There's a lot to admire about the production design, as well as… MoreThere's a lot to admire about the production design, as well as Keaton's and Nicholson's performances but overall this film did age a lot worse than some that are up to ten years older. That's partially due to sub par special effects but also a pretty odd timing, which makes for quite a few lengths. You still gotta appreciate the film for starting the wave of comic book movies that are on such a high currently, but this film does not exactly look well under some scrutiny.
Tries to break new frontiers when it comes to bad taste and humor… MoreTries to break new frontiers when it comes to bad taste and humor below the belt and actually manages that, for good or for worse. Thankfully the second half shows some heart under all the piss and sperm jokes and the ending is quite sweet. Like in the modern classic predecessor the best parts are the discussions of pop culture although they do not quite feel as original here, sometimes even a bit forced. Still, overall enjoyable if you're no prude.
Fully aware of the silliness of someone shrinking down to insect size… MoreFully aware of the silliness of someone shrinking down to insect size while remaining a threat to human beings, the last Marvel film of phase 2 decides to just have fun with the concept. Especially the showdown is making great use of the possibilities of people shrinking and growing back to size within seconds. While that makes for one of the smallest end fights in movie history when it comes to scale, it's also one of the funnest.
The film also neatly ties itself into the existing Marvel universe, again showing the benefit of such a well-established world, where characters can just appear and be instantly recognized.
Rudd's charm makes for a great scoundrel type protagonist but Michael Pena steals even more humorous scenes. Michael Douglas is still a wonderful presence for every film he's in and thankfully has plenty of scenes in the mentor role.
Certainly, the plot follows the rules of the "unlikely hero gets convinced and trained to become something more"-trope without much surprises. But once again, Marvel covers a new genre here: the classic heist film, particularly its latest "Oceans eleven" incarnation. At the same time we are entering a level of weirdness here that shows that space, Nordic Gods and WW2 history were not the ultimate frontiers. There is still a lot of ground to cover for Marvel super heroes. And as long as they make it seem so natural, easy and entertaining they can go on for a lot longer.
Hilarious mockumentary about a couple of vampires of all eras living… MoreHilarious mockumentary about a couple of vampires of all eras living together in modern New Zealand. Full of really funny stabs at the genre conventions of Vampire and found footage films. Thankfully, the humor, much like the characters, has a lot of heart underneath a couple of pretty bloody throat bites. One of the funniest films of recent years.