The Movie: 6.5/10
I get it, we love super heroes. They are stronger, faster, more tooled up with powers and gadgets, and they are bigger….oh..wait, bigger? Not so much. We do need to explore every possible way for someone to be able to beat the bad guys, so why not go small, really really small? A man who discovered a way to make atoms closer together, thus able to shrink stuff down, has tried to hide his discovery for many years, but now a jerk has got a hold of the idea and, well, that’s the movie.
I didn’t really care to see or not see this movie. It didn’t appeal to me at all. I’m not sure why not, but I came it with the blah blah blah attitude so it had an uphill battle to win me over. I can’t say I didn’t like it, but it has so many things that turned me off I’m still processing which won out, the good or the bad. Let’s examine.
First the idea is the science of atoms and being able to bring them closer together, which kind of explains the concept and I like that. It’s been a hidden thing that our Michael Douglas character has been coveting for many years for some mysterious reason, and I kind of like that. We meet the new semi-bumbling but clever and moral centric criminal who will become a part of this whole thing, hmmm not sure I like that, and then we meet his three friends and I DO NOT LIKE THAT PART of it at all. They made three characters so idiotic acting, but obviously smart enough to pull of a heist, that it’s embarrassing. I can’t imagine how their lines, their behaviors, their scenes ever got past a group of people who watched the dailies. It’s not funny, it’s not charming, it’s just ugh.
As for the action, I did like it. I enjoyed the shrinking more than I thought I would. These days, I mean, there are no excuses for not making it look awesome. I will say this though, I was hoping for a bit more of him being small among the normal stuff of life. The best scene was in a kid’s room with the big battle taking place on such a small-scale among the toys that a casual observer wouldn’t be aware of the world-changing events taking place. I do want more of that though, being with big giant coffee cups and toothbrushes. I guess I’m thinking old school here, Innerspace, Honey I Shrunk The Kids, and other classics. The fighting I found a bit boring. I mean, a guy flying to the ground because you know and ant-sized other guy is punching him? Not that interesting.
The overall story is pretty OK with me. I mean, scientists, criminals, world domination, skin-tight body suits, the formula has worked for a long time. Let’s keep’em coming Marvel and we’ll let you know when we are done with the super hero thing…..make it fast.
- Special Note – We were given a Disney Movies Anywhere digital copy for review which comes with no special features the Blu-Ray edition is out early December.
Cover Art and Menus: 4/10
I don’t like to use this modern term of neutrality, but “Meh”. I would not have this cover as a poster. It’s boring and does not reflect the awesome potential of an antsized dude!!
Audio & Video: 6/10
Usually here I would review the audio/picture quality of the Blu-Ray but we were provided with a digital copy. I redeemed the Disney Anywhere copy on Vudu and watched in HDX quality on a 103 inch projector screen and can honestly say it was of inferior quality to a Blu-Ray image. Streaming quality is simply not as good and until we all get fiber internet and no data caps it will always be the lesser option.
Overall Score 6.5/10