ONE GIANT STEP FOR ANT-KIND
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has given us all sorts of characters over the last eight years, a super-soldier, a billionaire with an armour, Norse Gods, green and purple aliens, a talking raccoon, and even a giant talking tree. But most people couldn’t stop from saying “But seriously? ANT-MAN?” That was my honest reaction at-least when the trailer came out.
In a string of movies starting from the Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel took a path to popularize the much lesser known heroes, like Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and Black Panther.
The Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the best movies Marvel came put with, even though the heroes were unknown and it was unchartered territory for Marvel. But they did well, extremely well in fact.
But that didn’t stop people from doubting Ant-Man. But boy, were we wrong. Ant-Man has to be one of Marvel’s best stand-alone movies.
Ant-Man isn’t a very popular hero (unless you’re a comic book fanatic), so naturally Marvel had to take extra care with the plot. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), just released from prison for theft, tried to fit back into the big bad world, but somehow gets sucked into the world he would never have imagined himself in, and the way he handles this new change is what seems like a breath of fresh air. He plays an everyday man, and unlike most other superhero movies, doesn’t switch gears right into the hero life. His journey to becoming the tiniest hero ever is one of failure, humour and total chaos.
He also tries to get his personal life back on track, and aims to be a better father to his daughter (who is as cute as a bug in a rug in this movie – no pun intended), and make things right with his estranged wife, now engaged to, a cop.
Casting was spot-on! With all the charisma and bravado already seen in the Avengers, Paul Rudd plays the easily likeable and extremely charming Scott Lang. Michael Douglas plays Hank Pym, creator of the Ant-Man suit and the Pym Particle. He adds a bit of seriousness and maturity to the proceedings, but his occasional pokes are sure to crack you up.
Evangeline Lily as Hank’s daughter Hope Pym, and Lang’s reluctant ally, is probably the star of the movie. She is the cathartic-centre of the movie, with her inner turmoil and her outer problems.
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