RELEASE DATE: July 17, 2015
STUDIO: Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios
MPAA RATING: PG-13
STARRING: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena,Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, David Dastmalchian, T.I. , Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, Martin Donovan, Wood Harris,John Slattery, Gregg Turkington, Abby Ryder Fortson, David Dastmalchian
GENRE: Action, Adventure
When Ant-Man was announced was enthused. I loved him in the comics but didn’t know how he would fit in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His powers weren’t as easy to get across say an Iron Man or Thor. He became super small and mentally controlled ants… not exactly the type of powers little kids dream of having. But, when I walked out of the theater after this film I was pleasantly surprised and absolutely giddy for the public to see it.
I was scared that the plot would have to be another global threat/new hero saves it type of thing that Marvel and Disney has done well but done almost to death. Luckily (and thankfully), we got a fun heist movie. With Michael Douglas playing Hank Pym (the original Ant-Man) having his long hidden secret of miniaturization being discovered and exploited by a rejected ex-protege, Darren Cross (Stoll), and someone must stop him. Pym enlists the help of a fresh out of jail Scott Lang (Rudd). Pym needs the suit and research that Cross is selling to the highest bidder stolen, and who better to do that than a man fresh out of jail for that very crime. Lang is then introduced to the suit that will earn him the mantle of the new Ant-Man.
If any of you had doubts about Rudd as the lead in a superhero movie can rest assured that they picked the right man for the job. He pulls off the snarky comments and serious action competently. He really feels like he is an everyday guy (that happens to burgle things from folks) who stepped in to an extraordinary situation. Douglas as Dr. Pym is alright but, not much in the depth department. Just an angry old guy mostly. His daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) is portrayed as a overly serious bitter woman with Daddy issues. Lilly is spot on. Stoll pulls off the insane Darren Cross. He’s duplicitous as the friendly scientific face for Pym’s company and as the crazy, obsessive and scornful killer. The best casting decision wasb Michael Peña as Luis. Rudd brings levity to the proceedings but Peña steals the spotlight when ever he’s on screen as a part of Lang’s crew. He had the entire theater and myself laughing more than a little bit.
The lack of Darren Cross having any real back story besides he doesn’t like Hank Pym because he pushed him away. This only serves to make him sound like a whiny child instead of villainous evil doer. He’s just not very deep as a character. Although, that can be said for a majority of the MCU’s (Marvel Cinematic Universe) rogues gallery. So, it’s a problem like usual but not at all a deal breaker for this film. The visual effects team did a fantastic job with the constant miniaturization and growth of Ant-Man and Yellow Jacket. Plus, the animation of the ants that Ant-Man controls is pretty well done.
This movie rocks in all aspects. From the acting, to the action, to the visual effects, to the awesomely effective comedy it gets it right. This film has all of that and still is able to feel more accessible than anything else in the MCU. Maybe that’s because Ant-Man isn’t as widely known as others but, I have a feeling that after this he won’t be so obscure.