by | Aug 21, 2015 | 0 comments

The Follow-Up to the Avengers Turns Out to Be A Great Comedy.

The movie that rounds out Marvel’s “Phase 2” for their Marvel Cinematic Universe is Ant-Man, a small hero that ends up being one of the biggest surprises this year. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is a thief, and one who wants to change his ways after losing custody of his daughter. On his way, he meets Hank Pym, (Michael Douglas) the former Ant-Man and now a genius scientist with a broken relationship with his daughter, Hope Van Dyne. (Evangeline Lilly) The core story revolves around a stolen formula, which Pym’s former business partner, Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) hopes to exploit and use to create ant sized super soldiers. After trying to leave the life of crime and thieving behind, Scott is brought back in again, only to save the day. A typical superhero plot formula, as we have come to see by now.

However, that does not mean that Ant-Man makes for a unoriginal movie. It may follow a linear storyline, but it is more personal this time around. An all star talented cast makes this possible, and the relationships between the characters are top notch and well played. Paul Rudd brings his original charm and humor to the table in this tale, and his interactions with each and every one of the characters is enjoyable. Watching Lang bring a broken family together is part of what makes this experience very special. Unlike Marvel’s The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, this movie is about small beginnings and big endings.

I was impressed by the humor in this movie, Paul Rudd does an excellent job at bringing his character to life. The humor is constant and fresh, and the acting is extremely solid. The blend of humor and action has become a household trend for Marvel recently, and this movie continues the trend. Storytelling feels comfortable, as the humor blends right in with the script. It is not a movie that takes itself too seriously, and seeing this come from Marvel is a sight to behold. It manages to establish a character that we will be seeing in the coming Phase 3 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, while giving reason to keep creating sequels.

Corey Stoll’s performance as the antagonist Darren Cross/Yellowjacket is also very well written and the part is well played. He makes for an interesting villain, and is complementary to our hero. The chemistry between the two actors also works extremely well.

That said, the movie was not without its’ fair share of downfalls. For all it’s fun moments, there are some holes in the movie. The movie felt repetitive towards the second half and the climax. There were not a lot of surprises, I expected and predicted a lot of the events that were about to unfold. It was a straightforward movie, but I left wanting a little bit more.

All in all, Ant-Man could be undoubtedly one of the summer’s sleeper hits. Unexpected and small, just like our hero. However, we shouldn’t judge a book by its’ cover. Our small hero takes on a big adventure. I hope to see more of Paul Rudd in Captain America III: Civil War.








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