By Aric Sweeny
"Never in my life had I cared about the life of an ant; then, I saw Ant Man."
This superhero tale follows the story of Scott Lang, an ex thief and criminal who is having trouble getting his life straightened out. Fresh out of prison, he takes on a job to steal the contents of an old man’s safe. This old man turns out to be Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Lang finds the Ant Man suit in the safe, what Pym was planning to happen all along. After further talk amongst the two, Lang becomes the Ant Man, using a suit that can shrink him down to a microscopic size while maintaining his strength and athleticism.
This film stepped away from the world ending climax that we seem to see in every superhero film nowadays and gave us a father-daughter relationship story that Paul Rudd nails. Coming off of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and how big the stakes were, it was a refreshing step back.
“Ant Man” had the most obvious ties to other parts of the MCU, with a Falcon cameo (as seen in the trailer), a scene involving the SHIELD headquarters, and a possible Spider-Man reference.
The film marketed itself heavily on the humor, and it was somewhat of a disappointment in that category. Were there funny moments? Yes. Was it as funny throughout as it should have been? Not a chance. What every Marvel film seems to have a problem with is its overall tone. One second there is a meaningful moment between a daughter and father, and the next shot is a corny joke being made.
Corey Stoll provides a one dimensional villain portrayal to the film as Darren Cross/Yellow Jacket, like many other Marvel flicks.
The fights between Yellow Jacket/Ant Man were amazing, some of the best sequences of action I've seen all year. The constant array of back and forth shrinking of size was fascinating to watch.
The writing wasn’t anything special either, but it wasn’t necessarily ‘bad’. Unlike “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, there wasn’t any cheesy one liners, either.
“Ant Man” is another good film within the MCU, and hits its mark many times. It wasn’t as funny as it should have been, but was one fun theater experience.
My rating: 4/5 STARS