We’re at the tail end of Marvel’s Phase Two. And, for some strange reason, Marvel decided not to end it with Avengers: Age of Ultron. Instead, they decided to make the last Phase Two film all about a new superhero. Oh, it wouldn’t be such a huge gamble if were one of the Avengers (I’m still waiting for a sequel to The Incredible Hulk starring Mark Ruffall0) or if it were an big-named hero.
Instead, the Marvel Cinematic Universe decided to give us a movie based on Ant-Man, a little known hero… pun intended. But does size matter? Pun intended again!
As with a lot of reviews here, this will be a SPOILER FREE review!
In Ant-Man, Scott Lang is a cat burglar who is recruited by Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne to steal a piece of technology from Pym’s former protoge, Darren Cross. In order to assist with the heist, Hank Pym gives Scott Lang the Ant-Man suit, which gives the wearer the ability to shrink down in size but boosts their strength and agility.
Yes, you read that right: Ant-Man isn’t so much a superhero movie but more like a heist film along the lines of Ocean’s 11 and the Mission Impossible movies! That actually caught me a little off-guard. It does tend to lower the stakes since, well, they’re not actually saving the world. However, like Ocean’s 11 and the Mission Impossible films, Ant-Man is an extremely entertaining film!
I’ll admit, it took a while for the movie to actually get going. The first 15 to 20 minutes of Ant-Man is, in all honesty, was boring. I do understand they used this time to give us the entire premise and introduce all the main players. It was still dull. But once they got of that hurdle, it was full steam ahead! They used Ant-Man and Yellowjacket’s shrinking ability to good use during the action sequences. Most of the jokes worked. There were actually a couple of times I laughed out loud during Ant-Man!
The best thing I have to say about Ant-Man is its visual design. The Ant-Man and Yellowjacket costumes are really beautifully designed! They just look fantastic on the big screen. Also, I love the fact that they don’t look like costumes and it seems like they were designed out of necessity. Unlike Captain America’s flag looking costume or Hawkeye’s sleeveless leather outfit, the Ant-Man and Yellowjacket costumes looks like they were made to protect the wearer.
The special effects were fantastic! From the CGI ants to the “little” worlds, they were all believable. I know they were all special effects and a lot of them were computer generated but my mind was thoroughly fooled! I love the little special effects flourish whenever they show the outline of Ant-Man whenever he shrinks down! It’s probably not going to be noticed by a lot of people but I really appreciate that they did it.
The acting is actually pretty good overall. I like Paul Rudd as the down-on-his-luck but still witty Scott Lang. Michael Douglas still has great acting chops as seen in his portrayal of the grizzled soldier/scientist Hank Pym. Evangeline Lilly is still her charming self as Hope Van Dyne. Pretty much everyone pulled off a good performance. However, I do think there’s some problem with the chemistry between the three of them. Their performances just didn’t come together very well. Also, while Corey Stoll’s Darren Cross/Yellowjacket performance was generally okay, I didn’t really think he was all than menacing.
Oddly enough, the best performance, in my opinion, didn’t come from any of the main cast. It came from Michael Pena as Luis, Scott Lang’s former cell mate. Sure, he was the comedy relief but there was just a weird innocence and positivity to the character that I really found endearing. I loved every minute he was on screen.
If I were to find something to complain about, it would be the film’s overall pacing and tone. Like I said earlier, the first part of the film was sluggish at best. When it got going, it was fantastic. However, the film’s tone seems to switch really seriousness and silliness at the drop of a hat. It’s kind of jarring. I actually think if they added a few more comedic scenes to balance it out a bit.
Still, I do say Ant-Man is a really fun film. It’s another big hit from Marvel Studios. If you loved the previous movies set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and, really, who doesn’t?), you’ll enjoy Ant-Man.
Oh, please stay for the entire credits; there are two credit scenes this time around. And the second one I would say is somewhat important…
Have you seen Ant-Man? What did you think of it? Let me know what they are in the comments section below!