I finally saw "Ant-Man", so here's my review amongst the 250 reviews of the movie that already exist.
So I'm sure when Marvel announced an Ant-Man you probably either said or heard "Really? Ant-Man? That's ridiculous! Ooh he can shrink, how amazing". I know I did. Well, I heard that, not said that. I had complete confidence in the the movie since the trailer. I mean, yes it's a ridiculous concept, but this is Marvel. They had a movie that had a talking racoon and a sentient tree, and it was a hit. And now that I have seen "Ant-Man", I have to say, I wasn't disappointed.
WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD
"Ant-Man" focuses on Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a thief, who was recently released from prison. Scott tries to turn a new leaf and do good for his young daughter, but he can't get or maintain a job due to his criminal record. Even at a Baskin Robbins.
So Scott decides to rob (or "burgle" as Scott prefers) an abandoned house with a big safe with the help of his other thief friends. When Scott gets the safe open, all he finds is the Ant-Man suit. It turns out that this was a test set up by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) since he needs Scott for a dangerous and important mission. It's revealed that Pym is the creator of the suit and was the original Ant-Man. Pym also created "Pym Particles" which is what allows the suit to shrink. But now Pym's former protégé, Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), is close to replicating Pym's technology and is building suit of his own called "Yellowjacket". Scott is needed to steal the suit before it is finished and used for bad stuff (as Pym fears). So Pym and his estranged daughter, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), teach Scott how to use his powers to retrieve the suit.
So how is the movie?
I really enjoyed the the film. It's not only a superhero film, it's a superhero heist film. If I had to compare it to another film, I'd say it's similar to "Iron Man". A man tries to change his ways to better himself and those around him and saves the day. Now what about the characters?
Scott Lang is a likable protagonist. And Paul Rudd is great as a likable, comedic character like Scott. And Scott's friend, Luis (played by Michael Peña) was extremely entertaining. And then there's the villain of the movie. Darren Cross is an okay villain. His plan to create and use Yellowjacket as a weapon and his relationship with Pym is interesting, but he's like most of the Marvel movie villains. Most of the villains (with the exception of Loki and Kingpin) are not that interesting, or at least they aren't as interesting as the hero. And along with the film reminding me of "Iron Man", Cross reminded me of Obadiah Stane (the villain of Iron Man played by Jeff Bridges).
As for the rest of the characters and cast, they were good. Scott's ex-wife, Maggie (played by Judy Greer), was more likable and relatable than her comic book counterpart from what I've read (the only Ant-Man comic I've read is issue 1 of the current Ant-Man series).
And now for my favorite parts of the movie: the visual effects and fight scenes.
The special fx were amazing. I was worried how it would look when Ant-Man would shrink at first, but it looked great. Especially when he's flying on the ants. And the fight scenes were great. It incorporated the shrinking power greatly where Scott would shrink and grow during the fights. Especially during the...
The fight between Ant-Man and Falcon. Yep, we got an Avenger in this movie. And like every Marvel movie, there are some scenes after the film.
Unlike "Avengers: Age of Ultron", we got 2 post-credit scenes. First we have the reveal of a Wasp suit for Hope Van Dyne. So it looks like we'll be seeing the Wasp in another movie. Maybe "Captain America: Civil War". Speaking of, the second scene at the very end (yes, sit through all of the credits, watch them, and appreciate their hard work) we see Captain America and Falcon finding Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier (from Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and Cap says how they can't contact Tony Stark, Iron Man. This is the perfect scene to have, and it will lead into Captain America: Civil War (the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) and looks like how Ant -Man will fit into that movie.
I really liked this movie. I wouldn't say this was the best or my favorite film of the MCU, but it was still very enjoyable. And again, this just proves that a movie about a guy that shrinks and talks to ants can be a good, fun, and interesting movie. If you haven't seen this yet and you like the other Marvel movies, check it out. If you have already seen it and liked it, go see it again. Heck, there's talk that if this movie does do well, there's a possibility that Wasp will get her own movie, and Marvel really needs more films with female leads.