Spoiler-free Review: Ant-Man (2015)

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The story is quite well-written, and uses the character of Ant-man in many amusing ways. For you who do not know anything about Ant-man, the character foremostly has the ability to shrink himself to the size of an ant. With such an ability, it is possible to create intresting and creatively written scenarios. This creativity is something that is noticeable during the whole movie. The majority of the characters in the movie are well-written and suit their respective roles in the story very well. There were, however, a few that could have used some tweaking.

One of them was the antagonist (played by Corey Stoll), who felt somewhat one-dimensional. The other character who could have used some better writing (played by Michael Peña) is written in such a way that I can easily understand if people of the same etnicity as the charater take offence. Ant-man as a character lead to a lot of laughs in the theatre (although often at his own expense), but it can be discussed wether such a character is suitable for a film that is supposed to be family-friendly. If this had been a movie supposed to be watched by the same audience as Neighbours, The Dictator of The Pineapple Express, the question would be an easy one.

The majority of the actors did very well, with the possible exception of Corey Stoll. That might also be because the character as such is not very well written.

Ant-man is a film I recommend to those who are into superhero moies, no matter what publisher. Furthermore, I recommend this movie to those who would like to see a new twist on classical heist movies (such as Ocean Eleven or Tower Heist). In conclusion, I was very content with this move and will gladly watch it again.

//Isak Wolff

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Review: Man of Steel (2013)

What is there to say abut his movie that haven’t been said? Man of Steel to me is a Superman-movie done right. I did enjoy Superman Returns from 2006 but it lacked something that made it less enjoyable than it could have been. Bryan Singer tried to hard to replicate the spirit and feeling from Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980) and it confused many moviegoers – was it a reboot or was it a continuation of Superman II (no i don’t count the third and the fourth movie)?

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Man of Steel avoided this thanks to it being a complete reboot to the Superman franchise just like Batman Begins was a reboot of the Batman franchise as a reaction to the disaster called Batman & Robin (1997).

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Man of Steel is a wonderful retelling of Superman’s origin and it also expands the lore and ecology of planet Krypton where the movie takes place the first 15 minutes, and we also get a much younger Kent-couple than in the original Donner-films. The screenwriters where very smart when they constructed the narrative around Superman’s upbringing in Smallville by using flashbacks like in Batman Begins instead of linear storytelling. A more time efficient way to tell origin stories.

The acting in is top-notch and i think Henry Cavill really embodies the spirit of Superman which are very true to the comics and he also have the body for the character. He buffed up a lot for his role. Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon – everybody brought their A-game.

The SFX and soundtrack where simply spectacular and i was blown away with all the fights (Finally we got a Superman than can throw a punch!) and the overall look to this movie, you can tell it’s a Zack Snyder movie with some hints of Christopher Nolan (Who was an executive producer). The soundtrack of this was fantastic, i think Hans Zimmer have outdone himself with this soundtrack. I have played it on repeat the last 2 years and it still holds up. Fantastic scoring by Hans Zimmer!

With all the praising done i should now talk about some downsides to this movie and there are some minor gripes that i have to address: Some of the fights can be very drawn out and it sometimes feels that the movie is ending but quickly transitions to a fight scene. That’s really my only negatives about the movie.

I really think that Man of Steel is a fantastic movie in it’s own right and shouldn’t be compared to Superman II all the time.

Man of Steel is one of the greatest superhero-flicks to date. One you shouldn’t miss out on and it’s a great starting point for the DC Cinematic Universe.

//Markus Mattila

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Review Time: Spawn (1997)

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When the Mercenary Al Simmons (Michael Jai White) is betrayed and murdered, he comes back to life, as a soldier of the devil. Later on, he discovers something that forces him to make a choice between heaven or hell.

So, what is the story like? It is a revenge story like The Crow, but containing some of the madness of Beetlejuice. Sometimes, it does have me hooked, but other times scenes felt either rushed or entirely pointless. However, I would like to point out that I loved the dark atmosphere that the movie managed to create.

The effects are somewhat like the movie on its whole. Some of them are fair for when the film was made, while others feel dated even for that time. The acting in this movie is acceptable, except for John Leguizamo. Leguizamo’s acting is too much over the top (reminiscient of Eddie Redmayne in Jupiter Ascending) to be taken seriously in a movie like this.

I would recommend this movie to someone who is looking for a film like The Crow but containing more colorful (literally speaking!) characters. I’m glad I watched this film, but it remains to be seen wether I will ever do so again.

I give Spawn a 5/10

//Isak Wolff

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