Winter Sunlight

Birthday (and Ant-Man)

And so, I'm 39. When I was about 14, I remember making one of my characters 39 because I wanted him to be old and world-weary, but not too old to relate to. Hi, 14-year-old me, from just this side of unrelatably old! XD

Thank you for the birthday wishes, emails and gifts, everybody. ♥ It was a mellow day in which I didn't get anything done, but in a good way - had lunch with friends, chatted with my family on the phone, and saw a movie (Ant-Man). Which, since this is ostensibly a blog for talking about pop culture and media, I will discuss under the cut.

It was pretty much everything I expected from the trailers (and not much more). I enjoyed it, but it also felt very much like Extruded Superhero Movie Product. I think it made me realize how much more I've come to expect from the MCU movies. This was, I believe, a script that had been around since 2004 or so, and it felt like it. They're doing more with their movies now, and this just felt like a forgettable mid-2000s superhero movie.

That said, it was entertaining and funny. The thing I ended up liking best is actually a relatively minor thing, overall, but I really liked that New Cop Boyfriend turned out to be a nice guy after all, and I enjoyed the wrap-up with Scott being welcomed back into his ex-wife's family but not getting back together with his ex.

Also, I knew the after-credits scene had to do with Bucky and Steve, but I had managed to avoid any specific spoilers on its content and ... wow, that was nothing like any of my imaginings about how their reunion might go down. This greatly increases the chances that Civil War is going to be an h/c-stravaganza, right? :D

ETA: Mild Civil War spoilers:

According to this article, the after-credits scene for Ant-Man is cut from Civil War footage, which means this actually is a scene that occurs in the movie. (Which, well, you never know, right? It could've been a tease of something that happened months before Civil War and is never seen!) Anyway, still avoiding spoilers for the movie, but it certainly does look like the Bucky-Steve reunion in Civil War is going to be a lot more h/c-laced than the comics version. NO COMPLAINTS HERE.

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Haha, yes, both of these things, and I was thinking that watching the movie too (including the comparison to the Lego Movie). Scott's much-vaunted burglary skills never actually came into play in the heist -- all the required skills were things he had to learn, which Hope knew already. It would've been about a billion times more efficient to just let Hope wear the suit. The movie never even gave a good explanation for "why Scott"; I guess the Robin Hood nature of his previous crime probably had something to do with it, but there was a big element of "because the script says so" to a lot of the plotting in this movie. Why did Hank pick Scott? Because script! Why does Scott have to wear the suit instead of Hope or Hank? Script! (Even the tossed-off reason why Hank can't do it felt shoehorned in at the last minute. "The suit has taken a toll on my body." WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN. He doesn't seem sick in any other way!)

I enjoyed the movie -- I am also partial to heist movies -- but it was a very middle-of-the-road movie in general. Fun but forgettable.