ANT-MAN (2015)

Ant-Man may not be a household name to the general public, but the superhero is an intergral character in the history of Marvel Comics, as a founding member of The Avengers. The character finally makes his debut here, not just in the guise of the original man in the suit – Hank Pym (portrayed brilliantly by Michael Douglas), but mostly as his protege Scott Lang (Paul Rudd).

Directed by Peyton Reed (and clearly retaining much of Edgar Wright’s original concept/script) the film takes an overall light tone, with many comedic moments and humourous lines. Paul Rudd’s comedic background thrives in this, yet it Michael Pena that steals every scene he occupies with his uncanny timing and delivery. Keeping in line with Avengers: Age Of Ultron is the theme of “family”, as such we have a PG friendly installment here, as well as regret and redemption. The making of any true hero.

Evangeline Lilly is stunning as Pym’s daughter, and truly impressive in everything she does, while Corey Stoll takes the mantle of the man we should not trust, as he develops his own Yellowjacket suit to rival the shrinking powers of the Ant-Man outfit.

With many cameos and in-joke references to keep the long-time Marvel fanboy happy, the film does a great job of giving us an origin story while also developing characters that newcomers can truly care about. As a fan of the old sci-fi/adventure tv series Land Of The Giants, the action scenes when Ant-Man transforms tiny to interact with the elements around him are definitely the highlights of the movie.

Ant-Man doesn’t do much wrong, yet rarely hits many high points, either. It’s a good tale and a nice movie, but nothing more nor less than that. It’s pleasing to have this important character inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the future possibilities look very bright.

Score: 7 out of 10.

p.s: An important extra scene occurs midway through the end credits, while another scene after the credits teases us towards next year’s Marvel Studios film – Captain America: Civil War


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