Movie Review: ‘Ant-Man’

August 23, 2015 at 8:14 am | Posted in Marvel, Movies, Reviews | 1 Comment

Marvel has been on a role ever since Iron Man came out in 2008. After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, a film about a bunch of characters I’ve never heard of, I thought maybe they could do no wrong. But Ant-Man? How could that be any good? What kind of superhero has ant powers? Well, go figure, they still can do no wrong. Ant-Man is good.

The thing that made Iron Man so good was Robert Downey Jr.’s performance as Tony Stark. He made that movie. Audiences fell in love with his character. The same can be said for Paul Rudd. What Downey did with Iron Man, Rudd does with Ant-Man. He’s funny, he can be serious, he lives the character. When watching the film, I believed he was Ant-Man. I never questioned it. Throw it great performances from Michael Pena, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and even the bad guy, Corey Stoll, who just oozes slime ball. He’s the kind of villain you just love to hate. They all come together to make a great movie that, in my case, beat expectations. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Ant-Man’…

Movie Review: ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’

August 23, 2015 at 7:55 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews | 2 Comments

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was an old television series than ran in the 60’s way before my time. That said, I was aware of the show as well as the lead actor in the series, Robert Vaughn. Flash forward to now, and director Guy Ritchie presents a new take on the series with an origin film showing something the television show never did: how did these characters meet? The result is a gorgeous looking film that’s a lot of fun. It’s part spy movie, part con flick and even a little rom-com.

The movie stars Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander. The three of them work together perfectly in the film creating an entertaining trio as they bounce off each other and utilize their collective talent for the missions before them. Henry Cavill comes off his stint as Superman to play a role that fits seamlessly into the world of the old 60’s tv actors. His voice may sound a little stilted to some viewers, but I think it’s a fun nod to actors of that generation. It adds to the atmosphere and the character. Once you get over the voice, his charm and competence comes into play for a con man who is not to be underestimated but is never short of a good joke. Hammer, on the other hand, may be best known for his role as the Lone Ranger, for better or worse, but I think he’s done a great job in this film as the slightly psychotic KGB agent. He’s got a temper but he’s very useful and hard to stop. Rounding out the main cast is Alicia Vikander who was the robot in Ex Machina. Going from eerie artificial construct to a German mechanic swept up in a hunt for an ex-Nazi rocket scientist, she makes the switch beautifully, bringing lots of humor and life to the character. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’…

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