Ant-Man

The kids and I watched Ant-Man, the next movie in our Marvel marathon.  They made it through about half and then lost some interest, but I finished it this morning and really liked it.  Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang, who gets roped into a scheme to stop Darren Cross from selling dangerous technology to Hydra.  He must wear the Ant-Man suit, shrink down and essentially stop the sale.  Michael Douglas plays Hank Pym, the inventor of the technology and Evangeline Lilly plays his daughter, Hope, who also serves as a love interest for Scott.

The action is good and the movie serves its purpose to set up Ant-Man has a possible ally to the Avengers in later films.  The end credit scenes both hint at Hope donning a suit of her own and Ant-Man being called in to help the Avengers.

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The Rules Do Not Apply

I finished The Rules Do Not Apply awhile back, a memoir by Ariel Levy primarily about one business trip changing the author’s life forever.  Pregnant and in love with her wife, Levy left for Mongolia in 2012 and suffers a tragic and dangerous miscarriage there.  Her marriage subsequently falls apart and she must reevaluate her priorities in her life.  While the story might seem depressing and I certainly didn’t agree with every decision the author made, her writing drew me in and I was fully engrossed in the story.

Creed

I was on a long airplane ride and had a bunch of movie choices (yay for premium class!).  I chose Creed mostly because of the good reviews it got last year.  The only Rocky movie I had ever seen was Rocky IV in my freshman health class when I was 14, but I had a general idea of the Rocky storylines.

Creed follows the story of Donnie, the son of Apollo Creed as he trains to become a world class boxer.  Sylvester Stallone reprises his role as Rocky and is Donnie’s trainer and mentor throughout the process.  Stallone won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor.

Overall, I found the movie very engaging.  I liked the characters and liked their relationships to each other, especially the bond between Donnie and Apollo’s widow.  The love story was sweet and the fight scenes were realistic and exciting.  I can see there being another Creed movie in the future, following Donnie’s career as a boxer.