Cert: 12A Runtime: 117 mins mins Director: Peyton Reed Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena and Anthony Mackie
I think we should call the Avengers
We have finally arrived at the end of Phase 2 of the Marvel scheme. Can clearly say The Winter Soldier is still my favourite of them all, after the slight disappointment of Age of Ultron I wasn’t expecting much from Ant-Man. I have read some Ant-Man in the past and I have found him and intriguing character. The whole Edgar Wright fiasco should be ignored going into the film. The initial trailer didn’t wet-ten my appetite for Ant-Man but I eventually got sucked into watching it. So what is Ant-Man about then? Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is a con-man whose extraordinary Ant-Man suit allows him to shrink in size while boosting his strength. With the future of the world at stake, he must find his inner hero and help his scientist mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to pull off an audacious heist.
Ant-Man is a fun time at the cinema (I never thought I’d say that). Paul Rudd as Scott Lang was amazing, and he really got down the family man schtick that I believe the writers were going for. I never really imagined Paul Rudd as a superhero, but I guess it works! Michael Douglas was a treat to watch as Hank Pym, portraying a father who has not been there for his daughter and the mentor who is trying to control his former protégé, and tries to help his new one. Evangeline Lilly, doing a much better job than in The Hobbit, portrays Pym’s daughter, Hope, and manages to really make you care about their relationship. She’s also very tough which leads to some rather humorous moments. Corey Stoll was an ok villain I don’t think Marvel can write a good villain. It’s all about the hero and the villain seems to suffer Stoll is the latest.
Moving on to the plot, I have to say, it truly is one of the better and special films Marvel has pulled off. The whole idea of emphasizing on a heist brought a whole new layer of excitement to this film. The whole set up in the first act of the film was average at best, but when the second and third act came along, the film started to boost to hyper drive and was nothing but pure fun and hilariousness. It was built with great tension mixed with comic relief that worked as a whole. The dramatic elements of the film was moving and did not feel out of place more or less.The technical aspects of this film were top rate, particularly the amazing visual effects. I really liked the scenes of Ant-Man interacting with the different types of ants. The fight scene of Ant-Man vs. a special guest Avenger was also very well-executed. Those scenes in little Cassie’s room where there was a carpeted play area with a toy Thomas train running on its tracks was way better than how it looked in the trailer. The expert film editing was seamless even as scenes were shifting so quickly.Ant-Man is indeed exciting, funny and unexpectedly doesn’t take it self seriously and does top over Age of Ultron. Ant-Man is worth the price of an admission ticket and pure entertainment for families and MCU fans.