7:00 PM, 5th September, 2015
He may not have the household recognition of Spider-Man or Iron Man, but Ant-Man has had a long and storied history in the Marvel Universe for over 50 years. So it seems somewhat fitting that the character’s journey to the big screen has been just as eventful.
An Ant-Man film was first pitched to Marvel Studios way back in 2004 by none other than Edgar Wright, the celebrated director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Wright developed the film for a whole decade, writing the script, casting, and even developing effects to showcase his hero’s shrinking abilities. Then all hell broke loose: Marvel and Wright parted ways just months before filming was to begin. Naturally, rumours abounded that the film was going to be Marvel’s first big disaster, leaving the studio with a battle that even The Hulk seemingly couldn’t overcome…
So, against all odds, Ant-Man actually turned out quite well. Paul Rudd, in his first leading/action man role, acquits himself nicely as Scott Lang, a thief tasked by inventor Hank Pym (Douglas) with stealing and protecting Pym’s technologies from greedy corporate grabbers determined to put them to ill use. Armed with Pym’s nifty super-suit – which allows him to shrink in size, increase in strength, and communicate with ants – Lang must embrace his inner hero and become the Ant-Man in order to (you guessed it) save the world.
This may not be the greatest film ever made, but it blends the superhero, heist, action and comedy genres as only Marvel can, making for an incredibly fun time at the movies. And what more could you want in a film titled Ant-Man anyway?
9:07 PM, 5th September, 2015
Superheroes are great to have around. They keep the bad guys off the streets and even rescue our cats from trees. We know that all superheroes have secret identities, but what if, one day, their secret identity becomes their only identity?
This is the unfortunate case for Mr. Incredible who has had to adapt to living a normal life. It’s not just the inability to help save the world; it’s more about the sanity of working a mundane job day in and day out. He’s just about had it, until he receives an anonymous and classified message and is recruited to complete a secret assignment. This is his chance, his ticket, to relive the old glory days – just so long as he keeps it secret from his family and his best friend. But, as kept secrets tend to do, it comes back to bite him…
The best character in the movie, in my humble opinion, would definitely be Edna Mode, superhero fashion designer extraordinaire. Voiced by the director himself, she has changed my view of every single superhero. With her undeniable logic, wit and talent, she can think of every possible situation (including machine washable features) and creates the most marvellous of costumes!
I might not be the most qualified to review this movie, I’ve only watched it more than five times, but who’s counting? =P
Come along and join me to watch this incredible movie again because it speaks for itself. As Edna says, “Yes, words are useless! Gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble-gobble! That is why I show you my work!”
Xin Yi Tan