Friday, July 17, 2015

Ant-Man: 2 Reasons To Go and See It

"Margins" is a literary device, as well as a political term. The film artfully weaves a new margin in the Marvel universe, comparing Tony Stark's research (Robert Downey Jr.) to Hank Pym's work (Micheal Douglas) and bringing out the comparison between the two. In the image above, when Scott still learns how to use the suit and utilize the ants as allies, he's been literally going "underground" (also a political term, think of the resistance movements doing World War II) because that puts him at the, literally, "grass roots" level (also a political term).  Ant-Man is definitely a part of the Marvel universe, but Scott is his own type of hero, with his own personality and that will impact the events of Captain America 3 in a huge way.
Marvel's newest installment in the cinematic universe is Ant-Man, and permit me to say: it lives up to the audience expectations of super-hero entertainment in every way. There are two reasons to go and see it for yourself: first, if you don't, you won't have any idea of what is going on in Captain America 3: Civil War. There are 2 mid-credit scenes, so tell anyone you know going to see it, because most of the audience walked out after the first one was over, and in one of them, Captain America (Chris Evans) appears with Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and another character who will have a huge impact on the Marvel universe.  The second reason to go see Ant-Man is because it's an excellent film, full of humor and courage, but also great narrative strategies, like "margins." Ant-Man doesn't just provide great entertainment, it continues the long, detailed public accusation against socialists and their "mental instability."
Eat Your Art Out,
The Fine Art Diner