- Fun heist movie! With jumping and punching!
- For some reason, even though it’s ANT-Man, I didn’t realize there would be so many, well, ants. (I have Issues with ants.) Which at first was omgwtfbbq, but eventually I got used to them. For whatever reason, it was actually easier to deal with when the protagonist was ant-sized. Something something special effects?
- I like how the Marvel Cinematic Universe is interwoven in the fabric of the world, like those events and characters are just an understandable well-known feature of the world as it is. I’m sure there’s even things I would’ve picked up more had I seen Age of Ultron.
- I guess I hadn’t realized Michael Douglas was in this movie? Most of the time I do not enjoy his parts: well-acted, but hateful characters. This is probably my favorite thing with him since Streets of San Francisco. (Kids, ask your parents.)
- There are four female characters, and one is in the prologue, and the only two who talk to each other are the ex-wife and very young daughter of the protagonist. Bechdel-test-passing it is not. I like action movies; I would like to see more action movies where I don’t feel like my entire gender is off to the side. That said, there is some interesting stuff going on with Hope and Hank Pym.
- I’ve gotten “used to” gender problems in action movies; what stood out to me in Ant-Man was the race (and class?) issue, what with the ethnic stereotype ex-con “sidekicks.” TBH, the whole thing about the protagonist being a fallen middle-class white guy felt off/uncomfortable, and even more so when his roommates come to the Pym mansion, because their identities get played so heavily for laughs.
- I also have some nebulous thoughts about incarceration issues, but I can’t quite put it into words (yet).
So overall: I enjoyed it, but with significant caveats. I’d totally watch it again; we’ll see if those issues overwhelm the fun! explosions! aspects over time.
(Also: my action movies will be intersectional or they will be bullshit.)