*Please note, this is a review of Ant-Man and does contain SPOILERS. If you haven't watched the movie yet, I would recommend waiting and coming back later! Or, if you don't mind the spoilers, please continue reading!*
Last night, I had the pleasure of going and seeing Marvel's Ant-Man. It's witty banter and different style had me on the edge of my seat!
Overall, I loved this movie. The characters were enjoyable, and I always love a great origin story. Ant-Man is a needed character in the Avengers, and this story does a great job introducing him. Since this movie was the last installment of Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase Two, it was also interesting to see the conclusion, and theorize where it will lead. This is what I mean by 'an End'. Ant-Man is the last movie until Civil War's release in 2016. A lot has happened in this Phase, but that is an article for a later date.
Like all my reviews, I'm going to give my opinion on the characters, the storyline, and where I think this movie leads.
There were many different characters in this movie, some of which I wish we had seen more of.
Paul Rudd is the perfect man for this role. His ex-con background was believable, and his ability to act out the estranged father was heartwarming. I could tell that Scott really wanted to be with his daughter. It also gave an interesting perspective on his co-conspirator's lives.
His random comments and remarks added comic relief, but weren't done in a way that was annoying or seemingly out of place.
As Ant-Man, his abilities were made believable. Even though the idea of a shrinking man is a bit far-fetched, they made it seem like it was something that could be done.
I also appreciated how the 'love story' in this movie didn't really exist.
Hope van Dyne
Evangeline Lilly is the jealous daughter of Hank Pym. She was able to bring tension to the story, not as a villain, but as a daughter wanting to prove something. I loved the part she played in Ant-Man's development. He needed a kick in the pants, but so did she. Hope helped Pym and Lang to see what they needed to do.
Really quick, this next part is a slight SPOILER to anyone who hasn't seen the movie, so I am going to hide it so you can be doubly sure you want to see it!
I am also excited about the credit scene where we see her new suit. The suit that Pym finally realized what it was for. As you will see in a later article of mine, I really believe that she is going to be the new Wasp.
Dr. Hank Pym
This is a character I wish we had gotten to see a little more of. Yes, Hank Pym is a big part of this movie, but more background would have been nice.
There were times when I was a bit confused on his part of the suit, and the affects it had on him. The little background scene the movie opened with did not answer these questions, nor did I find them out at the end.
However, when looking past those few technical things, Michael Douglas was a great addition to the team.
His role as mentor was done well, and he also was a big part of where the villain comes from.
Once again, another character I wish we had seen a little more of. As a villain, Daren Cross felt a bit rushed and unfinished. His story wasn't really clear. He was formidable, and I loved the Yellowjacket, but he was a bit on the confusing side.
Was he crazy? Or was Cross just a man who felt unappreciated? A man who felt alone and wanted a name for himself that he thought he deserved? Little snippets make this confusing. Such as this quote from Hope van Dyne:
The particles are messing with your organic brain tissue. I can help you.
So, was the man simply crazy mad? Or did he fully understand what he was doing?
(Note: I am almost positive that the quote is correct, however, I have only watched the movie once.)
Other Notable Secondary Characters
I just wanted to give an awesome shout out to Abby Ryder Fortson who played Scott Lang's daughter, Cassie. She was adorable and a great little actress. She took everything in stride and didn't look like she was acting. She looked like she was really his daughter. The daughter who always believed in her daddy.
I would love to see more of Michael Peña's character, Luis. He was hilarious and I loved the scenes where he explained how he got his info.
Ant-Man is about a burglar who becomes a hero. This storyline was done well and was believable. It gave off a little Guardians of the Galaxy vibe, and I loved that movie. It had just enough 'seriousness' to balance the fun and comical aspect of the storyline.
However, there were a few technical details that were unclear, and a few points that seemed very rushed.
More time focused on Scott's training would have helped us see a little better how difficult it was for him. All we could see was Hope's growing frustration with him and her father.
There was also the confusion with how the Pym Particles affect the brain. This being cleared up would help me understand the villain better.
My favorite scene in the movie though, was the one we got to see part of in the trailer.
The action and fighting scenes were surprisingly believable! I loved watching the transitions and the ant interaction. I didn't expect as much ant interaction as there ended up being!
Pym particles and the theories in the movie were portrayed in just the right way to not seem very far-fetched and unbelievable. This is something I appreciated and it reminded me a little of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.
Something that was done well was the storyline behind introducing Ant-Man to the Avengers. I look forward to see more of that interaction in the days ahead.
Most of my 'Beyond' section has to do with the two end credit scenes and where I think this takes us and Ant-Man. This means a lot of this will be SPOILERS. I just wanted to let you, my reader, know this so you will be warned before continuing! The one major SPOILER I will hide.
When watching the final end scene, my reactions were as followed:
Yeah. That's pretty much it. So, where do I think this is heading?
I know a guy. - Sam Wilson
Basically, I think he is talking about Ant-Man, and this is how Ant-Man gets tangled into the Civil War plot.
Ant-Man's role in Civil War is a bit unclear, but we know that he has knowledge in electrical engineering. Maybe he will be joining Captain's side, and will be the source of 'Stark tech' on that side.
I can't wait to see Ant-Man again, and I would definitely recommend you go and watch it as well!