Ant-Man isn't the most popular hero and really everyone was confused why Marvel was ending Phase 2, not with an Avengers film but with an Ant-Man film. (Although it was later revealed that Ant-Man was going to be the start of Phase Three but was pushed back to Phase Two). So is Ant-Man a good movie and does the size of the character really matter?
Brief Spoiler Free Summary
Scott Lang is finally released from prison after doing many robberies. However due to needing to pay for his daughter and in order to get a job, Scott goes back to doing robberies. This catches the attention of Hank Pym (the original Ant-Man) who then recruits Scott to become the next Ant-Man and stop Darren Cross who is attempting to create super soldiers called, Yellowjackets.
Scott Lang played by Paul Rudd "(Anchorman", "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers", "Monsters vs. Aliens") is our protagonist of the movie and I think he's pretty good. He does lean towards comedy like Chris Pratt and Robert Downey Jr, instead of seriousness like, Chris Evans so those that prefer that (like myself) will like that.
Michael Douglas ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps", "Wonder Boys", "Traffic") plays Hank Pym who is by far the best character in the movie. He steals the movie whenever he appears. He's the perfect blend of comedy and seriousness. It actually surprised me that they didn't make Hank the main character as he is the original Ant-Man and the one many people think of when you mention Ant-Man.
Corey Stoll ("The Number 23", "Dark Places", "The Bourne Legacy") plays Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket and...isn't very good. He's the typical "you hid this away from me so now I'm gonna use it against you" villain. Although to be fair besides, Loki, Ultron, Winter Soldier and kinda Red Skull, the villains of the MCU aren't really great. Don't believe me? Iron Monger, Whiplash, Abomination, Ronan, etc. Oh well, Corey does do a great job, just not a very great character.
Finally we have Hope Pym played by Evangeline Lilly ("Real Steel", "The Hurt Locker", "The Lizzie McGuire Movie") and she's probably one of my favorite female character in the MCU. She's tough, smart, and can even be funny at times. Although I will say her relationship with Scott Lang was kinda eh.
Oh and there's an Ant named Antony. He's amazing.
The Special Effects
The special effects in this movie are incredible. Honestly some of the best special effects I've seen for shrinking and even fight scenes. The final fight between Ant-Man and Yellowjacket is extremely cool and creative. Seriously, Thomas the Tank Engine appears in the final fight scene. That's amazing. Also the ants actually look really realistic and were surprisingly my favorite effect of the movie.
The only real big problem I had with the movie was Luis and his friends, mostly just Luis though. These characters actually started out funny until they disappear from the movie during the second third which gives you time to realize that they aren't really funny and are just annoying. Once they're brought back in the third and final act of the film I started to really dislike these characters and felt they screwed the film up.
This movie would've gotten a 9/10 if it wasn't for Luis and his crew. Overall I think it's a great movie and a pretty good comedy. Also the MCU references are great.
So in conclusion does a movie starring a character that's not as popular as say, Batman, Spider-Man, or Iron Man make it a bad movie?
Thanks for reading and look back next time, I'll be discussing why I didn't really like "The Dark Knight" trilogy. Also my next review will be of Sinister 2, you know the sequel to that movie that everyone thought was going to suck but then it turned out great. Will the sequel suck? Well it has a 8% on Rotten Tomatoes so...