Monthly Archives: July 2015

#AntMan – A Tango’s Thoughts quick review,

Marvel’s done it again, let me tall ya! I went to see the final installment of Marvel’s Phase 2, which would be Ant-Man (yes, it’s the final movie in Phase 2, not the first one in Phase 3!). While it’s not as astonishing as Avengers, it’s most definitely better than The Incredible Hulk. Here are some of my thoughts on Marvel’s smallest hero, Ant-Man.

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First off, I have to say that I am a bigger fan of Hank Pym’s version of Ant-Man in the comics, but the use of Scott Lang’s version in the MCU worked out just right. The two versions binds this film together with the rest of the MCU in a way that couldn’t have been done if they went straight forward with Pym’s Ant-Man as this story shows us Pym (as a digitally de-aged Michael Douglas) leaving S.H.I.E.L.D in the 80’s and provides the backstory for why Scott has to become the new Ant-Man. Brilliant writing there, I have to say!

As for the actor, well…. I was a bit worried when they announced Paul Rudd would helm the suit but my worries were trumped as soon as he came on screen. Amazing performance from Rudd, and it showed during the film that he had worked tirelessly in the gym to get his own super hero physique, so props to him!
Michael Douglas was brilliant, as always, but I kinda feel that it would’ve been really awesome to actually see him don the suit as well, but alas, no such luck. The chemistry between the two were great as well, and it gave their characters a push in the right direction.

As for Evangeline Lilly, well, there’s really not much one can say about her. Besides her being one of the most gorgeous women on the planet, her talents in front of the camera seems to know no bounds. She was brilliant in Lost, she was great in Real Steel and she was fantastic in The Hobbit, so there was no surprise to see her shine in Ant-Man as well. I can’t wait for her to don the Wasp-moniker (which we all know will happen sooner or later).

The writing behind this film was surprisingly good and the cinematography was brilliant. The effects were amazing and the acting was almost perfect, but there is one thing about this film that I didn’t quite like and that was Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket. First of all, he was a bad clone of Obadiah Stane from the first Iron Man-film, but the way Stoll portrayed him was boring, stale, unoriginal and bland. The Yellowjacket-concept was great, though, and a magnificent villain to add to the roster, I just didn’t like the way Stoll brought him to life. Here’s hoping that he won’t be back in future installments!

So to conclude this quick-review……
With good writing, great effects, amazing cinematography and overall brilliant performances from most of the people involved, Marvel’s Ant-Man can proudly stand among its peers as it receives the Tango ‘Stamp of Approval’. That’s all I have for you on this right now, but rest assured, it will be a part of my Marvel- and MCU-centric webisodes down the line, but until then….

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#TimeToKill – A Tango’s Thoughts quick-review

Whoa, I guess it’s been a while since I’ve written anything, huh? Well, what better way to boot things back up again with a short, as I got a chance to see Time To Kill. The movie is co-written by Christopher T. Wood, Scott Frank and Justin Rettke, who also directed. Without dragging things out any further, here are some thoughts on the Crime/Comedy short Time To Kill.

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Time to Kill posterA movie about a hitman waiting for his mark, passing time… not really a plot that screams ‘Watch me, damn it!’, but as I am a firm believer of not judging anything by its cover, I went into the experience with nothing even resembling expectations, and right off the bat, a mere minute in I got my first giggle and a very pleasant one at that. The giggles were present all through the film, as we get to see what this hitman does to pass the time, whether it’s fixing a creaking door, trying out “relaxing” yoga stances, talking on the phone or perusing through stuff lying about, being all around bored and at the same time battling some career opportunities. It’s without a doubt an interesting take on the “hitman” crime genre, but as the movie is in fact a short, there’s really not that much to review so I’m gonna keep this short and sweet. The plot is interesting, the cinematography is brilliant and Christopher T. Wood as the hitman definitely has talent. Hey, Hollywood…. Put this man in more shit! And while you’re at it, sign on Justin Rettke to direct some big titles, I think he could do a very good job with a lot of properties out there!

But, to end this short and sweet review, here’s some final thoughts. I wish this was a feature. Had this film been a 120 minute long crime comedy directed and shot the same way the short was, I would without a doubt pay top dollar admittance price to see it. As I only give out my Platinum-stamps to feature films, this movie gets the Tango’s ‘Stamp of Approval’ with the added ‘I hope they make it a feature down the line’, ’cause it was that good!

I hope you enjoyed this sweet’n curly, now I’m off to watch something a little more big budget extravaganza…. maybe Lucy…. hmmm… Oh well, take care now, bye bye then!