Small Hero, Big Laughs – My Movie Review of Ant-Man

I finally got a chance to check out Marvel’s latest film over a week ago, and wanted to share my thoughts on it. I had seen the panel for this at SDCC last year and couldn’t wait to see it on the big screen. Although I’m not as familiar with this character compared to other ones from Marvel, others had told me that the film’s story line is similar to that from the comics. The lineup for this movie features Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Evangeline Lily (I had wondered throughout the whole time I watched it who that was because she looked familiar, but couldn’t figure out her name. D’oh!).

As with most of the Marvel movies that I’ve watched, this one is action packed and has its funny moments. I actually think this is one of the funniest ones from the franchise that I’ve seen so far, but to each their own. The following gif is from one of my favorite scenes.

And if you’ve been watching Marvel movies as much as I have, you know very well to stay after the credits for a special scene. The same would apply to this one. In fact, there are actually 2 that are shown. I don’t think I’ll ever understand how people just start leaving as the credits roll with these movies specifically. I can only assume that they haven’t watched enough of them to realize that there’s hidden material after it ends. Consider this a heads up if you happen to be one of them and are reading this post!

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Loved the cast, the story line, and it was consistently entertaining. Have you seen this yet or plan to see it? Let me know what you think of it in the comments.

The A Stands for Awesome – Review of The Avengers: Age of Ultron

I stayed off my social media accounts last night since several friends caught the latest Avengers movie. I finally got to see it this morning and was not disappointed. I didn’t pay too much attention to the trailers for the movie prior to its release, so I really didn’t know what to expect. I won’t spoil anything for those of you who do plan to watch it. But I will say it had lots of action, as all Avengers movies do, plus a little humor sprinkled here and there. Those of you that have been following these Marvel movies are probably wondering, as I was, on whether or not there is an end of credits scene. Sadly, there isn’t. However, stay tuned after at least the first 2-3 minutes of the credits because they do show a small clip. You’ll just have to watch it to see what it’s about. This gets 2 thumbs up from me!

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Thoughts on Furious 7

For those that have been following the Fast & Furious franchise since the debut of their first film in 2001, the 7th installment was released last Friday. Once again, familiar faces from past films reunite for another mission. There’s also a handful of celebrity cameos. And like any Fast & Furious movie, there’s lots of action sequences and, of course, cars. I don’t plan on dropping any spoilers for anyone who still has yet to watch it, but hopefully you won’t be disappointed. Some fans have noticed that F&F has evolved its focus from racing cars to the importance of family, and that because of this, it’s begun to lose its edge. I overheard a discussion about the movie yesterday morning over the radio. One of the hosts said that the movie “sucked”, again noting a loss in its appeal. However, a listener said it best when they mentioned that regardless of how the films’ reception has fluctuated and proven said changes over the years, once you’ve become a fan, you’ll always remain one. I consider myself that, despite skipping out on watching Tokyo Drift. Die hard fan or not, if you’ve watched the movies, I recommend that you see this one. With the sudden and tragic loss of Paul Walker in 2013, Furious 7 pays an emotional and fitting farewell to one of their own near the end. I saw the movie last week and the video for the music played during the tribute, which gets to me every time.

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