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Film: Antman

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antman-posterI recently went to see Antman at the cinema with a couple of friends. First and foremost, it was a film I wanted to see purely because it’s Marvel and secondly because I absolutely love superhero movies.

I didn’t really know what to expect from the film since many of the newer marvel films, and those to come, are more and more intense and are starting to lead into bigger plotlines; therefore leaving origin stories behind. Antman takes a different course in all of this and we are allowed to see a brand new origin story of a lesser known comic-book character.

Antman is a character that can be easily mocked; named after an Ant, of all creatures, and with the super power of being able to shrink really small is cause for laughter, but I think this very interesting and highly scientific concept is innovative and a nice change of pace while in the middle of all the other larger Marvel films.

Like all films, it seems, Antman has all the regular properties, such as, action, comedy, heartache, crazy cinematics, drama and a romantic interest. While the romance was probably expected, it was a nice addition to an eventual happy ending.

The cast was excellent, Paul Rudd, playing the lead Scott Lang, was fantastic and played the role perfectly. Other members of the cast include; Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross, Judy Greer as Maggie Lang, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson and many more.

With the innovation of a new character comes a great example of today’s cinematic age; film quality is rising to new heights. There are fantastic scenes with a shrunken Antman in a world of large furniture and an incredible fight scene which takes place between Antman and a villain of a similar size showing a hefty battle around a children’s train set, and yet, the film doesn’t disguise the hilarity of this with anti-climatic cutaways showing nothing more than a toy train falling off of its tracks. Additionally, the CGI Ants create amazing scenes too, especially when Scott Lang’s right-hand ‘man’ is a flying Ant called Antony.

To give you more info on the film, here is the IMDB synopsis: ‘Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world’.

Finally, as with all Marvel films, there was an after-credits scene. While I said that Antman was taking a different course to the main action within The Avengers, the after-credits scene reveals that this is only short-lived as Antman is tied back into the main plotline with a hint to his role in Civil War.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.superherohype.com/news/342923-its-all-connected-in-the-latest-ant-man-tv-spot
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Film: Jurassic World

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jurassic-world-own-raptors-posterThe Jurassic Park trilogy, released and most popular in the 90s and early 2000’s, has recently been joined by a fourth film, a sequel, Jurassic World.

22 years after the original Jurassic Park failed, Jurassic World sees the original idea working rather successfully and encouraging more and more guests at all times. However, the park’s previous popularity has led to the decline in its ‘wow-factor’ as people are getting bored of standard dinosaurs. The owners of Jurassic World look towards years of genetic research to engineer a new breed of dinosaur, mixing dinosaur genes with the genes of all manner of different animals to create a super dinosaur, if you will. As the film gets into motion, what else would happen but the dinosaurs go crazy, escape and threaten the lives of the millions currently on the island and everything goes horribly wrong.

In amidst all of this, we follow Claire, a career driven woman with little time for family, and her nephews Zach and Gray, coming to visit Jurassic World. Then joins Owen Grady, a dinosaur trainer and their best hope of survival.

Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, this film has more than dinosaurs to offer. It has an incredible cast including Jake Johnson (New Girl), Vincent D’Onofrio, Judy Greer, Irrfan Khan, Katie McGrath, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, BD Wong and Omar Sy.

Chris Pratt was my reason for watching this film, I’ll be honest with that one. I never really watched the Jurassic Park trilogy properly; I only caught bits while my Dad was watching it. After seeing Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy, I, like many others, fell in love with him. Not only because of his lookjurassic-world-posterss but also because he happens to be an amazing actor. For me, he was a perfect pick to play Owen Grady and I really enjoy his chemistry with Bryce Dallas Howard too. Their inevitable romance, however expected or perhaps clichéd, was a really great element to the film. Also, I’d like to add, I really enjoyed Jake Johnson’s character and liked what he added to the film.

I really enjoyed the film (as you can tell); I thought the dinosaurs were great, the storyline was amazing and the character development, however similar any of it was to the previous films, was also brilliant to watch.

It’s safe to say that if you’ve enjoyed Jurassic Park or Chris Pratt’s acting in the past, Jurassic World is a perfect film for you. If you haven’t yet seen it, go and check it out!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above photos, they are from: http://www.fourzine.it/2015/06/jurassic-world-non-solo-un-parco-a-tema/16153 and http://screenrant.com/jurassic-world-trailer-2-poster-indominus-rex/. Parts of the above synopsis were taken from IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369610/?ref_=nv_sr_1 and therefore I cannot and will not claim that it is entirely my own.