Forced out of his own company by former protégé Darren Cross, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) recruits the talents of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a master thief just released from prison. Lang becomes Ant-Man, trained by Pym and armed with a suit that allows him to shrink in size, possess superhuman strength and control an army of ants. The miniature hero must use his new skills to prevent Cross, also known as Yellowjacket, from perfecting the same technology and using it as a weapon for evil. Sound good? Lets get on with the review.
AntMan will surprise you when you see it. After seeing so much of the Marvel fare disappoint with the incessant humor forced into places where it doesn’t belong, ( I’m still sore about Iron Man 3 ), it’s a breath of fresh air to see a movie where the comedy works. I love the take on the heist formula they used, which gives it a very Oceans 11 type feel.
AntMan is an extremely entertaining movie, utilizing humor to its advantage. While the formula may remain the same as previous entries, there is something about the heart of this film that separates it from the rest.
If you managed to stay away from the trailers beyond the teaser, you’ll be rewarded by some very unexpected surprises along the way. One fight in particular is quite entertaining with a certain guest star. I absolutely loved the effects. There seems to be some real weight behind they way Ant-Man fights, and the sets and CGI are executed flawlessly.
Paul Rudd, all ab’ed out will bring some ladies his way that otherwise may gloss over Marvels newest entry, but otherwise his performance is solid and not quite as Appatowed out ( if that’s even a phrase) as you’d expect. They cut out some of the foolishness you saw in the trailer from the final release, and I think it’s a better movie for it.
Michael Douglas brings the gravitas to the party adding his style and panache to the role of Hank Pym. His flaws are out there for all to see, and it adds to the heart of the film I was speaking about earlier.
Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne was as good as you’d want her to be, She doesn’t over act, and plays a believable hard ass. She also shows great vulnerability at the same time, which is a hard balance to strike.
Corey Stoll, who was fantastic in House of Cards, brings that same level of intensity to his role of Darren Cross/Yellow Jacket. He puts out this almost friendly vibe with dash of creepy topped with a villainous tone.
The peanut gallery combo of Michael Peña, T.I., and David Dastmalchian are hilarious, especially Michael Peña’s storytelling. I don’t want to ruin that, but you’ll know it when you see it. So well done.
While this movie does contain a lot of heart, and it is quite a gamble on Marvels part, the story still is a bit contrived, but I’m not sure how you can really avoid that in a super hero movie these days. They all kind of follow the same path in a way.
With some very minor nitpicks, Ant-Man is a joy to watch from beginning to end. Peyton Reed and Marvel have put together yet another wonderful entry into the MCU, bringing Phase 2 to an end. Here’s looking to a beautiful future in Phase 3.
Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Wood Harris, Judy Greer and David Dastmalchian, Ant-Man features a script by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Paul Rudd and Adam McKay and is directed by Peyton Reed.
Ant-Man opens in theaters wide on July 17. Don’t miss it!
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