero I don’t know if I’ll like because of the name).

This is a good superhero movie which doubles as a heist movie. Ant-Man is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Hank makes his return in Captain America: Civil War. There is also going to be a sequel. Watch this movie if you liked any of the other Marvel superhero movies. If you didn’t like any of the other movies watch this one anyway because it is different enough from the others that you may like it.

Final Rating – 47.8/50

 

Posted in 2017, Movie Review, Movies

Big Hero 6 (2014) movie review

Big Hero 6 BannerBig Hero 6 is a great movie which follows Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter), a 14 year old prodigy in robotics who graduated high school at the age of 13 and who ends up forming a superhero team with six members to defeat a masked villain. After a tragic accident which took the life of Hiro’s older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney), Hiro along with Tadashi’s robotics project Baymax (Scott Adsit) go on a mission to heal Hiro’s grieving heart. This is a fantastic animated movie which features themes of death, grief, and depression, and which supplies great role models for those who need them.

This movie was produced by Disney and is based off a Marvel Comics superhero team. It is set in a city called San Fransokyo which if you haven’t already guessed by the name is based off a Japanese version of San Francisco. This is important because in the original Big Hero 6 comic by Marvel Comics the team is made up of superheroes in Japan. This also allowed the setting designers to include iconic landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge as well as keep the setting of the movie similar to the setting of the comic.

The relationships of this movie are incredible. From the very beginning you can tell how much Tadashi cares about his younger brother and when he dies it is crushing not just to Hiro but also to many of the people watching the movie. This relationship is obvious throughout the rest of the movie. Also while I’m talking about relationships there is one thing I found weird about some of them. Hiro’s only friends include Tadashi, a robot, and Tadashi’s college friends. He has no friends of his own. Sure they do introduce him as being mostly alone but that doesn’t mean that he knows no other people.

Throughout the plot there are a few minor inconsistencies in the details. One of these involves Baymax’s body scan. These were most likely missed when the writers were going over the final plot. These inconsistencies are no big deal and you most likely won’t even notice them unless you are actively looking for them. They don’t take away from the story or the characters, but they are there.

Most of the characters are well written, though many of them are based off of cliches and quirks. There are only three fully developed characters in this entire movie, but these three characters are the most important to the plot. I don’t expect any side characters to be well developed in a Disney movie. My favourite character in this movie is Baymax because of his whole purpose to the plot of the story being to help Hiro get better.

The animation is good in this movie. It is very smooth and the character movements are realistic even if their models are very cartoonish. There are many beautiful shots in this movie involving sunsets and landscapes. The first scene in the movie involved the camera zooming into the city revealing many different buildings and landmarks before reaching the robot fight which Hiro was about to enter. There are many other scenes like this one. It is obvious that the animators put a lot of work into this movie.

Big Hero 6 is a movie that deals with death and grief, but also with healing and friendship. If you only have two hours to watch a movie why not watch this one. It is only one and a half hours after all. I highly recommend this movie because of its depictions of grief and depression. Also if you stay until the end of the credits you will be awarded with a complementary Stan Lee cameo appearance.

Final Rating – 49/50