Ant-Man Movie Review & Film Summary

Ant-Man is a movie that on paper might not seem to have grand appeal. A man who can shrink and communicate with ants. That’s why Ant-Man isn’t a common household name like Iron Man or Captain America. Now, to all my comic book fanatics don’t freak out I’m sure you’ve always known of the character. But someone who isn’t an avid comic book reader, probably doesn’t know much about him. With Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel has shown the world they don’t need the most popular property to make a successful movie. 

Paul Rudd in Ant-Man

Paul Rudd in Ant-Man

This film is no different. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), hits another one out of the park with its latest installment. It is fresh and funny. It’s off-beat, and like Guardians, it will be a big hit with Marvel fans even though it isn’t focus on their most popular character. It is one of the better Marvel movies, now that I think of it. I even enjoyed this movie more than Avengers: Age of Ultron which appeared in theaters earlier this year.

The movie follows Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), who is a thief fresh out of prison with wishes to reconnect with his daughter. Through a series of extremely odd events, he finds himself recruited by Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) to pull off a heist that can save the world. To pull off this great heist, Lang is given a super-suit with the incredible ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength.

Director Peyton Reed, known for making some of the tackier comedies such as Bring It On and The Break-Up, finally hits the nail on the head with Ant-Man. This might be because of the screenplay, which has been in development since back in 2006 when Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish were in charge. Rudd and Adam McKay eventually contributed to the script when Wright left the project, and Reed was brought in to direct. So, with a list of talent like this it is no surprise this movie works as well as it does.

The success of the picture falls on the shoulders of the lead star, Paul Rudd. He is charming, charismatic, and hilarious. He’s a character we just enjoy being around. Rudd delivers wit and sarcasm, but a lot of heart in this role, making Ant-Man one of my favorite additions to the MCU. Douglas and Lilly are good too, just not as good. There are a few moments that the melodramatic relationship between father and daughter felt like a bit much. For instance when Douglas’s character finally tells his daughter what happened to her mother. I just kept asking, “I figured it out in ten minutes, why hasn’t a genius like her figured it out yet?”

I did find myself struggling with the villain, Darren Cross, played by Corey Stoll, an actor who I usually enjoy—especially in the Netflix original series, House of Cards. In the world of comic books, over-the-top villains aren’t hard to find. This was one of the few I just couldn’t buy. It felt too over-the-top, and Stoll played the role like a bad, horror movie psycho. Opposite to the villain is the sort-of-sidekick to Lang, played by Michael Peña. Peña literally had me in tears. He’s such a tremendous actor, with such wide range. He’s played some of the most serious roles, but here in this movie he got more laughs out me than most of the comedies that have come out this year.

Ant-Man is some of the most fun you’ll have in theaters this summer. It has entertaining and exciting action, as the intense Thomas the Train sequence or simply watching Lang go from small to big to small again, and an incredible sense of humor. Just wait until you see the scene that features an Avenger. It is a different type of Marvel movie, which completely works in its favor, making it one of the most enjoyable movie-going experiences of the year.

* Be sure to stay ALL the way through the credits

-By Jacob Tiranno

Here is our review for the other film that came out this week: Trainwreck

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