What To Expect From Edgar Wright's ANT-MAN

What To Expect From Edgar Wright's ANT-MAN

I give my thoughts on what to expect from the upcoming Ant-Man movie arriving next year written by both Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, and directed by Wright. I'll tell you how I think Edgar's prior experience in the Cornetto Trilogy might influence the next Marvel blockbuster, and why I'm looking forward to it...

NOTE: I've only watched the second an third chapters in the Cornetto Trilogy with Hot Fuzz, and The World's End and don't know who's to credit more because both Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright co-wrote them. But for the sake of this article, I will treat them both as geniuses meaning they both the get the same amount of credit meaning this article will highlight Edgar Wright as a mastermind. Let's begin...


5.  A Snappy Opening

After the first five minutes of Ant-Man, expect that most (if not all) attending audience members will be hooked on what the film has to offer. Knowing Wright's non-stop style where a dull moment is near impossible to identify, he'll ditch the clique forty-five minute origin story for something more unique and intriguing. I don't know Ant-Man's back-story down to a tee, but what I'm certain of is that if our main protagonist is a burglar who runs into shrinking canisters and an Ant-Man suit created by the most popular incarnation of the hero who in this version is played by a veteran American actor, and redemption is a confirmed theme in the movie, then it looks like a flavour of The World's End in that we might have a fairly unlikable hero to begin with who we'll end up feeling for a bit more will indeed be on sight. And that can never be a fault in a film.

4. Solid Supporting Characters/ Actors

While not exactly ground-breaking, the supporting characters in both Hot Fuzz and The World's End were great ingredients to make the environments feel genuine and interesting with wonderful actors and actresses to pull them off. It proves that while 3-Dimensional is great, you don't always need a character with layers upon layers of back-story to make them come across as lived in. Take Timothy Dalton's Skinner as the main villain in Hot Fuzz: The film is a homage/ parody to buddy-cop films whilst tremendously standing on its own two feet, and Skinner is a walking homage to action villains with the clapping after the protagonist makes his grand deduction, tormenting the hero by smiling at crime scenes and proving them wrong, but Dalton made you some how fall in love with this guy and impatiently wait to see what his next move was. The way I see it, a character is a skin, and the actor gives it some skeleton.

3. Awesome, Crazy, Relentless Action


I couldn't help but watch the fight scenes in the penultimate and final chapters of the Blood & Ice Cream Trilogy without a huge smile on my face. Nothing beats the pleasure of seeing a full-on gun brawl with British country cops taking on elderly vicars with guns, old woman receptionists, and the fourth James Bond, or the sight of men almost in their forties trying to complete a pub crawl whilst punching the lights out of local citizens with easily detachable heads, arms, or legs with blue blood spilling out everywhere. I've seen the test footage for Ant-Man and I believe that's just a millimetere of a glimpse as to what Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish have in store for us.

2. Witty Dialogue

If he fails on the action, VFX, structure, anything else, you can be sure that Edgar Wright will deliver on funny, witty dialogue that sticks with you and gives the actors some real beef to chew on. I'm expecting a lot of jokes form this film, and I really hope this doesn't become another formulaic structured Marvel film with no hint of Wright's talent as a writer. Thor: The Dark World really did feel like it just existed to kill time until Avengers: AOU​, and maybe even the next solo film. No offence to any American or non-British readers, but our sense of humour is pretty fun to say the least, and Edgar Wright capitalises on that with immense pay-off. Take this conflicting conversation for example; "You can't go, this is special, this is our anniversary"  "It's not the anniversary, Gary... We did this in June, it's October"  "It's the anniversary of the year"  "Every year is the anniversary of a year!" 

1. A Bloody Good Time!

With everything said and done, I have high hopes for this movie and I doubt that if any other director and writer (unless very good of course) had their hands on this project, I'd be as pumped for its release. I don't know if I'm looking forward to it more more than the sequel to the third highest grossing movie of all time, but it feels awesome that they're both coming out mere months apart from each other.


Feel free to write your comments down below about your thoughts on this topic. Peace...


 

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