Tuesday, July 21, 2015

'Ant-Man' proves Marvel can do no wrong (for now).

Mich and I took the day off yesterday after the whole Pitchfork Music Festival shebang to write in the morning and relax in the afternoon. Wee ended up treating ourselves to burgers at Kuma’s. Mich loves the held-sized burgers you can get during the week during lunchtime hours since they’re just the right size for her, while I stuff my self into an induce a meat coma with 10 oz. of ground beef slathered with cheese, bacon and fried egg. I’m getting both sleepy and happy just thinking about it.

As we were walking home we decided to stop by the movie theater and checkout showtimes and what do you know, Ant-Man was just about to screen in the theater with the fancy schmancy sound equipment!

The movie was a delight—though whop knows how much better it would’ve been had Edgar Wright actually directed it—and proved that Marvel Studios is truly on one hell of a streak. This is two summers in a row they’ve taken marginal characters and turned them into blockbuster superheroes though excellent casting and strong storytelling (and just enough wit to be funny without winking so hard the hero topple into the territory of the silly). No spoilers from me, but there are lots of inside nods to stuff even I’d forgotten about from my younger years buried between boxes and boxes of comic books, while still pushing along the larger Marvel Universe narrative that’s slowly steamrolling towards Civil War.*

On the way home I caught myself marveling to myself (no pun intended, seriously) about just how far superhero movies had come. And how I’m still honestly surprised that they’re being executed so perfectly. Which probably shouldn’t surprise since I’d suspected all along the reason many superhero flicks flopped was because they either couldn’t take the subject matter seriously, or changed it too drastically in an attempt to take it seriously. Which just doesn’t make sense when you consider that comic books—sequential art—are almost already ins storyboard form. So previous movies that failed? That’s the fault of Hollywood thinking they know better than the artist that made the strories of these superheroes, um, the hero of their endeavors, in the first place. That’s probably why Marvel threw up their hands and just said, “Fuck it all, we got this.”

And boy do they.

*A storyline I look forward to watching unfold since it occurred after I’d moved on from being a regular comic book reader.

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