In ANT-MAN, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is a Robin Hood-like robber who's just been released from San Quentin prison. With financial issues and a young daughter and ex-wife to pay child support to, Scott agrees to go in on a heist with his former cell-mate, Luis (Michael Peña), and two other pals to rob a rich old man's safe. The target turns out to be Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), who set up the robbery opportunity to recruit Scott as the new Ant-Man -- a suit-wearing superhero who can shrink down to the size of an ant and also communicate with insects. Hank and his untrusting daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly), want Scott to help them keep insane Dr. Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) from creating his own Ant-Man-like suit -- which he wants to sell as a military weapon to the highest bidder.
The Marvel Universe's new hero is also its funniest. As always, Paul Rudd is a natural with sarcasm and one-liners, playing off of a hilarious Michael Peña as Scott's best friend Luis and a equally funny back- and forth with Michael Douglas' Hank Pym. As Cross points out, Hank and Scott have a lot in common -- particularly as fathers with a an obvious need to protect their daughters. The chemistry between Scott and Hope is a predictable "opposites attract" storyline, but Hope is one of the most interesting Marvel women to date because she's clearly craving for a chance to put on an ant suit and get things done.
Dr. Darren Cross is the standard emotionally fragile, evil villain with extreme daddy issues. Corey Stoll seems to be making a name for himself as a baddie, and he's well able to play a man who simultaneously hates Pym and desperately seeks his approval. The plot and the explanations of how the Ant-Man suit works can get a bit confusing at times, but the action sequences and humorous dialogue make up for the occasional plot holes. Bottom line? There's a lot to enjoy or laugh out loud about in Ant-Man, but the action doesn't really pick up until the final act of the film. This is Marvel's first heist film, and it is a solid one.
Final rating: 4/5. Definitely a must see if you are a Marvel fan or just looking for a good time at the movies.