Scott Lang is good man who found himself on the wrong side of the law. With the help of Dr. Hank Pym and an amazing technology created by him Scott has a second chance to be the hero his daughter believes he is. Thanks to the creation of Pym, Scott has the ability to shrink to the size of ant and has the strength of one as well. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacle they plan to pull off a heist that will save the world. Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Abby Ryder Fortson, Michael Pena, David Dastmalchian, T.I., Wood Harris, Hayley Atwell, John Slattery, Martin Donovan.
Let’s face it, for every single marvel movie that hits the screen from now until eternity the expectations are high. They set a high bar for themselves with recent films. Ant-Man, the film not the character, might not exceed those high expectations but it doesn’t disappoint either. And from my perspective it does some things better than the previous Marvel movies. The reason why it isn’t quite as good as it might be stems from the fact that it is setting up a whole new character in a world we already know and love. They had to take time to build the back story a bit and more importantly to demonstrate the hero abilities and the cool suit. With the second film, yes there will be a second film (stay for the credits as usual), I think we will get much more insight into the man in the suit and have more time for character building across the board than what was given to us in this first Ant-Man film.
The real magic of Ant-Man isn’t the super hero stuff at all. Although I will say briefly that the mixing of worlds with the Avengers was unexpected and a nice tough. Honestly what made this movie so great was the humor and how honest the film was with itself. It didn’t take itself too seriously but instead even in the more serious moments they brought in humor so that nothing was awkward or strange and it all felt well natural. Yes even when the character Scott was shrinking to the size of an ant. My favorite part of the whole film however was the big “boss fight,” if you will, at the end. I won’t give anything away but it was awesome and not in the way you might think.
With decent acting and the usual likable characters of Marvel I think this is definitely a great addition to the Marvel film collection.
8/10 – 3 words – Thomas the Tank! Just watch and see 🙂
Ant-Man falls into a formula I like to call “BITE.” This stands for Background, Introduce, Transform, Embrace. Just as we saw with the X-Men, Captain America, and Spider-man (plus many others), the first installment into any superhero franchise always starts with the background into the character’s psyche. From here, he is introduced to the person who is going to make him into the superhero we all know. Usually the main character hesitates or is in denial, but after struggling with who he is, the character makes the full transformation into what he is suppose to be. From here, the newly transformed hero will achieve his first major triumph as he embraces his newly developed skills. Sound familiar?
Sadly, Ant-man does fall into this typical rut that we have seen countless number of times over the last 15 years since X-Men came out, but I don’t think that it necessarily hurts the film’s credibility. Ant-man is fun, charming and entertaining. The characters are funny and likeable. The only problem I see with the movie is that it is scripted just like every other superhero film out there. It seems lately that after we see a good superhero movie the first thing out of our mouths is, “The next one will be bigger!” That is because the 2nd installments can focus on action and special effects rather than set-up and back story. If this had been the first of its kind then everyone would be singing its praises. Even though Ant-man falls into this scripted formula, Paul Rudd and company deliver an entertaining superhero experience that will please any Marvel fan.
8/10 Stars – It’s great for what it is, which is yet another 1st installment into a new superhero franchise…