Ant-Man is the twelfth movie in the Marvel cinematic universe. There are now twelve films, about various superheroes and superhero teams that all co-exist in the same reality and are somehow linked to one another. That's kind of a big deal, and in itself is an accomplishment worthy of appreciation. The fact that its also the twelfth movie to be generally well received by critics and audiences, only further solidifies Marvel's current standing in the film industry.
So, without further ado - do I recommend you watch this latest feature? I absolutely do, but just don't expect too much.
I watched Ant-Man opening day in IMAX 3D, and it was a good time. It was a predictable and yet enjoyable origin story that's in line with the first Thor and Captain America, but far from the greatness of the more recent Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Solider. Its a simple heist film with a father-daughter bond at its core and delivers in its own charming way.
Paul Rudd is as likeable as ever and is a good fit for the role, and supporting acts from Evangeline Lilly (I will always see her as Tauriel) and Michael Douglas are good too. Michael Pena leaves a mark serving as comic relief. The only weak link in the casting is Corey Stoll, playing the bad guy who's as generic as they come, never posing any real threat or menace. The character is really underdeveloped and seems to serve no purpose other than giving the audience a thrilling final showdown with the protagonist.
Ant-Man works despite its predictable plot and boring villain thanks to some truly innovative action sequences that are beautifully choreographed and captured and so for a change, feel fresh. Without spoiling anything, I'll just say that by choosing to go smaller, the CGI is used in truly bizarre ways that are an absolute blast to witness! Also working in the film's favour is its light hearted tone and a healthy dose of humor.
To sum up, Ant-Man has some solid performances, delightful action sequences and is consistently funny, but is limited by its generic story and bland villain. Despite its flaws, its further evidence that Marvel will always deliver an entertaining and enjoyable film at the least.
With phase two of one of the most ambitious cinematic undertakings in history wrapped up, here's how I would rank Ant-Man relative to the other movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (from best to worst):
The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor, Ant-Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 3, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2
Did you watch Ant-Man yet? What did you think? I would love to see what you have to say in the poll and comments below!