Main Plot Points:
- The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
What We Thought:
- Ant-Man starts off a bit slow, but ends up being a lot of fun. It’s also a lot less serious than most of the comic book movies of late.
- Since it’s the first film to feature Scott Lang/Ant-Man, it has to give the audience the origin storyline and explain how the suit/science works. We’ve seen this with Iron-Man, every “first” film Spider-Man has had, Hulk, etc. Because of that, it does take a little bit to develop and get going especially if you are already familiar with the comic.
- But once everything is explained and the plot kicks in, the movie is a lot of fun. I was curious about Paul Rudd as a comic hero, but he worked out just fine. He brings is charm and wit and his “Paul Rudd-ish-ness” to the film and makes Scott Lang a fun character. You root for Lang despite being a criminal because you want to see him get his life in order and get his daughter back.
- Director Peyton Reed, who is best known for comedies like Yes Man and The Break-Up, handles the action well. Lang’s training scenes look great and are funny. The fight with Yellowjacket is loud and action packed like you expect in a Marvel film yet has comedic elements that make the film a lot less serious than The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Plus you’ll never look at Thomas the Tank Engine the same way.
- The rest of the cast is also quite good. Michael Douglas plays Hank Pym with subtlety and I look forward to seeing Pym, the original Ant-Man, in future films. I’ve been a fan of Evangeline Lilly’s since Lost and she’s great opposite Douglas and Rudd. Corey Stoll is putting together a fantastic resume and I hope he makes a return in future films. And can you ever go wrong with Bobby Cannavale? Nope, never.
- Scott Lang’s crew might be the best part of the film though. I’ve been a Michael Pena fan since before The Shield and he’s great in this. There’s a scene where he tells Scott how he learned of a heist and it’s hilarious. T.I. continues to be a shock that he can genuinely act unlike other hip hop acts. Their other partner, played by David Dastmalchian fits in just as good.
- I was worried about Ant-Man a little. I figured I’d like it, I overall enjoy all Marvel films, but Edgar Wright leaving was a major negative going into it. Since the film has a lot of comedy in it, I’m assuming they used most of Edgar and Joe Cornish’s original script. All that being said I really enjoyed the film. It will do well, but won’t make Avengers or Guardians type money. If you like comic book movies, go see it and make sure to stay till after all the credits!
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Paul Rudd
- Michael Douglas
- Corey Stoll
- Michael Pena
- Evangeline Lilly
Recommended if You Like:
- The Avengers
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Comic Book Movies