Thursday, March 28, 2019

Ant-Man Review (Project: Henry's Endgame)

Ant-Man, 90%, A-, 4.5 Stars
The making of this movie sounded like a tale to astonish, but it’s a fun movie with a weak villain, likable lead, and a good sense of humor.
Plot
-Pacing 9/10
The run time is shorter than gargantuans like Age of Ultron, but still feels a bit slow at times.
-Coherence 8/10
The movie generally makes sense, but the layers of friends-of-friends that Hank manipulates surpasses the realm of believability.
Characters
-Relatability 9/10
I found Scott’s struggle to get out of the criminal life to be something I think ex-cons and not-ex-cons alike could relate to. Whether you’re a dad trying to do better for his kids or it’s something else, Scott’s journey from ex-con to the hero his daughter sees him as is a message I can get behind.
-Development 8/10
They do a good job of developing Scott, Hank and Hope, but neglect to give Darren Cross/Yellowjacket more depth. They say he was Hank’s protege, but they never really show it. Something more than a few lines would have made him more of a villain.
Picture
-Visual Believability 7/10
The visual effects of the world from shrunken Ant-Man’s perspective are cool in some parts and creepy in others. I don’t know if it’s the extreme close-ups, the subjects of said shots, or bad CGI, but they might be a little too down-to-Earth.
-Purposeful Content 9/10
Everything shown in this movie adds to the ex-con redemption/heist/origin story this movie is. But like I said earlier, showing more of how Darren Cross was Hank’s protege would have improved his character depth significantly.
Soundtrack
-Emotional Resonance 10/10
Christophe Beck provides a soundtrack that captures the rush of a heist.
-Appropriate Use 10/10
It’s also appropriately used with the Latin music that opens the movie and adds to Scott’s diverse crew of Luis, Kurt, and Dave.
Dialogue
-Appropriate Humor 10/10
The humor is well executed where it is used, and adds the sense of fun that bigger MCU films can lose in their grand scale.
-Appropriate Cursing 10/10
The content was edgy enough without going overboard.
A movie about this character may have seemed absurd at the time, but now, it’s opened the door for more. It’s a great time to have some fun and enjoy a lower stakes movie.
Numeric Breakdown
-1 = That Bad
0. Unbearable
  1. Awful
  2. Really Bad
  3. Bad
  4. Weak
  5. Mediocre
  6. Questionable
  7. Good
  8. Great
  9. Amazing
  10. Perfect
Letter Grade
100%-97% = A+
96%-93% = A
92%-90% = A-
89%-87% = B+
86%-83% = B
82%-80% = B-
79%-77% = C+
76%-73% = C
72%-70% = C-
69%-67% = D+
66%-63% = D
62%-60% = D-
59% or below = F
Star Grid
0%-19% = 0.5 Stars
20%-29% = 1 Star
30%-39% = 1.5 Stars
40%-49% = 2 Stars
50%-59% = 2.5 Stars
60%-69% = 3 Stars
70%-79% = 3.5 Stars
80%-89% = 4 Stars
90%-99% = 4.5 Stars
100% = 5 Stars

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