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Ant-Man – Comedy and Action Combined

Monday, July 20th, 2015

The Ant-man is one of the lesser known Marvel characters and, with this new film, has quickly become a new favorite for many. The storyline reveals his origins and how he develops his astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. And, of course, like any super-hero movie, how he has to work to save the world. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Harmony, age 16, comments, “From Marvel comes the newest superhero thriller, Ant-Man with a mixture of comedy and action that brings pleasure for people of all ages.” Tre’ana, age 11, adds, The technology is so transparent that it is truly believable. The visual and sound effects blew my mind.” See their full reviews below.

By Harmony M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

From Marvel comes the newest superhero thriller, Ant-Man with a mixture of comedy and action that brings pleasure for people of all ages. The film is about a scientist, Dr. Hank Pym, played by Michael Douglas, who gets forced out of his own company and left searching for someone to bravely take on the missions he requests. With his invention of a super suit which provides superpowers, shrinking abilities and the control of an army of ants, Pym finds his talent, Scott Lang, to be the one and only “Ant-Man.” Seeking redemption for his past criminal behavior, Scott accepts the challenge to save the world and fight off enemy scientist, Darren Cross from using his similar suit for evil. Things take a turn when the world is not the only thing that needs saving.

The film’s many wonderful aspects start with the amazing performances from actors including, Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Corey Stoll. I always know an acting performance from an antagonist is amazing when I actually believe the person is evil in real life. The acting job from Corey Stoll proves to be great when I find it hard to believe that he can be nice in real life. With his past experience in many comedic films, Paul Rudd easily and naturally portrays the witty character Scott without seeming fake or cheesy.

The movie is uplifting and funny in so many ways. The movie throws out jokes about other Marvel characters and icons, which are surprising and hilarious. The film is authentically different in style from the typical superhero or even Marvel film.

The film does include lots of violence and scenes with foul language which is why I’d definitely say the film is for people 13 years of age and older. Furthermore, I would recommend the film to people of ages 13 to 18. Adults will enjoy this as well. The film guarantees laughter and entertainment to people of all interests, including those who are not fans of Marvel or superhero movies. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. Check it out coming to theatres on July 17th.

By Tre’ana H., age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Ant-Man is a superhero who will definitely catch your eye. I can’t compare with the other Marvel films since I haven’t seen them but this film is fantastic. In the beginning there is some drama, but that transcends and goes deep into a sci-fi, action-pack film. Do you really need the 3-D glasses? The technology is so transparent that it is truly believable. The visual and sound effects blew my mind. The Ant-Man costume is equipped with aero-dynamic illusions that makes you speechless. The cast is swift with hilarious dialogue.

This film is about Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), a scientist who wants Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to be Ant-Man. Dr. Hank Pym is amused about Scott past cat burglaries. He comes up with this outrageous scheme to set Scott up. Scott has just been released from prison and is trying to stay on a righteous path. The only thing he wants to do is spend time with his daughter, Cassie Lang (Abby Ryder Fortson), but he is having a hard time with her mother, Maggie Lang (Judy Greer) and her new boyfriend Paxton (Bobby Cannavale) because he does not have a job to pay his child support. Scott is not confident about being Ant-Man and he feels as though this task is not for him. Do you think Scott will be Ant-Man? Do you think he will get a chance to spend time with his daughter? Ant-Man opens in theaters on July 17, 2015.

My remarkable moment is when Luis (Michael Pena) says he does not get scared. So Scott (Paul Rudd) puts the Ant-Man suit on, shrinks and jumps on Luis’s shoulders. Luis is so scared he runs around the house like a chicken screaming and bumping into things. It is so humorous the whole audience starts laughing.

The message of the film is if someone gives you a task to accomplish and you feel in your heart you can do it and make a difference, stay on the mission until you accomplish the issue. The results will be more rewarding.

I recommend this film for ages 12 to 18 and I give it 5 out of 5 Stars because it is adventurous and a great Marvel comic movie.

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Minions – A Refreshing Summer Movie

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Minions_1.jpgWho didn’t fall in love with the Minions when we first saw them in Despicable Me? Now, they have a movie all of their own with the ever-so-talented Director Pierre Coffin voicing all 899 minions in this film. The story shows Stuart, Kevin and Bob being recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Kayla P. comments, “Minions is a wonderful summer movie. It is filled with action and funny moments that will entertain many.” See her full review below.

By Kayla P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 13

Minions is a wonderful summer movie. It is filled with action and funny moments that will entertain many. It begins with a single yellow organism at the dawn of time, which evolves into minions. The Minions travel through different periods of time and encounter people from T-Rex to Napoleon. The minions exist to serve. When they find themselves without a leader they fall into depression. Kevin has a plan to help his Minion friends find a new leader. He convinces Bob and Stuart (Pierre Coffin) to accompany him as they search for a new boss. Soon their journey leads them to villain-con and they find themselves with the biggest, baddest and the world’s first female villain, Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock).

My favorite part is when Bob is the King of England for a few hours and he has to make a speech. At the beginning of the speech he shouts, “King Bob!” and everyone starts to cheer for him. Then, he delivers his speech and, of course, he speaks in Minion-speak. Once Bob finishes his speech everyone is appalled and stands in complete silence. Bob then grabs the microphone and shouts, “King Bob”! Then everyone cheers. Bob sticks his hand out and drops the microphone and walks away.

My favorite character is Bob. He is very adorable and he is the baby of the group. Bob is frightened by the real world and tries hard to be brave for his Minion buddies. Bob has a little stuffed bear name Tim that he is very attached to. Whenever he is in a fight and drops Tim he runs back to get him.

The message of this movie is never give up! Throughout the movie the Minions are really determined to find themselves an evil villain to serve and when they do, they work hard to do whatever it takes to make their boss happy.

Minions is a wonderful movie! I recommend it for boys and girls ages 5 to 18-years-old. I give this movie 5 out of 5 golden stars. Minions opens in theaters July 10, 2015.

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