This is the beginning of another series article on best movies, namely the best superhero movies in 2015. I had originally placed this under science fiction but decided to create a new sub-category for it under the genre superhero. I hope that you will enjoy my choice especially my reason for it.
To start off the superhero movies in 2015, I present you the Ant-Man.
The story of Ant-Man is that of a little scammer named Scott Lang. With an amazing ability – to shrink to as much as he wants, he needs to embrace the hero’s hand to help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, fight a new generation of formidable threats, and protect the secret of the spectacular Ant-Man costume. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must put carry out a daring burglary that could save the world from a fatal outcome …
All things considered, the show was fun with an enchanting cast. Everybody was well utilized for their respective part. Paul Rudd is very comfortable in the skin of the great cheat looking for redemption, and Michael Douglas shows up, fit as a fiddle in his mentor character. Great casting decisions.
In any case, the group dynamics works perfectly, thanks to the humor, effective and well dosed. The scenario does not throw up a lot of surprises, neither in its stakes (to prevent a weapon of destruction falls into the wrong hands – yet again), nor into its characters (the Robin Hood redeems himself and the archetypical villain in his psychology ), but everything else is fluid and without any downtime. The action scenes (special mention of the nightclub) and the special effects (a young Michael Douglas that brings to mind a similarly young Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2) are pretty well packed. A little more madness would not have hurt, and it is obvious that neither the film of superheroes, nor the comedy will be revolutionized, but Ant-Man fulfills its primary function: stay safe and entertain!
Directed by Peyton Reed
Based on Ant-Man by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber & Jack Kirby
Starring – Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian & Michael Douglas
Release date – June 29, 2015 (Dolby Theatre), July 17, 2015 (United States)
Running time – 117 minutes
Language – English
Box office – $519.3 million
As Marvel film universe obliges, it is necessary to connect this to the rest of the herd. Although a little artificial, Scott Lang’s meeting scene with one of the Avengers is rather funny. Easily the most fun of the movie.
This is not a geeky sci-fi movie. Neither do I consider this a spectacular or groundbreaking show. To me, sci-fi movies generally fall into two categories. One that is pure high adrenaline entertainment and/or two that makes you think. This is definitely the former. And it is sufficiently entertaining for me to rank it.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Tony Stark is trying to revive a peacekeeping program hitherto suspended. But things go wrong and the superheroes Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, the Black Widow and Hawkeye are soon facing their biggest test, while the fate of planet Earth is uncertain. Faced with the emergence of the evil Ultron, superheroes must once again unite to prevent it from achieving its dark designs. Unexpected alliances are sealed and their epic and global adventure will be dotted with danger and action …
Avengers: Age of Ultron was not only to be the culmination of the second phase of Marvel’s extended universe in the cinema, but also to surpass the first part. If the first Avengers was far from perfect, it had at least the merit of introducing the group of superheroes on the big screen. After this, Avengers: Age of Ultron had to push the cursor even further.
Unfortunately, the film remains too formatted and too linear. The idea of starting the feature film with a big action scene (like a James Bond movie) is a good idea, as is the idea of a little thickening of the secondary characters that are Hawkeye and the Black Widow. The scene where Iron Man tries to reason and stop a recalcitrant Hulk is rather successful. As for Ultron, it underwhelms as a villain. Some may actually end up empathizing with its reason for destroying mankind. Again, this is not a unique premise and has been explored in other shows. Also, the initial loss to be followed up with a big win, in the end, is just too formulaic. After all the progress that we have seen on the tv, we would have expected the big screen to provide us with higher value plotlines.
Directed by Joss Whedon
Based on The Avengers by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Starring – Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson
Release date – April 13, 2015 (Dolby Theatre), May 1, 2015 (United States)
Running time – 141 minutes
Language – English
Box office – $1.405 billion
Regarding humor, one of the characteristics of Marvel cinema, it goes very well when it is judiciously dosed (as in the Guardians of the galaxy for example). Watch out for Thor. Chris Hemsworth should really consider a career in comedies. Trust me, his reaction when the others were challenged to lift his hammer really made my day. Truly a coup de grace.
On the whole, in terms of entertainment value, the movie is still definitely worth a look.