Wednesday, December 9, 2015

"Ant-Man" Invades Your Home

Marvel's "Ant-Man" invades your home in a Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital HD edition just in time to get it under your Christmas tree. Pure and simple, "Ant-Man" is a heist film for the comic book generation directed by the more than capable Peyton Reed ("Yes Man," "Bring It On"). It just so happens that the costumed guy putting the job together can shrink and organize hundreds of insects into an army to do his bidding.

Paul Rudd takes on the lead role and injects his usual brand of wry humor into the character. A great combination of special effects, humor, and superhero action make for what I consider one of the most fun and exhilarating viewing experiences I've had watching a Marvel comic book movie.

In "Ant-Man," Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is forced out of his own company by former protégé Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). He recruits the talents of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a master thief just released from prison. Lang becomes Ant-Man, trained by Pym and armed with a suit that allows him to shrink in size, possess superhuman strength and control an army of ants. The miniature hero must use his new skills to prevent Cross, also known as Yellowjacket, from perfecting the same technology and using it as a weapon for evil.

The movie is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence. It also contains profanity, alcohol and smoking, drug references, adult situations, and frightening and intense scenes. I felt "Ant-Man" had way more bad language than the other Marvel films and all of it was unnecessary and could've been avoided.

"Ant-Man's" Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital HD release comes with some impressive bonus material. The featurette "Making of An Ant-Sized Heist: A How-To Guide" takes viewers behind the scenes of the film to examine the superhero's costume, the stunts, and the effects. "Let's Go to the Macroverse" takes a look at the creation of the world from the viewpoint of Ant-Man. WHIH News Front is an assortment of content designed to delve deeper into the world of Ant-Man. Audio commentary is provided by Director Peyton Reed and Actor Paul Rudd. Deleted and extended scenes are found as well.

"Ant-Man" is a breath of fresh air in a comic book world that grows more and more calculable. What we have here is a welcome departure from the Marvel formula. It might not be the Marvel movie we thought we wanted, but it's the one we need to shake things up and make their cinematic universe interesting again. Hopefully, what we see with "Ant-Man" is only a sample of what Marvel has in store for us in the near future when it comes to each movie's unique atmosphere and style.

"Ant-Man" is available now on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.

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