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Re: MCU Chronological Movie Marathon...
« Reply #40 on: April 19, 2018, 12:38:19 am »
Avengers was way worse.
I thought Avengers (while not great) was at least funnier and way fresher.  Captain America 2 just felt like they took all of the bad parts of The Avengers and strung them into a movie.

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Re: MCU Chronological Movie Marathon...
« Reply #41 on: April 19, 2018, 01:15:11 am »
Avengers was way worse.
I thought Avengers (while not great) was at least funnier and way fresher.  Captain America 2 just felt like they took all of the bad parts of The Avengers and strung them into a movie.

I thought Avengers was one of the least funny of all the MCU films so far - the overabundance of 1-line jokes eventually turned into white noise, and they were mostly canned and ill-timed in my view.  Plus I thought Captain America had a MUCH more intriguing story - Steve Rogers coming to grips with who he really was, Black Widow having to decide to out herself for the greater good when all her training & upbringing said otherwise, the reconfiguration of HYDRA through a different ideal, Black Widow and Nick Fury both having to accept the end of SHIELD at different times, Steve having to deal with both the facts that his best friend was still miraculously alive and that he might also have to take him down.  I mean, Avengers was literally - "let's get all the superheroes together so they can bitch at each other for 90 minutes and have them in this overbearing 35 fight at the end."

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Re: MCU Chronological Movie Marathon...
« Reply #42 on: April 19, 2018, 07:38:34 pm »
10 - Guardians of the Galaxy:  9/10

RUNNING COMMENTARY:  Sad opening scene w/young Peter watching his mother die - establishes connection with mother & love for music though, which will carry on the rest of this film and into the sequel. Fantastic opening credit scene w/Star-Lord - really sets the stage for how fun, light-hearted, and different this movie is going to be. Cool devices to get to and retrieve the orb. Of course, as with any treasure hunt, the bad guys will get there at the same time as the good guys to set the stage for a showdown. The comedy is on point from the get go - great mix of action & humor throughout. Oohh - that arrow will come into play - everyone scared of it. As w/most MCU villains, Ronan is pretty flat - but at least he's ruthless. Movie really bouncing from planet to planet (to ship). Magnificent 3-way battle w/Star-Lord vs Gamora vs Rocket/Groot. Very interesting characters. Super Hero landing! Gamora is a bad-ass, but Star-Lord and Rocket have some cool "Space-Batman" like devices. John C. Reilly makes every movie better. Some funny "info" during the police line-up ("Space-Lord"). This movie clips along at a strong pace. Top level soundtrack in this film. Having the men & women share a prison is probably not wise. Some pretty brutal backstories w/these primary characters. Okay so Thanos is a straight up boss. God the humor is perfectly timed & delivered in this - what happened in Avengers & Dark World? Why don't all the security fire all rockets at once to take them down? Good plan by Rocket though. Lots of quotable lines ("you just wanna suck the joy out of everything". The special effects w/regards to the different planets and atmosphere are pretty amazing. Yondu and The Collector are great ancillary characters. Just flying into the severed head of an ancient celestial being - no problem.  The 3D within Nowhere is breathtaking. Nebula and Rocket had somewhat similar issues when they were young. Man, a lot happens in this movie in a short span. Benicio was the ONLY possible choice for this role. Wow - we get a lot of info when Collector opens the orb - easily the most detailed info on the Infinity Stones we've had so far. Showed all 6 stones (of which we have only seen Blue Tesseract, Red Aether, and Yellow Mind Stone - though that was cased in blue in Loki's sceptre).  This makes the 4th we have seen so far.  Wow - now shit just got totally real. Drax vs Ronan. Nebula vs Gamora. Yondu vs Quill. All at once.  Nice!  Ronan is a bad ass and talks some shit - just wish he wasn't so bland. Good, minimal use of slow-motion. Why doesn't Ronan just kill Drax instead of throwing him in a vat of spinal fluid? All the primary charcters arc slowly, but appropriately. Of course Ronan betrays Thanos - why wouldn't he at this point? Hilarious discussion roundtable mixed in w/a plan. This film does a great job of not taking itself seriously at all but still delivering in a big way. Very cool space battle. Groot provides some of the most beautiful scenes in the movie. Okay - that arrow is one of the best weapons in cinema. Like Pearl Harbor kamikazes. Great triple fight sequences all at once. How did Drax not die when Rocket's plan crashed on him? Groot with a heartbreaking sacrifice. Love the end of that fight scene. Yondu - ever the Ravager.  Good info on Peter leading into the sequel.

REVIEW:  The best of the MCU films.  Almost feels as though it is a one-off film that is completely disconnected from the MCU universe - except for the opening Marvel credits and the presence of The Collector who we saw at the end of Thor 2.  It has it all - a great balance of humor, action, and very touching moments throughout.  The soundtrack is as good as you will find in any film.  The comedy is on point from start to finish - something that can't be said about a lot of these MCU films.  The cast is strong - Chris Pratt has star power, Zoe Saldana always gives a quality performance, and the voices for Rocket and Groot were perfect.  The ancillary characters were outstanding as well - Yondu, Nebula, The Collector...and John C. Reilly always adds to a film.  Yondu has one of the best, most innovative weapons in all of film - kind of wish we got more of it, but the build-up to his unleashing of it was very apropos.  The special effects are top notch, and the journey into Nowhere is pretty breathtaking in 3D.  As with most of MCU's villains, Ronan is pretty flat - although I do appreciate that he is completely ruthless and talks some shit - but he is still a negative in the film.  There are also a few times where things could have been done more realistically (like shooting all the rockets at the glass in the prison), but as long as those don't show up repeatedly, I give a little pass in super-hero films - still a negative though.  The pacing was swift - a lot of jumping around early on which was kind of tough to follow on first viewing, but a lot happens in a short amount of time in the first 60 minutes.  The dialogue was fun and witty from start to finish, and the jokes rarely miss the mark.  Best of all, this is a comic book movie that doesn't take itself too seriously.  Overall, this film still stands above the rest of the MCU movies for its ingenuity, pacing, effects, dialogue, soundtrack, and flat-out enjoyment.

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Re: MCU Chronological Movie Marathon...
« Reply #43 on: April 19, 2018, 10:34:03 pm »
Of all the MCU films GotG 1 is probably one of few that Iíd have no problem rewatching, especially to see how itís held up compared to its sequel.
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Re: MCU Chronological Movie Marathon...
« Reply #44 on: April 19, 2018, 10:37:42 pm »
Of all the MCU films GotG 1 is probably one of few that Iíd have no problem rewatching, especially to compare how itís held up compared to its sequel.

Yeah it's my favorite - and that hasn't changed from my first viewing...

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Re: MCU Chronological Movie Marathon...
« Reply #45 on: April 19, 2018, 11:02:19 pm »
Nothing about Bautista?

I thought he was the best part of the film.

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Re: MCU Chronological Movie Marathon...
« Reply #46 on: April 19, 2018, 11:10:43 pm »
Nothing about Bautista?

I thought he was the best part of the film.

Oversight.  But he's far from the best part of the film imo.

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Re: MCU Chronological Movie Marathon...
« Reply #47 on: April 19, 2018, 11:26:50 pm »
Nothing about Bautista?

I thought he was the best part of the film.
He was alright in the first film though his inexperience as an actor showed a bit. Since then heís improved, and he was evidently having a lot more fun in the sequel.

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Re: MCU Chronological Movie Marathon...
« Reply #48 on: April 19, 2018, 11:34:27 pm »
Nothing about Bautista?

I thought he was the best part of the film.
He was alright in the first film though his inexperience as an actor showed a bit. Since then heís improved, and he was evidently having a lot more fun in the sequel.

He was fine.  I definitely didn't see him as a weakness.  But he wasn't an overwhelmingly amazing character tbh.  He did a good job despite not being an experienced actor, but I found a lot of the other characters more intriguing and pertinent to the story.
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Re: MCU Chronological Movie Marathon...
« Reply #49 on: April 20, 2018, 07:16:44 pm »
GOTG 2 tonight hopefully - starting to run out of time.

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« Reply #50 on: April 20, 2018, 11:46:35 pm »
11 - Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2:  8/10

RUNNING COMMENTARY:  Flashback to Peter's mom & dad together. Wonderfully choreographed fight/dance scene to open. Again - lighthearted opening sets the tone. Baby Groot is awesome. The arrogance of the Sovereign (gold people) is pretty funny. Rocket - always the thief. The soundtrack isn't as strong in this one. The 3D effects are phenomenal in this. Remotely piloted ships - very inventive. A lot of annoying bickering in this one. Thinking Drax would have died there. The comedy is still good, but not quite as sharp as the first. Ego - Peter's father. Yondu exiled by Stallone (who still can't act). The Ravagers have a code? Who knew? So the Sovereign are gonna hire Yondu to kill the Guardians?  That's pretty convenient. A lot more drama within the group - family dynamic. Mantis is a cool character. Rocket's traps are fantastic. Yondu has been exiled and now mutinied in the first 45 min. Gorgeous scenery on Ego's planet - very colorful and lots of detail. Wow - Ego is a celestial - that's big. Good backstory on Ego. Pretty savage to kill Yondu's men. Taserface - LOL. Nebula has some serious issues. Oh shit - Peter is a celestial too. So, Stallone freed Yondu from the Kree - some good Yondu background. Awww - poor Baby Groot. Ok - the Groot getting the fin scene is funny - Rocket finally got the guy's metal eye. Maybe Taserface should have locked up the fin better if he was so scared of it. Man, that arrow is just the best weapon. Some great individual scenes here. Yondu and Rocket are cut from the same cloth. Canned "but we're your family" bit. Nebula and Gamora certainly have issues to settle. Wow - Peter is immortal as long as the light exists - that's a pretty big development. That graveyard of bones is a pretty ominous sign. Well, The Expansion wouldn't be so good I don't think. Ego is slightly arrogant. Now it all comes together - Yondu's role, Ego's children, etc. Nebula is right - all they do is yell at each other. Pretty dumb of Ego to reveal he put the tumor in Peter's mom's head - why even say that? Pretty good planning to have planted those things over the years. Boy, Drax and Baby Groot really have some tension between them. Why don't they just leave? Ego can't eradicate the universe without a 2nd celestial. So if Peter just leaves, everything should be fine. And of course The Sovereign are back. This slow-burn scene between Rocket and Baby Groot is funny. That arrow has lots of uses. Lots of different assignments going on in this final battle. Yondu sacrificing himself is a pretty big character shift. The Pac-Man thing was ill-timed. Good effects with Ego disintigrating. Lots of growing up in this movie - though we had to go through a lot of bickering to get there. Haha - Quill gets his music back in the form of a Zune. Yondu's Ravager funeral is a heart-string moment with beautiful color sequence.

REVIEW:  Though not quite as sharp as the original, this is a worthy sequel that delves further into the backstory of a few of the characters.  Baby Groot steals the show at points, and it's almost as though the Guardians are all parents now to him.  The soundtrack, while still solid, isn't on the same level as the first.  The 3D effects though are just as good, and there are segments where it's a color-extravaganza.  This film gets bogged down in the first half by constant bickering, which is setting the stage for everyone to resolve their differences in the end, but it's still a bit annoying while it is happening.  Mantis is a nice addition, and Nebula's background is tragic and compelling all at the same time - she is one of the most interesting characters in this world.  Most of the humor was really good (Taserface, Drax talking to Mantis, Rocket/Baby Groot with the bomb, etc.), but some of it was ill-timed and clunky (Pac-Man, the fruit not being ripe schtick, etc).  The characters also tend to pair off more in this one, so a lot of it is more dialogue/personal conflict driven.  The arrogance of the Sovereign was kind of funny, but overall they were fairly one-note and flat.  The Rocket/Yondu and Gamora/Nebula relationships are the most fascinating in this film, and they do a good job with the tension and resolution of said tension.  Kurt Russell is convincing as the arrogant celestial - now we know where Peter gets his personality from.  The end battle scene is much more layered than the typical MCU "good guys just kill bad guys" stock finale, and Yondu's Ravager funeral is very touching and gorgeously presented.  There are 5 post-credit scenes - the best and most important of which is Kraglin practicing mastering Yondu's arrow - so he will be taking Yondu's place it seems.  Overall, though a step down from the first, it's still a very good film that is one of the better entries in the MCU universe.

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Re: MCU Chronological Movie Marathon...
« Reply #51 on: April 21, 2018, 06:40:39 pm »
12 - The Avengers - Age of Ultron:  3.5/10

RUNNING COMMENTARY:  Opens w/sceptre being held in HYDRA base and large fight sequence w/all the Avengers. Why is Iron Man here? I thought he retired. These action scenes are really redudent w/this crew. God the dialogue is already bad ("the language discussion"). Once again, we have some randoms who are actually stronger than the super-heroes themselves - one is super fast, one can manipulate minds. Ill-timed, stale jokes throughout the opening scene. Pretty good transformation of Hulk to Banner. One of the worm monsters from New York in the base as well. The Witch twin just put Tony on an acid trip, but he came out and took the sceptre. Thor was the main one after the sceptre. Jarvis sensing code in the Mind Stone (encased in the blue housing). The Tony/Banner scientific breakdown is intriguing. Tony/Jarvis trying to use the power of the sceptre/stone to create Ultron - well, that went bad really fast.  Mentions of Pepper and Jane, but no show. So Natasha wants the green dick huh? The humor at the party is much improved (since it's not during life/death situations). Ultron has taken over one of the Iron Man suits and is creepy - and turns Iron legion against Avengers. Ultron signing Pinnochio is pretty funny. Ultron killed Jarvis. One of the Iron Legion took the sceptre - so now they have to start all over. So Thor and CA are against Tony and Bruce's plan. Ultron conveniently goes to the castle where the twins reside. So why are the twins following Ultron immediately? So blame Tony because of the name on his weapon that Strucker had and used on them...yawn. Ultron killed Strucker. Black Panther alert - Ulysses was branded is Wakanda (the place w/the strongest metal on Earth - Vibranium). This film really drags in parts - hard to stay engaged. Ultron pays Strucker tons for the metal from Wakanda. God the humor got awful again. So she can mind-warp anyone basically. The mind-fuck scenes are the best ones in the film. So the Mind chick took down the entire team, same trope. Banner getting mind fucked was a bad idea. Did Tony build a special oversized Iron Man suit just to deal with Hulk? An entire building falls in the middle of New York, and nobody dies...hmmm. That scene was Transformers-like. Safe House - meaning Hawkeye's home w/wife (Laura) and kids. Thor's visions making him leave to see Dr. Selvig for some answers. Dr. Cho has "The Cradle" which Ultron wants to build him a body. The Banner/Romanov love story is bogging down this film. Nick Fury shows up at Safe House to lecture Tony and the Avengers. The Cradle builds a body, takes the Mind Stone out of the sceptre, and embues the body w/the Mind Stone (Vision). Thor enters pool of liquid and gets vision of 4 Inifinity Stones (all but green and orange). Scarlet Witch sees Ultron's plan and undos the spell on Dr. Cho who pauses the procedure and Ultron shoots her. Ultron got dull quickly. Now Tony wants to put Jarvis into the body in The Cradle to combat Ultron - Tony & Ultron are so similar. This is very similar to Person of Interest. And here we have the divide again - Tony/Banner vs CA/Twins. Thor shoots lightning into Cradle and Vision is born. Vision picking up the Hammer was pretty funny. Avengers to protect the citizens and keep the fight between them (less collateral damage). And suddenly we're in I-Robot. This is dumb - "you rise only to fall" so he'll lift a city and drop it?  So lame. Global extinction?  That thing would have to be really, really high before that happened - and it's still not a big enough chunk to destroy the world. So one of the carriers survived? I thought they were all destroyed. The "language" schtick is awful. The juxtaposition in this movie (straight from Diego) is the worst and non-stop. Did she just rip the heart out of a robot a la Temple of Doom? Banner into seclution. Ultron/Vision discussion is the worst. So Hawkeye has tapped out, Banner going away alone. New Avengers facility - the Avengers decree that the Mind Stone is safe in Vision. Thor going to investigate all these Infinity Stones turning up. Tony says he's tapping out (though he's said that before). CA & BW heading New Avengers building - gotta train new recruits - Rhodey, Falcon, Vision, Scarlet Witch.

REVIEW:  It's funny how you go into a rewatch expecting one thing, but get another.  I went into this rewatch thinking this movie was horrible from start to finish.  However, there was a 30 minute segment in there that had me 2nd guessing that.  Starting with Tony & Banner working on creating Ultron to the entire "party" scene before Ultron shows up and through the segment where the Witch mind fucked the entire Avengers team was really cool.  The scientific stuff was interesting, SOME of the humor was actually on point, and the mind fuck scenes of each Avenger was very detailed and created a much more legit dark/ominous tone to the film...for a short while.  However, we got right back to typical canned MCU crap - endless, overshot battle scenes, juxtaposed "comedy" (especially during the final 45 minutes), and just ridiculous plot lines (a small city falling would NOT wipe out all of humanity).  There were a few interesting concepts that could have been fleshed out more - like Tony's blind dichotomy of good vs evil, which obviously has been addressed in movies like The Terminator and Jurassic Park (just because we CAN make A.I., SHOULD we?), but then that would get in the way of the Transformer-like action sequences that just become white noise after a while.  The same characters doing to same things have gotten really stale with this crew (how many times can we see Black Widow manually take down a foe, or Hawkeye shoot an arrow, or Thor throw a hammer?).  There were segments of this movie that were really boring - the Natasha/Banner storyline absolutely ground any momentum to a halt, and the "language" schtick that appeared throughout the movie is a MCU special that is terrible every time they roll it out.  Overall, this was a below average to poor movie that was slightly worse than, but in many ways similar to The Avengers.  This does not bode well for the upcoming 3rd compilation Avengers film.

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Re: MCU Chronological Movie Marathon...
« Reply #52 on: April 21, 2018, 07:36:15 pm »
Gotta say, I'm pretty happy to be finished with the two Avengers movies and Thor 2.  The rest of the re-watches (minus Spider-Man) should be very watchable...The rest of the group is...

Ant-Man
Civil War
Dr. Hands
Spider-Man
Ragnarok

I probably won't get to re-watch Black Panther before Infinity War since it would be out for purchase yet.

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Re: MCU Chronological Movie Marathon...
« Reply #53 on: April 21, 2018, 08:39:30 pm »
Dr. Hands
I know you guys have posted that one gif a couple times but how else did this joke start?

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« Reply #54 on: April 21, 2018, 09:10:36 pm »
Dr. Hands
I know you guys have posted that one gif a couple times but how else did this joke start?

Oh man - it's a pretty long story - but I'll give you the synopsis.

Bread came out here last year.  We took acid and put on the 3D version of Dr. Strange on my 65" plasma monster.  So we are high as fuck and start the movie.  We're both dead quiet because we are so high and the visuals are so stunning.  If you've seen the movie, you will understand the next.  About 5 minutes in of neither of us saying a word, Bread says without turning his head or anything "Man, that dude's hands are fucked". 

If you rewatch it, the first 15 minutes up until the crash, every single shot of the movie focuses almost solely on his hands.  Neither of us had really noticed that before - but when he said it, it became so obvious.

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« Reply #55 on: April 21, 2018, 09:19:16 pm »
Dr. Hands
I know you guys have posted that one gif a couple times but how else did this joke start?

Oh man - it's a pretty long story - but I'll give you the synopsis.

Bread came out here last year.  We took acid and put on the 3D version of Dr. Strange on my 65" plasma monster.  So we are high as fuck and start the movie.  We're both dead quiet because we are so high and the visuals are so stunning.  If you've seen the movie, you will understand the next.  About 5 minutes in of neither of us saying a word, Bread says without turning his head or anything "Man, that dude's hands are fucked". 

If you rewatch it, the first 15 minutes up until the crash, every single shot of the movie focuses almost solely on his hands.  Neither of us had really noticed that before - but when he said it, it became so obvious.
I see. I didnít notice that when I watched it. Havenít rewatched it since it opened so I suppose that might have stood out on rewatch.

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« Reply #56 on: April 21, 2018, 09:33:01 pm »
Dr. Hands
I know you guys have posted that one gif a couple times but how else did this joke start?

Oh man - it's a pretty long story - but I'll give you the synopsis.

Bread came out here last year.  We took acid and put on the 3D version of Dr. Strange on my 65" plasma monster.  So we are high as fuck and start the movie.  We're both dead quiet because we are so high and the visuals are so stunning.  If you've seen the movie, you will understand the next.  About 5 minutes in of neither of us saying a word, Bread says without turning his head or anything "Man, that dude's hands are fucked". 

If you rewatch it, the first 15 minutes up until the crash, every single shot of the movie focuses almost solely on his hands.  Neither of us had really noticed that before - but when he said it, it became so obvious.
I see. I didnít notice that when I watched it. Havenít rewatched it since it opened so I suppose that might have stood out on rewatch.

I still might never have noticed it if he hadn't said anything.  Now, it's all I see in the first 15 minutes of that movie.
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Re: MCU Chronological Movie Marathon...
« Reply #57 on: April 22, 2018, 01:27:46 am »
Dr. Hands
I know you guys have posted that one gif a couple times but how else did this joke start?

Oh man - it's a pretty long story - but I'll give you the synopsis.

Bread came out here last year.  We took acid and put on the 3D version of Dr. Strange on my 65" plasma monster.  So we are high as fuck and start the movie.  We're both dead quiet because we are so high and the visuals are so stunning.  If you've seen the movie, you will understand the next.  About 5 minutes in of neither of us saying a word, Bread says without turning his head or anything "Man, that dude's hands are fucked". 

If you rewatch it, the first 15 minutes up until the crash, every single shot of the movie focuses almost solely on his hands.  Neither of us had really noticed that before - but when he said it, it became so obvious.
I see. I didnít notice that when I watched it. Havenít rewatched it since it opened so I suppose that might have stood out on rewatch.

You should rewatch that film if you get the chance - it's really, really good. 

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« Reply #58 on: April 22, 2018, 05:38:42 pm »
Ant-Man tonight.

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« Reply #59 on: April 22, 2018, 10:42:31 pm »
13 - Ant-Man:  7/10

RUNNING COMMENTARY:  1989 - at SHIELD base. Dr. Hank Pym, Agent Carter, and older Howard Stark. Pym particle is a miracle? But Pym says nobody will get their hands on it while he's still alive. Present day - Scott Lang in San Quentin jail getting his ass kicked, but it's just a goodbye ritual. Haha - Lang working at Baskin Robbins (ex-cons can't get jobs) but gets fired when they find out he is an ex-con. The humor is a bit more subtle. Dr. Pym is back - daughter Hope works at Pym Industries. His protege, Darren Cross, has a small model Cross Technologies. Cross is talking about building a soldier the size of an insect - an Ant-Man (that was what Hank was in the war). This start reminds of Green Goblin from Spider-Man. Wow - Darren is cold-blooded - just shrank a dude int a pile of goo. Lang needs money to pay child support to see his daughter, so he's taking a safe-cracking job. First "regular guy/criminal" superhero in MCU. Fingerprint trick from Beverly Hills Cop & National Treasure. Ant-Man suit in safe - Lang takes it. It's Dr. Pym's safe. Lang puts it on and pushes a button which shrinks him to ant-size. Pym's voice is in his head - he was testing him. Dr. Pym set him up to recruit him. Lang gets arrested, but the Ant-Man suit is snuck in and he escapes. Paul Rudd & Michael Douglas make a good team in this. So Pym wants Lang to steal to formula from Darren. Lang says to call the Avengers LOL. Hope (Pym's daughter) doesn't trust Lang and wants to do it herself. Pym can't wear the suit because it took a toll on him when he did. I mean, really the daughter is much more qualified to do it. The training part was really cool. Obviously Hope & Scott will fall in love. Pym's wife (Hope's mom) was The Wasp - she intervened after Soviets launched ICBM at United States - she turned off her regulator and went sub-atomic to deactivate bomb. Not nearly as many explosions and stuff - a lot more story and training - I like this more subtle MCU film. The "abandoned warehouse" he was supposed to infiltrate is the new Avengers facility. Encounters Sam Wilson/Falcon on the roof and they fight - interesting tussle. Scott got the device. To break into Darren's building, Scott brings in his 3 companions. The comedy is much more apropos. Hope just installed the device Scott stole from Avengers HQ into Darren's building. Some ingenius methods to infiltrate and destroy. Representatives of HYDRA are buying the solution from Darren. Damn - Scott is trapped by Darren in the place where he stored the Yellowjacket suit. Darren has Pym at gunpoint and Ant-Man uses the discs to break through the window. In the scuffle Pym is shot by Darren. Luis is a good side-kick type character. Wow - miniturized tank on a keychain - brilliant. Aww - Anthony (his pet ant) was shot by Darren. And now we'll get Ant-Man vs Yellowjacket - like we thought we would. That was funny - Ant-Man swatted Yellowjacket into a bug zapper. And Yellowjacket goes to kidnap Cassie - so we've moved the fight to the house. The small to big humor is done really well. Naturally, Ant-Man will have to turn off his regulator and sacrifice himself to kill Yellowjacket. Woah - sub-atomic is trippy. The blue disc allowed him to start the regulator again. Of course Scott and Hope are an item now.
 
REVIEW:  This was the most subtle, muted MCU movie so far.  A lot more attention paid to the technology and training aspect of the Ant-Man suit and formula then explosions.  The acting is really strong - both Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas play their parts perfectly, and Rudd's sidekick Luis is a good ancillary character.  The humor is less canned and much more apropos - we don't see jokes being made during the life & death battles - they are more during the training and exposition portions of the film.  There are some connections to the other MCU films - we hear SHIELD and HYDRA mentioned a few times, and Ant-Man does unknowingly infiltrate the Avengers new facility and battles with Falcon, but the movie is not really based around the Avengers.  There are some telegraphed moments that could have either been hidden better or not done at all - Scott & Hope ending up together, Scott having to go sub-atomic at some point, Scott having to make the ultimate sacrifice.  But there were also some clever & unexpected moments - the miniturized tank, some of the abilities of the ants to infiltrate and destroy, and Anthony dying just to name a few.  The pacing was swift and this movie being under 2 hours didn't drag at all.  Darren is another stale "ego-villain" who only wants to be the most powerful man in the world and control everything - gee, we've never seen that before, and other than Luis there aren't a lot of interesting side characters.  The CGI special effects are good, but not spectacular like Dr. Strange.  Overall, this is a good film that gives us our first real "regular guy" type superhero in MCU.  He's just an estranged husband who wants to spend time with his daughter and can't help but take the easy road to make a quick buck - so he's a perfect candidate to morph into a "do-gooder".  Definitely worth a watch and steps a little bit outside of the normal MCU mold.

 

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