Ant-Man (2015)

Here’s something I have been looking forward to seeing for a very long time. Billionaire, Dr. hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is a retired scientist that has created the formula and suit for the Ant-Man. Pym left the company in the hands of Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). Cross wants to figure put how to make this formula so the United States can wipe out any type of army. After realizing Cross is very close to figuring out the formula, Dr. Pym realizes he must act in a way that will stop Cross from doing this. Pym recruits Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). Lang has just been released from prison and needs any job he can so that he can be in his daughter’s life. Lang now becomes the Ant-Man and is trained by Pym and his daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly). The Ant-Man suit will allow him to shrink in size, have normal human strength and also control a huge army of ants. Lang must use his skills to stop Cross from releasing this formula and allowing the world to get their hands on it and using it as a terrible weapon.

This is a movie that I have been waiting for since I heard it was being made and I am so glad it did not disappoint. This is the new installment that Marvel has to offer and I think it kicked-ass. This is really a movie that gets the job done and is everything you want to see out of an awesome superhero movie. I also really have to touch on the humor in this movie because there were some scenes that were absolutely hysterical. This is one of the summer’s most entertaining and awesome movie’s that you will see. This has been one the world and all Marvel fans have been waiting for. Ant-Man provides the audience with so much entertainment, some awesome action scenes and great humor. Also, there are a lot of awesome visual effects.

The acting in Ant-Man is pretty solid and I think this may be the main reason this movie worked as well as it did. Knowing that Paul Rudd was the lead really scared me in the beginning. I did not think this was going to be the right role for him and that it would make the movie really bad. I was definitely wrong and I think that he really showed that he can not only be funny, but he can also be awesome and bad-ass. I really thought Michael Douglas was pretty solid in this. Going into this movie, I really didn’t understand why he was doing this, but he did not disappoint in any way and he was one of my favorite characters. Besides the movie being awesome, I think the solid acting we see help this movie surprise people in bigger ways than expected.

Ant-Man is probably one of the more funnier Marvel movies and it absolutely worked. The humor in this movie is just another thing piled on to what makes this movie as awesome as it was. It is really unbelievable that this worked as well as it did because it is definitely goofy in ways. This is just an all-around fun movie that even kids can enjoy. While this was aimed more towards teens and adults, this is absolutely something you can take your children to see and they will probably enjoy it as much as the adults. With the success of this movie, there is no doubt we are going to see a lot more of Ant-Man. This is one I definitely recommend going to see if you wanna be incredibly entertained or if you are a fan of the Marvel movies.

Overall, Ant-Man provides humor, entertainment and all kinds of awesomeness. We see good acting and some awesome visual effects. You will leave this wanting to see more of Ant-Man.

Grade= B+ (Very Good!)

 

 

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Godzilla (2014)

Here’s a movie that came out this past summer that I really looked forward to seeing. Lieutenant Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor – Johnson), lost his mother (Juliette Binoche) in an accident involving radiation. We now fast forward 15 years and his father, Joe (Bryan Cranston) has been doing some research the past few years to try to figure out what made that incident happen. Once Brody is finished his service, something really bad is starting to go down. A giant creature is born and starts to destroy the city and everyone in it. The mad scientist behind this is  Dr. Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and he tells everyone that this creature that is born is nothing compared to something else that is out there.

Godzilla is the movie that everyone has been waiting for. It’s been over ten years since that awful movie with Matthew Broderick came out. I don’t even want to discuss that movie. This movie was eagerly awaited and talked about for a while. I couldn’t wait for this one to come out and I thought it was pretty good. I was very happy with the way this turned out. I couldn’t go into it expecting all that much because of the way the last one was, but this is a huge step up from that.

This movie is one where director, Gareth Edwards had almost an unlimited budget. They wanted Godzilla to look awesome. When I saw this in theaters I thought the size and appearance of the monster was dynamite. The result of the monster was great. Having said that, this is where the movie ran into its problems. There was not enough of the monster in it.

If Godzilla was in it more, this would be an awesome movie. The whole movie all you want to see are scenes of Godzilla and we see very limited of those. When the monster is away from the screen, the movie drags a little bit, but is still good overall. The characters are not as interesting as I would like, but for all you Breaking Bad fans, Bryan Cranston was awesome while in this movie. He has proven that he can do it all.

Ultimately, Godzilla needed to have more of the monster on-screen. That is what this really comes down to. I think the movie would have been a lot better if they had it on-screen for a longer time. This movie was not a letdown by any means. I really enjoyed watching this and think that it is definitely worth seeing. I just wanted to see more of the monster. That is really my main concern with this movie. I think the director delivered a hell of a fun time to watch and when you heard the roar from Godzilla, people were kind of freaked out in the theaters.

Overall, Godzilla did its job to entertain you and make the watching experience a lot of fun. This is something that I recommend you check out sometime.

Grade= B (Good)

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

Wanna see an awesome action packed movie? This is one for you! If you are a fan of the first one you will absolutely love this. This one is set ten years after the first one ends and most of civilization is completely wiped out. The apes are finally able to live in the wilderness where they  belong. The apes have resided there for quite some time and they get sight of humans still living in the city and they feel they may need to act on this. The leader of the apes, Caeser (Andy Serkis) does not want to start a war wight them. He tells the humans that as long as they stay on their side of the bridge there will be no war. There is one problem with this. There is a generator that can bring back all the power in the city, but this is located right where the apes are living. Caeser is not happy about this, but one of the humans, (Jason Clarke) is able to connect with Caeser and let them know that the two of them can work together without anyone being harmed. One ape, Koba, (Toby Kebbell) does not like how Caeser is handling the situation this way and he decides to do something that will make him leader of the apes. Koba decides it’s time to go to war with the humans.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is an incredibly awesome movie. You have no idea who you are rooting for in this movie. This is not a movie of right versus wrong or good versus bad. This is a movie where the act is definitely the enemy. Caeser and the humans do not want to go to war with each other. As soon as Koba took over, everything changed and all the apes had to listen to what he said. In its delivery of these ideas, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes gives us something that is very impressive.

It was incredible to see how the computers were able to make the apes look so realistic for what was not an animated movie. While watching this movie you feel as if you are the humans on earth. This is a re- boot that was done correctly and it may even be considered almost as good as the Dark Knight trilogy, but that is a whole other argument. The motion- capture of movies just keeps getting better and this was a perfect movie to notice it. Everything just looked too real and it was awesome.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is something that has the audience amazed and wanting to see more. I can’t wait to see where they decide to go with the next one. This is a series that will be talked about for a long time to come.

Overall, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a movie you have to see the first one to better understand why all of this is happening. This movie was a summer blockbuster that makes an awesome movie watching experience. Two thumbs up!

Grade= A- (Awesome!)

Inherent Vice (2014)

This is an ideal life for a stoner. The movie starts out in the early 70’s and Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) is a hippie that absolutely smokes a lot of pot. It seems as if all he does on a daily basis is smoke weed. Things start to change for Sportello when his ex girlfriend comes to him for help when she tells him that her current boyfriend has been kidnapped. Sportello’s ex, Shasta (Katherine Waterston) really wants him to help her out and try to figure out what the hell happened to her boyfriend. As soon as Doc agrees to do this for Shasta, more and more crazy cases start to come his way. Even with all these cases, there is always someone who is going to make sure they are done the correct way. That is Detective Christian Bjornsen (Josh Brolin). Things get way out of hand from here!

Inherent Vice tells the story of three awesome cases that are going on that Doc has to try to put the missing puzzle pieces together. The movie was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Anderson is an excellent director who comes out with some great work. Most notable would be Boogie NightsInherent Vice is a film that is very confusing and may require a second viewing to get the full understanding of the movie. Anderson has done that in the past with some of his films as well. At least it seemed that way for me.

Inherent Vice had a superb cast with some performances where actors stole the scene. Josh Brolin was nothing short of a scene stealer. He was awesome and I think he was snubbed of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. But that’s a different conversation on my thoughts of the academy. Inherent Vice goes from one crazy scenario to another. What’s good about Inherent Vice is that you never can predict where Anderson is going to take you and this works for this movie because the surprises aren’t over the top but pretty unpredictable. And believe me when I tell you, it’s better to not look up the cast on IMDB. Seeing all the surprise little appearances by actors was something really cool about the movie and every part that had that was awesome.

Overall, Inherent Vice is a fun ride that keeps you entertained and amused. It is a movie watching experience that is a little bizarre, but nonetheless an awesome experience.

Grade= A- (Awesome!)