After nearly 10 years in the making we have finally been given our Ant-Man film. Some people were skeptical how a ridiculous hero would fair on the big screen against other films like a Captain America: The Winter Soldier or a Guardians of the Galaxy. This isn't a piece comparing all the Marvel Cinematic Universe films but I do in fact believe that Ant-Man delivers!
Let's jump into the review. Click below to see my Video version which includes my final rating
Yes, we were given a superhero who can shrink down to the wee little size of an insect. It all sounds ridiculous but we all have to realize that EVERYONE loved both a talking raccoon and tree last year with Guardians. Why can't shrinking and ants be fun? Let's judge based on what this film was. It's what Marvel warned us it would be. It's a heist film.
I'm not sure about you guys but I love heist films. You have the crew coming up with a plan, bickering with one another, joking around and finally always the hiccups in the eventual heists. We see Paul Rudd as Scott Lang train to be a hero with the help of Evangaline Lily's Hope Van Dyme and Michael Douglas' Hank Pym. Those sequences were a ton of fun for me.
We got to see many relationships between these three characters including a Father/daughter, a mentor/mentee as well as a partnership. These are the kind of moments I wanted from the more clustered films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron. The little moments are what made this story so enjoyable.
For me, this smaller scale (pun intended) conflict over the Pym Particles and the Yellow Jacket suit was plenty for me. We don't need an entire city to be demolished every time a Marvel superhero is on the screen. Is this Marvel Studios' best film yet? Not quite but it's up there.
This film should also get credit for being one of the few MCU films to create a strong female character who isn't strictly there to be a love interest or damsel in distress. Hope Van Dyme has her own arc throughout that never felt rushed or less important compared to Scott Lang. I cannot wait to see her in later films and was happy to hear she signed a multi-picture deal.
This film does fall under the MCU villain problem category. So far Loki, Ultron and Winter Soldier seem to be the only real entertaining villains out of 12 films. Corey Stoll does the best he can with what he's given. It seemed like the writers really did try to give him more of a back-storied reason for the dastardly deeds but in the end it felt generic. Darren Cross was not MCU's best villain but he certainly was not their worst! That suit does look pretty cool doesn't it?
Overall, for general audience members I'm afraid this could be a bit of a stretch when it comes to comic book superhero films but for us nerds? I think we're all going to love this.
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