A parent’s love for their child is a powerful thing. Sometimes, this leads to actions that might be considered odd or out of the box.
In the 2015 film, Ant-Man, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is a con-man with a past and a record. He is also a father who adores his daughter. Given a super suit that allow him to change his size, Scott joins his mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to save the world against Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). Joining Scott on his path to superhero-dom is Hank’s daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly).
This movie is so much fun. I can’t comment on the transfer from the page to screen because I have never read the comic book. The best thing is that it does not take itself too seriously, which allows the audience to have fun in a fully engrossing and entertaining manner. The actors have amazing chemistry, the special effects are nicely balanced with the narrative, and Lilly’s character stands on her own two feet without being limited to the relationships she has with the male characters.
It can be said that art can imitate life. The question is, what happens when factors change and life imitates art?
In 1984’s Romancing The Stone, Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) is a successful romance novelist whose personal life can seem rather dull compared to the lives of her characters. Then she receives news that her brother in law was murdered, her sister has been kidnapped and a mysterious treasure map lands on her doorstep. The people responsible for the murder of her brother in law and the kidnapping of her sister are willing to return Joan’s sister to safety if Joan will bring them the map. Traveling to Colombia with the map, Joan meets Jack Colton (Michael Douglas). Jack agrees to lead her out of the jungle, but not before they have an adventure that is bigger than any of Joan’s novels.
This movie is 30 years old. It is as good as it as during it’s initial release. It’s fun, it’s entertaining and it’s an old fashioned fish out of water adventure story that still holds sway over it’s audience.
A person in power is always attractive, especially in politics. But what happens when the person in power is attracted to someone across the political spectrum?
In The American President (1995) Andrew Shepard (Michael Douglas) is the President Of The United States. He is also a widower with a growing daughter. The voting public likes his work, the next election seems like a piece of cake. Then Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening), a paid political activist for an environmental lobby enters his life. Politics and personal life will soon clash as Sydney’s past comes to the light and Andrew must decide which (and who) is more important.
I like this movie. Douglas and Bening work well together on screen. The what if element of a single president a lobbyist from across the political spectrum makes for an interesting story.