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I just saw “ANTMAN” and while I liked it I get the feeling that this will be the first failure for MARVEL Studios since “THE INCREDIBLE HULK”. I went to a 5:00pm show and there were maybe at most 20 people. I guess all the families went to see “Train-Wreck” and “Minions”. I feel that this film had more emotion(heart?) and fun than I’ve seen in awhile. But I think part of the problem people will have with the film is it’s not as action packed as other “SUPERHERO” movies(more specifically MARVEL STUDIO FILMS). This is a “Heist” film and heist films like the “OCEAN” trilogy, “The Bank Job” or the “Italian Job”(both of them) are more or just about the same about the setup as is the “pinch”(executing the job) itself. So there won’t always be a focus on just the action. I figure that there are about 3 heists in the film(not including the job the younger Hank Pym came back from). The thing is based on past history the “General Audience” really doesn’t care about heist films. I’ve been seeing more and more reviews that say that nothing happens for 40 minutes and that it’s boring. That’s not actually true. We get the setup for the film. We see why  Hank Pym is at where he is at the start of the film. A lot of the first quarter of the film is for character setup. We meet Scott. See what he is up against and how he is trying to get a handle on it. We also get bit of his history via Exposition by discussion and news clippings. Characters are introduced (the crew, Hope, Cassie, Scott’s ex and her new husband and Cross) and we interact with them and they’re never feel overused. 


The core of the story is about 2 men’s redemptions. For themselves and for themselves in the eyes of their daughters. That’s where the emotional component comes in. If you don’t like the film I think it will probably because you don’t like the characters(I happen to like them) since we spend a vast majority of the time just seeing them interact with each other. In the beginning the Ex’s husband does appear to be an “asshat” but by the end of the film you understand he has Cassie’s best interests at heart. Also at first it will seem that Scott’s new crew is only there for comedy relief but they do show later on as well that they are very competent at their jobs. Also they aren’t overused as I said earlier. Heck their out of the movie for about 30mins. 


That being said one weakness of the film is the villain Cross. In concept he’s good but unfortunately we don’t get a lot from him about why he turned out the way he did(maybe some footage or a flashback to help flesh him out). I know people are going to complain that “Yellow Jacket” seems like a ripoff of IRON MAN but look at this point any humanoid suit is going to come off as a “bootleg Iron Man”. Take a gooood look at the comic and animated versions of the suit. Do you really think that would have translated well, hmmm?


One thing people shouldn’t worry about in this film is any “Deus Ex Machina”. Earlier dialogue is called back later in the film. The action in the film is great and fun and very innovative ways of fighting while shrinking and resizing is done well here(can Giant Man be far behind?). Especially when it comes to a fight Scott has with a certain “New Avenger”(who just so happens to be the perfect opponent for him). Also the best use of the 3D is for the entirety of the “final heist”(when you see it you’ll know what I mean).


I remember someone writing why(briefly) they won’t see this film. They said they “enjoy every MARVEL film but they’re all the same”. That’s a pretty big blanket statement. While I will say most have a similar tone at times and hit certain beats that’s not necessarily a bad thing. People don’t seem to have that issue when it comes to other kinds of action movies, or comedy, horror and so on. Also Marvel has changed the tone of their films as they’ve gone on. The Incredible Hulk is a “Chase film”. Cap 1 was a 1940’s “War film”. Cap 2 was a “70’s Conspiracy film”. Guardians was a “Space Epic”. Antman is a “Heist film”. Next year Doctor Strange will be a “Horror film”.


Other issues people have with “SUPERHERO FILMS”(and Marvel Studio films in particular is that :

1. The film goer need to see every single film in order to know what’s going on in the current one.

2. Each film is the setup for the next film.


1. I feel that’s become and over exaggeration. GOTG, Ant-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Cap 2 and so on you can just walk in and enjoy and will be able to easily get the geist of the story without seeing any of the previous ones.


2. That’s somewhat true. And? Sometimes they are (ex Cap 2 leads to Civil War)(most films (the ones with the infinity stones anyway are tangently leading to INFINITY WAR)) but you know what? That’s not a bad thing. This isn’t “The Amazing Spiderman 2” you can enjoy each film as is and they have a beginning, middle, and end. You don’t HAVE to watch Thor 2 in order to understand GOTG, Winter Soldier or Ant-Man. But there are also something there if you want continuity between the films.


Despite what people may think this isn’t an “ORIGIN” film. MARVEL Studios in 2014 said they’ve stopped making origin films. This is a legacy film. In this world “Ant-Man” already exists. The mantle is just being passed to Scott is all. Hmm…in 10 years could Cassie receive it as well?


A couple of things I did appericate was during the end credits(stay because there are 2 mid and post credit scenes(also a Stan Lee cameo at the end of the film))all of the Ant Man’s creators was credited. As well as Edgar Wright getting a screenwriting credit(since he worked on the movie between 5 - 10 years) parts of his script was still used in this film. See this film in 3D if for no other reason than the final heist(a water pipe, the subatomic world and Thomas the Tank Engine play a part in it).


If I had to nitpick(and I do). I would say one issue is the lack of development with Cross. Another would be the “forced cursing”. It didn’t seem natural in some scenes. Without the cursing this would be a “PG” film. So that’s why the cursing is there. It’s tough to market a PG Super Hero film. Also why didn’t Cross not figure out that Hope was in on the “pinch”? Scrambled brain cells from the “yellow jacket” suit perhaps? Also when did he put the suit on before the final climax? When Cross went to Cassie’s home we see no evidence in the cops trying to stop him initially(it feels like a scene is missing). Also at times the Yellow Jacket suit seemed kinda cgi’y(as did some of the subatomic world).  


If you don’t like Marvel Studio Films then don’t see this. If you don’t like Superhero films don’t see this. If you don’t like heist films don’t see this. If you are looking for a straight action film with set pieces ever 15-20 minutes DO NOT SEE THIS FILM. If you want to see and enjoyable film with a lot of heart, fun and comedy then see this film. Just keep this in mind. This is a different kind of superhero movie. The “general audience” have said that they want something different. Well here you go. If you don’t go see this film on at least the opening weekend to judge it for yourselves then what point do film studios have for trying something different? People can say they want diversity in their options but if that diversity actually appears and they don’t seek it out then they’re talking out of both sides of their necks.

Ever since the new Fantastic Four film went into production there has been varying opinions about it both being incredibly strong positive and negative. One side loves the way it look because it’s darker and serious and isn’t jokey like the previous films. While others hate it onsite and keep saying give it back to MARVEL. So I decided to put in my 2 cents about it.


I did have some questions about the film such as -


1. Why did the 2005 & 2007 films fail?


2. Why is the color pallet so dark and the tone so serious?


3. Why is DOOM the villain for EVERY SINGLE FILM(This is worst than Shredder in TMNT)?


4. Why are the the cast so young?


5. Was this made for the same reason X-Men 1st Class and The Amazing Spiderman were made, to keep the copyright?


6. Why does director Josh Trank get the benefit of the doubt? He’s only directed one film(CHRONICLE) and it was a “found footage” film.


7. Why didn’t the studio immediately address the misconceptions of the film in a better way? You know instead of having the cast do it?


We’ll….


1. I don’t believe the reason the previous films failed was because of the light tone.  The reason they failed was 1. miscasting. Ex. Jessica Alba is nice to look at but when she acted in the film her character didn’t have any agency. part of this was with the script the rest had to do with lack of acting ability. I actually think Chris Evans was a decent Johnny Storm. He was cocky and a hot head and he pulled that off. Also Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm/The Thing He gave the character the emotional gravitas it deserved. He was the best character(and actor) in the entire film. That being said the SFX weren’t any good. The writing was terrible. There wasn’t enough exploring and while the FF have to have a light tone at times it just got too silly in parts. 


2. I believe the change of the color pallet and in tone was because the studio wanted to go in the complete opposite of the previous films since they weren’t received positively. First images and footage seemed really dark and serious. I believe this is the “NOLAN EFFECT”. Because Christopher Nolan made a serious, dark and brooding(and intelligent) film and that is was crazy successful I believe that FOX thought this was the way to go. The problem with that is it goes so against the source material that it starts not to resemble what you are trying to adapt anymore.


3. Including the Roger Corman film Victor Von Doom/Doctor Doom has been in EVERY SINGLE FILM! I can make an argument also that he is the main villain in every film. This is lazy writing. I have a problem (for example)with “The Shredder” being the main villain in almost every TMNT film(people overlook Magneto in the X-men films I suppose because 1. Michael Fastbender and Sir Ian Mckellen are great actors 2. They aren’t the villains in every film(but now they are boarding onto overuse). When filmmakers do this basically what they are saying is the property doesn’t have any good villains so “we will just use this one over and over and over….again” that’s wrong. It’s the Studio and filmmakers job to do their do diligence and 1. Check the back log and find and interesting villain or 2. Create one.

Here are a few Fantastic Four villains that can be used(well the ones that FOX has the rights to anyway!):

1. Mephisto *

2. Blastarr

3. Mole Man and his monsters *

4. Annihilus and the Negative Zone *

5. Galactus(THE REAL ONE!) and his heralds *

6. The Frightful Four*

7. Skrulls*

8. Super Skrull *

9. Diablo

10. Dragon Man

11. Salamandra

12. Puppet Master *

13. The Mad Thinker

14. Psycho Man *

15. The Molecule Man *

16. The Red Ghost and his apes

17. Kristoff Vernard *

18. Devos

19. Brute

20. Terminus

21. Salem Seven

22. Occulus

To name a few.


4. As far as the cast being young? Initially I had an issue with it but I understand that the purpose of that is so the cast can stay young and realistically stay in their prime(age?)longer in more films. It interesting thought that this is an “Origin” film and the general public has said that they HATE origin films(Heck in 2014 Marvel Studio’s said their done with doing origin films so the Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange films won’t be origin films)so it will be interesting if people will complain about this. As far as the actors themselves I believe that FOX wasn’t looking for high profile named actors but up and comers. The one actor I’ve seen the most of is Michael B. Jordan and from what I’ve seen of him he’s given some great performances so hopefully he’ll be able to give more depth to the character of “Johnny Storm”(please don’t lose his sense of humor though).


5.  Since the last Fantastic Four film(“The Rise of the Silver Surfer”) 20th Century Fox has been trying to reboot the franchise. This became more urgent when after Marvel created MARVEL STUDIOS and released IRON MAN. Once that became a hit they realized that if they don’t do anything with the property they would lose the copyright(despite the public not liking the previous FF films they did make money). Fortunately for them unlike with X-Men and Spider-Man which had a 5 year window to make a film Fantastic Four had a 7 year one(they were able to film something just under the deadline). So yes as with “First Class” & “TAS” this film was made for a major part to keep the copyright but what the two films I noted had was 1: a good director and 2: at least a couple of really good actors who could give great performances so that the public could overlook things like how rushed sfx looked and so on. Maybe that will be the case here as well but I never feel easy when one of the main reason a film was made is to keep the copyright(I’m looking at you Roger Corman!).


6. I understand that people really loved  “CHRONICLE” but it’s only one film. I thought it was fine but didn’t understand why it “had to be” found footage(I go more into it in “Why I hate found footage films at www.diarraharris.net and graphic description YouTube channel)also before Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out the Russo brothers received my public doubt than Josh Trank is now. This will be his 2nd film and his 1st conventional one we should probably have a wait and see approach before thinking it will be awesome because he’s directing it out bad for the same reason.


7. Once the film was announced and was in production a lot of information was being circulated some false, some we don’t know if it will be true until we see the film and some we may never know is true. Examples include, Josh Trank being fired, script problems, how Doctor Doom plays into the plot and his backstory(Is he an internet troll or a gypsy who lived and grew up in the Richards family?). FOX was slow in answering these and other questions. Maybe they felt that bad publicity was still good publicity? It looks like however they realized that there was too much bad press and they finally said something about it. Or rather the cast did. There seemed to be a period of months where each actor kept talking to the press(or social media) to clarify misconceptions about the film. While I appreciate that it’s really not their place to do that. It’s the Studios.


With all that being said I am interested in seeing the film. Despite my misgivings about the film I do hope it’s good and that the studio, writer, director and cast treat the property with the respect it deserves.


It would be the first time.


*I wrote this before I saw the final U.S. and International trailers and in them I did see images that seem to give off a sense of wonder and fun. So fingers crossed hopping this will be a good sign.

I just saw “ANTMAN” and while I liked it I get the feeling that this will be the first failure for MARVEL Studios since “THE INCREDIBLE HULK”. I went to a 5:00pm show and there were maybe at most 20 people. I guess all the families went to see “Train-Wreck” and “Minions”. I feel that this film had more emotion(heart?) and fun than I’ve seen in awhile. But I think part of the problem people will have with the film is it’s not as action packed as other “SUPERHERO” movies(more specifically MARVEL STUDIO FILMS). This is a “Heist” film and heist films like the “OCEAN” trilogy, “The Bank Job” or the “Italian Job”(both of them) are more or just about the same about the setup as is the “pinch”(executing the job) itself. So there won’t always be a focus on just the action. I figure that there are about 3 heists in the film(not including the job the younger Hank Pym came back from). The thing is based on past history the “General Audience” really doesn’t care about heist films. I’ve been seeing more and more reviews that say that nothing happens for 40 minutes and that it’s boring. That’s not actually true. We get the setup for the film. We see why  Hank Pym is at where he is at the start of the film. A lot of the first quarter of the film is for character setup. We meet Scott. See what he is up against and how he is trying to get a handle on it. We also get bit of his history via Exposition by discussion and news clippings. Characters are introduced (the crew, Hope, Cassie, Scott’s ex and her new husband and Cross) and we interact with them and they’re never feel overused. 


The core of the story is about 2 men’s redemptions. For themselves and for themselves in the eyes of their daughters. That’s where the emotional component comes in. If you don’t like the film I think it will probably because you don’t like the characters(I happen to like them) since we spend a vast majority of the time just seeing them interact with each other. In the beginning the Ex’s husband does appear to be an “asshat” but by the end of the film you understand he has Cassie’s best interests at heart. Also at first it will seem that Scott’s new crew is only there for comedy relief but they do show later on as well that they are very competent at their jobs. Also they aren’t overused as I said earlier. Heck their out of the movie for about 30mins. 


That being said one weakness of the film is the villain Cross. In concept he’s good but unfortunately we don’t get a lot from him about why he turned out the way he did(maybe some footage or a flashback to help flesh him out). I know people are going to complain that “Yellow Jacket” seems like a ripoff of IRON MAN but look at this point any humanoid suit is going to come off as a “bootleg Iron Man”. Take a gooood look at the comic and animated versions of the suit. Do you really think that would have translated well, hmmm?


One thing people shouldn’t worry about in this film is any “Deus Ex Machina”. Earlier dialogue is called back later in the film. The action in the film is great and fun and very innovative ways of fighting while shrinking and resizing is done well here(can Giant Man be far behind?). Especially when it comes to a fight Scott has with a certain “New Avenger”(who just so happens to be the perfect opponent for him). Also the best use of the 3D is for the entirety of the “final heist”(when you see it you’ll know what I mean).


I remember someone writing why(briefly) they won’t see this film. They said they “enjoy every MARVEL film but they’re all the same”. That’s a pretty big blanket statement. While I will say most have a similar tone at times and hit certain beats that’s not necessarily a bad thing. People don’t seem to have that issue when it comes to other kinds of action movies, or comedy, horror and so on. Also Marvel has changed the tone of their films as they’ve gone on. The Incredible Hulk is a “Chase film”. Cap 1 was a 1940’s “War film”. Cap 2 was a “70’s Conspiracy film”. Guardians was a “Space Epic”. Antman is a “Heist film”. Next year Doctor Strange will be a “Horror film”.


Other issues people have with “SUPERHERO FILMS”(and Marvel Studio films in particular is that :

1. The film goer need to see every single film in order to know what’s going on in the current one.

2. Each film is the setup for the next film.


1. I feel that’s become and over exaggeration. GOTG, Ant-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Cap 2 and so on you can just walk in and enjoy and will be able to easily get the geist of the story without seeing any of the previous ones.


2. That’s somewhat true. And? Sometimes they are (ex Cap 2 leads to Civil War)(most films (the ones with the infinity stones anyway are tangently leading to INFINITY WAR)) but you know what? That’s not a bad thing. This isn’t “The Amazing Spiderman 2” you can enjoy each film as is and they have a beginning, middle, and end. You don’t HAVE to watch Thor 2 in order to understand GOTG, Winter Soldier or Ant-Man. But there are also something there if you want continuity between the films.


Despite what people may think this isn’t an “ORIGIN” film. MARVEL Studios in 2014 said they’ve stopped making origin films. This is a legacy film. In this world “Ant-Man” already exists. The mantle is just being passed to Scott is all. Hmm…in 10 years could Cassie receive it as well?


A couple of things I did appericate was during the end credits(stay because there are 2 mid and post credit scenes(also a Stan Lee cameo at the end of the film))all of the Ant Man’s creators was credited. As well as Edgar Wright getting a screenwriting credit(since he worked on the movie between 5 - 10 years) parts of his script was still used in this film. See this film in 3D if for no other reason than the final heist(a water pipe, the subatomic world and Thomas the Tank Engine play a part in it).


If I had to nitpick(and I do). I would say one issue is the lack of development with Cross. Another would be the “forced cursing”. It didn’t seem natural in some scenes. Without the cursing this would be a “PG” film. So that’s why the cursing is there. It’s tough to market a PG Super Hero film. Also why didn’t Cross not figure out that Hope was in on the “pinch”? Scrambled brain cells from the “yellow jacket” suit perhaps? Also when did he put the suit on before the final climax? When Cross went to Cassie’s home we see no evidence in the cops trying to stop him initially(it feels like a scene is missing). Also at times the Yellow Jacket suit seemed kinda cgi’y(as did some of the subatomic world).  


If you don’t like Marvel Studio Films then don’t see this. If you don’t like Superhero films don’t see this. If you don’t like heist films don’t see this. If you are looking for a straight action film with set pieces ever 15-20 minutes DO NOT SEE THIS FILM. If you want to see and enjoyable film with a lot of heart, fun and comedy then see this film. Just keep this in mind. This is a different kind of superhero movie. The “general audience” have said that they want something different. Well here you go. If you don’t go see this film on at least the opening weekend to judge it for yourselves then what point do film studios have for trying something different? People can say they want diversity in their options but if that diversity actually appears and they don’t seek it out then they’re talking out of both sides of their necks.

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