Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
I think I mentioned it to one or two of you, but I think I’ve experienced what some call superhero movie fatigue. In 2014 I was excited for Avenges: Age of Ultron but alas, by the time it came around I wasn’t as excited to check it out, and I haven’t gotten around to watching it in its entirety or reviewing it (at this rate, I don’t think I will). I am however looking forward to watching Captain America: Civil War eventually as well as Doctor Strange because I’m really curious about it. Ant-Man sort of fits in an odd spectrum: I’m curious about it, the cast looks solid, but I can’t say I was terribly excited about it, rushing out to pick it up and watch it. So I didn’t quite pick it up until earlier this year when, on a whim, I decided to watch it.
I have to say, having watched it now, I wish I watched it sooner! It was a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be; it’s a solid superhero movie, nothing groundbreaking or especially different about it per se, but it was a fun watch–so much fun that indeed I recommended to my family right after. I think what sold me about this movie was the humour: there’s always been a bit of an offbeat sense of humour to the Marvel movies, but this one kind of takes it up a notch and right into my sense of humour zone. Scott’s three amigos that help him with the initial heist early in the film provided much of this. Like I’ve seen Michael Pena play the smart-ass kind of humour before (see The Martian (review)) but his role here as Luis had me dying with the way he says his stories, the way he adds unnecessary details to his stories, and his cheeky grin even as he’s pulling off his insider job. Kurt cracks me up with his accent alone, but his stray observations cracks me up (“This is sorcery” O_O) and T.I. had his moments too (his response to Hank telling him that he allowed them to break in was funny and awkward). Together they’re hilarious (the conversation about the Titanic whilst Scott was breaking in was probably my favourite). And then there’s Scott himself, which is Paul Rudd’s trademark awkward dialogue with a straight face that also added something just a little different to his superhero compared to the others we’ve seen to date.
So yeah, the movie is pretty straightforward–Scott’s journey to becoming a hero after starting out at the bottom at the beginning of the movie, Hank Pym’s former protegee unlocking the secret to Hank’s formula to shrinking objects, Hope and her father Hank’s journey towards reconciliation and bridging the chasm between them–nothing too different there. But the movie is solid: there’s no lulled moments, the build-up to Scott taking on the mantle of Ant-Man was pretty smooth and believable. The movie has a few references and character appearances that tie in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but otherwise this movie is pretty self-contained (I read somewhere that when he was still attached to the project Edgar Wright wanted it to be completely separate from the MCU/wanted no references, which I thought was a little strange given how all of the movies to date tie in together in some way). It also presented Ant-Man’s abilities and how it works quite well and in an interesting way.
Not sure what else to say except that I really enjoyed Ant-Man: it was entertaining, the cast was fantastic, it had my kind of humour for the most part. I highly recommend it if you’re into superhero movies or if you’re just looking for a fun, action movie. I admit, I’m not quite excited to see Ant-Man in the upcoming Captain America film (at whatever capacity he’ll play–like, will we see Scott’s face or will he be in his micro level/the suit the whole time?) and the sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp in a few years 🙂