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.
Director: Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Matt Gerald, Corey Stoll
Release Date: Jul 17, 2015 RealD 3D
Runtime: 1 hr. 55 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Family
I have no issue saying that I expect the worse when I heard Antman was announced to the docket of Marvel films being made. First of all, the concept is one of those ridiculous conceits that probably play better on the page than in real life. Secondly, there’s all the behind the scenes drama with Edgar Wright leaving the project and Peyton Reed coming and having to rewrite part of the script with Paul Rudd. It just seemed ready made for a disaster, so was it? No, it’s a fun movie that’s hilarious in parts and enjoyable throughout. The sillier part of the concept is pulled off with impressive ease and Paul Rudd fits the role perfectly. A solid supporting cast, anchored by a very engaged Michael Douglas, makes for an all around good time. It’s the type of Marvel film you come to expect and it doesn’t throw any major curveballs. There are a few Marvel universe bits thrown in and it’s not as shoehorned as they’ve been in other film. Minor issues like Evangeline Lilly’s wig and Corey Stoll mustache twirling villainy, I still half expected his toupee from The Strain to pop up, are digestible. Antman is a solid entry to the ever expanding universe and worth seeing for impressive action set pieces and a surprisingly sharp script, be sure to stick around for the two stingers at the end.