Thursday, 23 July 2015

Film Review: Antman (2015).

Hi, everyone. I have a film review for you today! I went to see Ant-man last night and I have to say it really blew me away with how brilliant it was. I'll have to be honest, even though I'm a big fan of anything Marvel, I wasn't that impressed or too bothered about seeing this at all. A lot of people claimed it wouldn't be good at all but I do believe they said that about Guardians of the Galaxy and look how that turned out. One of the, if not THE, biggest film of 2014. 

So here's my review for Ant-man:

The Background
Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is forced out of his own company by his former protégé Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) and in desperation, he seeks the help of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). Scott Lang is a master thief just released from prison and is trying to fight to see his daughter. He becomes Ant-Man after stumbling across the suit and gets trained up by Pym and his daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly) to get acquainted with the suit that allows him to shrink to the size of an insect, possess superhuman strength and control armies of ants. He needs to use these skills to prevent Cross from perfecting the same technology for another suit and using it as a weapon for evil.

My Thoughts
Now, I'll have to admit. The concept of Ant-man sounds ridiculous when you talk about it out loud but on screen it actually works! Of course there are some criticisms which we will get to later but let me get through the positives first. 

Ant-man was just.. enjoyable! The plot-line/science of the suits made sense all the way through and the CGI was absolutely fantastic. When Lang became Ant-man, it was truly thrilling. This was something new and never-seen-before. The action scenes weren't too long and didn't overpower the film's storyline or any characters and their developments. Marvel did a really good job in tying Ant-man into the Avengers for future films as well and there were a few great little cameos from some well-known superheros as well which you should look out for. ALSO there are two mid and post-credits scenes which are definitely worth sticking around for. 

Personally, I thought Paul Rudd was fantastic as Scott Lang. Sure, it was the same usual 'average white guy is the chosen for some reason and just happens to be down on his luck as well' but he was a great choice. I've always liked Rudd especially in Friends, This Is 40 and I Love You, Man. He is a naturally funny person and his type of comedy is what I like. He plays Lang very well and blends humour and drama perfectly in Ant-man. And might I add, that man has not aged a day and is looking fiiiiine.

But now we come to some criticism. Although I liked Evangeline's character, I felt like Hope was casually pushed out of being able to do the mission and became a B-list side character. As explained in the film, she is trained in martial arts and knows Darren Cross inside out but for some reason Scott Lang is more capable than her. Plus, she is reduced to becoming a love interest for Lang; the same, usual, BORING story for a woman. The chemistry between Rudd and Lilly just wasn't there and fell a bit flat for me. 

It annoyed me a bit more here as well because she was clearly a strong independent woman who could take on the bad guys just as easily as Lang could. Thankfully however, one of the end credits scenes show she's going to become something bigger and more important so Marvel kind of covered themselves in that regard.

So apart from that, it's an entertaining and visually stunning film that is suitable for anyone. It's a great laugh and easily proves everyone wrong who said it'd be really awful. It isn't as charming as Guardians of the Galaxy and I don't think it'll be as big but it is a brilliant film to add to your Marvel collection.

Here's the trailer

Have you seen it? What did you think?
Thankyou for reading.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Book Review: I Hate Myselfie by Shane Dawson.

Hey everyone, I have a book review for you today! This one is a little different because it is actually written by a YouTuber which I'm not usually a fan of. I have a slight bias against books written by YouTubers because publishers know they will make money off of young fans who don't really know any better and who are willing to throw money away for their idols. Yes, I might seem a little hypocritical because I've gone and bought Shane Dawson's book and Mamrie Hart's book (which I will also review soon!) but these two YouTubers are the only ones I'd read anything from because of how funny and genius they are.

Shane Dawson is a YouTuber who vlogs and creates hilarious, comedy sketches. His videos are really popular and he's very open about his own life and his hardships while also offering hilarious perspectives on pop culture and various celebrities. I Hate Myselfie is a little different but is made up of 18 personal essays about embarrassing but funny incidents that have happened in his life. Each one ends with a certain moral than Shane wants you to take away from the book as well. There are amazing drawings by fans at the beginning of each chapter which I thought was a great idea because it shows Shane's appreciation of his fans and how he's using his platform to showcase their abilities.

This book was a really fun read for me and it doesn't have any complicated storylines. I do love complex stories, especially ones by Stephen King but it was just a nice, refreshing change to read something that was funny, quick and easy to read. Shane's style of writing is hilarious but it may not be for everyone. Shane's sense of humour is very dark as shown through his YouTube videos and this humour is what makes this book so funny. Some of the language and jokes may be a little graphic and shocking to those who don't particularly like dark comedy so I wouldn't recommend this book if you're easily offended. But it was a great, easy, funny book to read and I whizzed through it easily and I think it's something everyone can enjoy. 

Have you read this? What did you think?
Thankyou for reading.