Enough with the jokes and the lowered expectations - "Ant-Man" is without a doubt one of Marvel Studios' best efforts!
It is certainly a better film than "Iron Man 3" and "Thor: The Dark World.
In a sense it is even - arguably - more fun than last year's fine Marvel films - "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and even "Guardians of the Galaxy".
It is definitely the perfect antidote to the slightly bloated "Avengers: Age of Ultron".
Why? Because, for one thing, it is arguably Marvel's funniest film yet. That's not to say it is a straight comedy. But it has a LOT of laughs.
This is due in large part to Paul Rudd, a zany script, fine performances by Michael Douglas and Evengeline Lilly and - perhaps funniest of all - hilarious riffs by Michael Pena.
It also uses it's title character's powers to great effect and makes them COOL!
But perhaps most refreshing is that the stakes are smaller - which makes their impact bigger.
That is, "Ant - Man" isn't trying to save the world or the galaxy - he's trying to "one last job" for Douglas in order to reconnect with his young daughter.
You will find yourself caring about that more than you did the Avengers battling a bunch of robots with a citizenry in the sky during "Avengers: Age of Ultron".
In fact, the fact that the film eschews mind-numbing onslaughts of CGI or romance for a tale that focuses on family relationships and not wanting to let each other down, between Rudd's Scott Lang and his daughter; Douglas's Hank Pym and HIS daughter, Lilly's Hope Van Dyne and even the villain, Corey Stoll's Yellowjacket seemingly seeking the approval of his surrogate "Father" Pym - makes this a film that should resonate deeply with families and allow the film to thrive in a movie marketplace that features a still-strong "Inside Out" and "Minions".
Also, never fear, MCU fans, there are some bits that will be thoroughly enjoyed that tie the film's characters to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe - and the TWO scenes after the credits BOTH are strong and give us tantalizing tastes of what is to come in the future.
For now, make sure you enjoy "Ant-Man", a film about a tiny hero that comes up big.