- July 17th, 2015
- 117 Minutes
Ant-Man continues Marvel’s streak of bringing a superhero that isn’t particularly well known in the main stream to the big screen and this may be their oddest outing yet. Not shocking though is the fact that Ant-Man knocks it out of the park.
We follow Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd) who is a ex convict who upon getting out of prison just wants to attempt to live normal and provide in a legal manner for his daughter to be in his life. Upon realizing just how hard it is out there and the pressure from his roommate and his friends Scott decides to take a job heisting a place that he is told carries a nice reward and is completely safe. Turns out that all he gets from the heist is a weird suit that turns to be a set up by Dr. Hank Pym (played by Micheal Douglas) to recruit him into helping him save the world. It’s from there that we learn about Dr. Pym’s Ant-Man suit that can shrink you and give you increased power along with his former mentor’s attempts to replicate it with bad intentions. It’s from there that Scott Lang has to see if he has what it takes to be the good guy and save the day or fail trying.
Now what just completely throws this film apart is the Ant Man suit himself. Upon training and knowing of it’s use and things to avoid including shrinking too small, you really start to see how diverse this movie becomes. The first half some could say drags on because it is heavily setting up a story and establishing the characters (who I must say this film just has a great cast list of characters and actors) until we start to see the great montage of scenes where Scott Lang is training. From there on out Marvel sets it up for it’s usual second half of great memorable moments and action scenes.
With a cast including big shots such as Paul Rudd and Micheal Douglas almost no actor doesn’t come out shining. From other major characters played by the likes of Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll to Scott Lang’s roommates and accomplishes played by the scene stealers Micheal Pena, T.I, and David Dastmalchian, Ant Man really makes sure that everyone has their time to shine.
With a story though like Ant Man Marvel really had to step it up making sure the action scenes and humor were there. The end fight itself completely utilizes all uses of the Ant Man suit and the gadgets that they have set up through out the film. Paul Rudd was the right man for the role with his comedic humor as well. Marvel films as of lately have had their fair share of funny moments and one liners and Ant Man is no exception. Though in some instances the humor in this film can seem forced or out of place you will still find yourself laughing enough throughout.
Overall Ant Man, like one of Marvel’s previous films “Guardians Of The Galaxy” could be seen as a shot in the dark being based off characters and stories not generally known in the public then Marvel just once again proved that no matter what the content they can make a near perfect film. Ant Man continues the streak of good Marvel films and is a must see for all.