Ant Man Review

8.3 Overall Score
Storyline : 8/10
Characters: 8/10

Special Effects | Paul Rudd pulls off the hero role | Michael Pena is hilarious

Yellowjacket could have been developed a little more

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I’m going to come out in the open and be honest to where I was not expecting a whole lot from this particular movie. I applauded Marvel’s efforts in making movies for “lesser” known characters in the universe, but could a movie about a superhero whose power enhances when he shrinks satisfy the palates of moviegoers? I’ve seen The Hulk smash a city without blinking a green eyelash and The Vision pick up Thor’s hammer – would this really work? My fears were only heightened when director Edgar Wright stepping down unexpectedly. Seemed like a potential colossal disaster to start phase three of the Marvel movie plan. Boy, was I wrong. Marvel movies have a knack for merging different genres of movie and Ant-Man does this inexplicably well.

Does anybody remember the 1989 movie, Honey, I Shrunk The Kids? (Youngns’ might want to you tube a clip). The special effects of this movie are nothing short of remarkable. Down from the smallest stain on a floor to the detail of the different types of ants that aide our unlikely hero, everything is accounted for in beautiful fashion. The actions scenes are pretty much the icing on the cake in showing off Ant-Man’s pure power. This is an actual movie that uses 3-D and IMAX capabilities to it’s full potential, so spend an extra dollar or two. It’s worth it. Without diving into the deep end of the spoiler pool, let’s just say that the movie fits well into the whole MCU without being too telegraphed. Every Marvel movie has their share of easter eggs and there’s no shortage of them here where fans are going to be excited to see where phase three takes them. Just say after the credits – you probably were going to anyway.

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Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is looking to redeem himself from a flawed Robin Hood like robbery plot gone wrong that landed him in jail. The main themes of this movie are 2nd chances and responsibility. Paul Rudd does a very good job in acting all the appropriate emotions from a man down on his luck who is trying to be a better man in the eyes of his daughter. From the poignant points where Rudd acts dejected from the hand that life has played him to the hilarious moments, they are all believable. Speaking of hilarious, Michael Pena (Luis Pena), T.I. (Dave), and David Dastmalchian (Kurt), the team of felons interject great comedic moments throughout the movie, especially Michael Pena. I’m interested on how Rudd fits in the future plans of Marvel’s scheme especially with the humor of Robert Downey J.R. as Tony Stark.

Responsibility comes to play in two brackets: Hank Pym (Michael Douglass) is the moral compass of the movie not wanting for his powerful Pym particle to get in the wrong hands. Also knowing the dangers of the Ant-Man suit, he obviously has obligation to keep his daughter Hope Pym (Evangeline Lilly) safe for what can go wrong. The relationships between father and daughter are big in making the audience feel warmth. Although they are in different age groups, both Scott and Hank are trying to do whatever they can to strengthen their relationships and just be better overall. It’s those elements that you can relate to that drive the movie. Hope’s willingness to not only get closer with her father and prove herself to him is a foundation that I’m sure will be built upon in future Marvel endeavors.

One down point is our antagonist Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). This is reminiscent of a problem that Thor: The Dark World and Guardians Of The Galaxy had where the villain wasn’t thought to be strong enough to give our hero a fight. Stoll gives a pretty good performance, but the real vitriol is driven to Hank Pym, his once trusted mentor. However, it does make for good actions scenes between Yellowjack and Ant-Man in the final act of the movie. For the many things that work with Ant-Man, the villain is on the outside looking in.

All in all, Ant-Man kept the Marvel universe going on the unstoppable track that it’s aimed going into an all out war with DC in 2016. I’m glad that Edgar Wright’s screenplay was preserved, but Peyton Reed also came in and added his touch with little things you would notice from his previous films like The Break Up. Phase three, here we go.

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Author: Murjani Rawls View all posts by
Journalist, Self-published author of five books, podcast host, and photographer since 2014, Murjani Rawls has been stretching the capabilities of his creativity and passions, Rawls has as a portfolio spanning through many mediums including music, television, movies, and more. Operating out of the New York area, Rawls has photographed over 200+ artists spanning many genres, written over 700 articles ranging displaying his passionate aspirations to keep evolving as his years in media continue.

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