ANT-MAN

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


Ant-Man.
I need to share some of my thoughts on this movie, because I feel like not many people are going to give this movie a chance - whether it's Marvel or not - and I want to change that.

I have to admit that I wasn't excited to see this movie at all.
I'm a huge Paul Rudd fan.
I'm a huge Marvel fan.
But -
There was something about this movie that didn't particularly excite me in any way. Whenever news came out about new Ant-Man footage, I didn't even bother reading/watching it. I told myself that I would watch the movie, just because it was Marvel and part of the cinematic universe so I couldn't just skip out on it if I wanted to stay in the loop.
I was so wrong.
I'm sorry I judged you before allowing myself to actually give you a chance Ant-Man.




Ant-Man was a lot of fun.
It was surprisingly hilarious.
There were times where the jokes felt a little forced or misplaced, but in my opinion that has happened in past Marvel films - like in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Paul Rudd - including the entire cast, especially Michael Pena, were great choices for these roles in order to pull off the comedic aspect throughout the movie. They are naturally funny and charming, so the humor worked for me in Ant-Man. I enjoyed it all.


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This cast is fantastic - everyone from the main cast to the supporting cast had great chemistry together, and it helped the movie be great.
I could talk about the whole cast all day, because they were all that great, but I'm just going to talk about Paul Rudd - who led the movie. He was a great, great choice. I don't know anything about Ant-Man - besides what I've now seen in the cinematic universe - I've never read a comic of his or a comic with him in it for a huge portion, so I can't judge if he was a good choice based on who Ant-Man is in the comics. For the cinematic universe though, Paul Rudd was fantastic. He was great in every scene - from being serious, hilarious, and running alongside those ants - it was great to see him shine throughout the movie.

The graphics. The action sequences.
All of it was awesome in Ant-Man.
I don't want to spoil too much of the movie for you - but there is a scene in the movie where Ant-Man comes in contact with an Avenger, and it was one of my favorite parts of the movie.
The graphics throughout made the movie a lot of fun, considering Ant-Man can shrink in a blink of an eye. The movie definitely had some of the best graphics of the Marvel films - in my opinion.

The ants.
I'm not an insect type of person, especially ants. I was a little worried that I would be feeling the need to scratch my arms during the movie, thinking there were a million ants crawling on me, but I didn't do that at all. The way they incorporated ants into the movie worked, they played a great role in making the movie what it is.


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Ant-Man is in my top 3 favorite Marvel films.
If you're a fan of Marvel films then you know how hard it is to beat out some of the past films, but I just had a lot of fun watching this movie. It was extremely entertaining.
For the people who aren't as into superhero movies as others - I think that you would still enjoy watching Ant-Man. It was a heist type of movie and incredibly thrilling throughout.




RATING:

5 out of 5 stars


Have you seen Ant-Man - If so, what were your thoughts?
Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of the movie.


xxo


MY FIRST CON // PLANET COMICCON 2015

So -
For those of you that don't know, I'm a huge comic fan.
Actually - We are a huge comic fan family.




I never grew up reading comics. I watched cartoons, but I was never too crazy about superheroes while I was a kid. My boyfriend was the one who introduced me to the world of superheroes and the many villains that come along with them. At first, I was only interested a little - I grew to love Wolverine and Iron Man, mainly because of my love for the movies. If some story caught my eye, I never went out to buy comics - I would just have him tell me all about it.

Now -
We collect comics for fun. We buy a handful of comics weekly, it's a lot of fun.
His collection is a lot bigger than mine, but I'm getting there. I don't know everything about every comic, but that's what makes it so fun. I get to go back and read all the different story lines of each character I fall in love with - and right now, I'm all about DC comics for some reason. I've been grabbing a lot of comics on Flash, Green Arrow, Firestorm, Suicide Squad - all thanks to the TV shows that I have grown to love.




After binge watching the first 2 seasons of Arrow, thank you Netflix - I remembered that there was a comic con in Kansas City, so I looked it up.. & I was so excited because Stephen Amell was planning to attend - and the whole line up looked amazing! That's when I decided what I wanted for my birthday - comic con tickets.

So - let's talk about my first con.
We went to Planet Comic Con back in March. Kansas City is not the biggest city, it's definitely not as big as other places that host cons, but for my first ever con it felt huge.




I was really excited.
Well, I was excited ever since we bought our tickets in January.
We only went for one day - Sunday. Like I said, I was excited to see that Stephen Amell - who plays Oliver Queen on Arrow - was going to be there, only on Sunday. It was crazy busy downtown, but so awesome to see people walking around with his shirts on! The whole time I was thinking - wow all these people live around me, why aren't we friends? My first con felt like a place where - people with so many differences, all belonged together - and I think that's why I really had a lot of fun.




When it was finally opened, I felt a little overwhelmed trying to decide where to look first. There is so much to look at - so many amazing artists, and so many comic bins to go through! Comics are pretty cheap at cons also, and when you dig through the bins you can find some legit comics. My boyfriend ended up buying a whole box because they were that cheap, pretty awesome!




After walking around for awhile, it was time to watch my first panel.
I went to go see Robbie Amell, who plays Firestorm on The Flash. I got there a little early in order to find a good seat, which was a good idea because his panel was held in a smaller room. I did notice that there were a lot of VIP seating right in the front center, that's something I need to remember for next year while buying passes.

It was pretty cool to watch a panel live. I'm so used to watching them on YouTube only. I didn't ask a question or anything - but I think it's awesome that he spent the whole time answering audience questions and interacting with his fans that way. It felt very genuine and unscripted - something I've never seen because I'm used to seeing interviews edited on YouTube or TV.
Robbie Amell was adorable in person. I'm a new fan of his thanks to The Flash - but he's definitely going to be a huge star.




Now - it was time to meet Stephen Amell, ahhhh!

If I'm being honest - this was such a pain, especially as a person who suffers with anxiety - the whole photo op section was completely disorganized that I almost wanted to forget about the whole thing. If I were to complain about one thing, this would be it. I wish the whole photo op section, and not even just for Stephen Amell, but for every celebrity was more organized with signs - there were no signs, just tape on the floor! The tickets didn't have what booth you were supposed to go to, it was all so annoying. I stood in line for 2 hours, it was crazy.. but so worth it - because hello, I met Stephen Amell! It was one of the coolest experiences for me.

Also, when we got home and showed the kids our picture with 'Green Arrow' the first thing they asked was, "Where is The Flash?" - Haha they are not impressed, sorry Arrow.




Stephen Amell's panel was right after his photo op - it actually ran late so we had to rush to the grand ballroom to watch it. The room was awesome, it's funny to say that because you're probably like why does that matter - but it does, the lights were green and it was just awesome.

Stephen Amell is as charming as he seems on TV or whenever you see him in interviews. I really enjoyed his panel, I would've preferred a different moderator - but Stephen was nice to stay a couple minutes longer to answer a couple more questions. He's a real stand up guy.




Afterwards - we browsed while we headed out.
But - it was time to bid farewell to comic con.
It was one of the best days I've had in a long time.

Next year - I plan on going at least 2 days. It was a mistake to go just one day, because there is so much to see and do. Planet Comic Con is well organized - minus the photo op area, but that was a different company - their program was well written with clear maps to every panel, with location and time. I was very impressed with them.

If you are wondering if this is a kid friendly event - I think it is for some families, but as for mine - not yet. There is a lot of people walking around not paying attention to where they are stepping, that it's not an event I'm comfortable with taking my kids to. Once they are older, around the age of 10+ then it will be perfect for all of us!

So - here's to next year!


xxo