SUMMARY: The film follows Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) as he bunks up with his cellmate Luis (Michael Pena) after he’s released from prison. After being fired from a minimum wage job due to his criminal record despite the fact he has a degree in electrical engineering, Lang decides to rob the home of inventor of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) but finds a suit instead that allows him to shrink to the size of an ant. Hank Pym hires Lang to break into his former company to steal back his research from the clutches of his former apprentice Darren Cross (Corey Stoll)
ANALYSIS: Paul Rudd is another addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ever growing list of great leads. He provides the more comedic yin to Michael Douglas’s more dramatic yang. Rudd breathes life into the character of Scott Lang as a loveable rogue with a heart of gold. He may be a master thief but he also cares for his daughter. It’s nice to see Michael Douglas in another film considering he’s been ill for the last few years. Michael Pena is also great as the film’s main comedic relief. In my opinion, he deserves way more recognition for his performances.
Although his directing style is not as distinctive as Edgar Wright’s, Peyton Reed does a fine job in the director’s chair. As a director, he successfully combines comedy and action in this latest addition of Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s safe to say that Marvel fans have nothing to fear.
The visual element to this movie is outstanding. This film does a great job showing the environment from Scott Lang/Ant-Man’s perspective. It’s amazing how far CGI has come in recent years. This type of film would have been difficult to make even fifteen years ago. Not only that, the film has a unique action choreography thanks to having a superhero that can shrink to the size of an ant. The film uses these elements to its full advantage.
My main problem with the film is the main villain. He lacks subtlety so much, you can tell he’s the villain from a mile away. This is an unfortunate problem in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that affects even the best films in the franchise. This is in contrast to the great character development the ‘verse gives to its superheroes. The only interesting villain in the ‘verse is Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of Loki as a sympathetic character (despite “Thor” being one of the weakest films in the entire franchise).
CONCLUSION: Despite the film’s shaky production that resulted in the resignation of Edgar Wright as director, “Ant-Man” is a fun action movie that has a lot of great comedic elements within it. It’s another great addition to the ever-growing list of films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.