Ant-Man: Movie Review
"Ant-Man" sets a different tone from its predecessors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not as deep and definitely not as serious as the other films in the franchise, "Ant-Man" is a refreshing breath in a series of films that is slowly but surely becoming a behemoth to understand and undertake. While being less is what makes "Ant-Man" stand out, it's very standard take on its story limits its greatness.
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief and ex-convict Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), 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 not only save the world but prove that Lang has the ability to turn his dark past around.
Charming, quirky and fun. Paul Rudd's performance as Scott Lang is also the perfect description for "Ant-Man" which also says that the guy did one heck of a job in this movie. Although we do feel that the other actors didn't bring as much to the table as Paul Rudd did. The film's happy-go-lucky take on yet another superhero tale is the perfect breather that we all needed. Gone are the epic story lines, enemies, set pieces and fights and even those explosions that we are all accustomed with in a modern superhero movie. What we get are mostly mild-mannered, teeny weeny fights that are as fun as they are creative. Let's just say that the final clash between the protagonist and Yellow Jacket is something to watch out for. The biggest letdown is the overall story of "Ant-Man". While less is definitely more in this case, it felt like there wasn't anything new in it. It's a clichéd experience to say the least. Overall though, "Ant-Man" may not turn out to be the best in a well-received franchise but it surely goes beyond what we typically get. And for that, it scores high as a recommended watch.
Rating: 4 reels
Why you should watch it:
- totally different take on yet another superhero tale
- Paul Rudd was perfect as Scott Lang
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the story was clichéd
- the supporting cast was so-so
Labels Ant-Man, Bobby Cannavale, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, Judy Greer, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Comics, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, movie review, Paul Rudd, superhero, Tip Harris, Wood Harris