Movie: Ant-Man (2015)

Posted 23 May, 2016 by Lianne in Entertainment / 10 Comments

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.

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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 🙂

Rating: ★★★★★

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10 Responses to “Movie: Ant-Man (2015)”

    • He was! I wasn’t sure what to expect from him going into this movie (My brain was all “Paul Rudd? Superhero movie?” when I first heard of his casting) but it’s nice to be pleasantly surprised 😀

  1. I know what you mean…for me it’s a bit more of Marvel Fatigue. As much as I love superheroes, I don’t tend to LOVE their movies as much as everyone else. I like Thor, but I’m ‘meh’ about The Avengers and the rest of their gang. I WILL see Doctor Strange though for sure – really excited about that one! I’m glad you enjoyed this though. I was curious about it but looks like I should check it out. I do like Paul Rudd a lot too:)

    • Same here re: Doctor Strange; despite of all of the controversy circling it, it looks interesting and I know next to nothing about the character. But yeah, the Marvel fatigue is kicking in for me as well; we’ll see how Phase 3 goes, the lineup of movies they have slated looks promising.

      But yes, do check this one out if you have a chance! Paul Rudd doesn’t disappoint (but does he ever?), and it’s hilarious if you have an offbeat sense of humour 🙂

  2. I felt like Ant-Man could have been a great movie, but it didn’t quite manage. The Thomas the Tank Engine scene made up for a lot though 😀

    • Sorry to hear! My brother did tell me of a major plot issue that could’ve resolved the conflict a lot sooner, but I’m letting it slide as I had a good time watching it anyway, haha. But lmao, the Thomas the Tank Engine scene was hilarious xD

  3. Age of Ultron makes me so mad *twitch* Joss Whedon very effectively ruined my love for him with that film. It’s like he decided the other Marvel films didn’t exist and therefore have no relevance to his plot or characterisation of everyone. I can’t even look at Firefly without cringing because of it 🙁

    I love Ant-Man though, I do wonder what it would have been like if Edgar Wright had stayed on, but we all know at this point Marvel have a plan and that plan needs continuity. Civil War is excellent by the way, if you haven’t seen it yet, you should! The Russos really know what they’re doing (if we ignore the shoehorned in romance angle that these movies seem to enjoy having…but we can’t escape that, thanks Marvel lol)

    • So I heard about AoU, which makes me glad I never watched the whole thing straight; even before it came out there were parts of it that have me wondering what the heck were they doing to the characters O_o (Speaking of Whedon and Firefly, I can never look at Nathan Fillion the same way after hearing the BTS drama that happened on Castle =S)

      Glad to hear Civil War was fantastic! lmao how did they manage to squeeze in a romance angle? There already seems to be so much going on with that movie! xD Anyway I think the Russos should just take over directing the franchise, they really have a good handle on the storytelling and the characters 🙂

  4. LOTS OF YES to the 2nd (opening lines) paragraph, Lianne. This film IS FUN, plain and simple. I giggled my way through it and loved that it wasn’t as “pointless” as I thought it’d be (not that I’d have minded, because as of now, I’m still a Marvel geek). Either way, it’s so good! ‘Civil War’ is amazing, and I cannot wait to see ‘Doctor Strange.’ 🙂

    • I’m not sure why I had my reservations going into this movie re: how Ant-Man will factor into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (especially as he was one of the original characters created from the comics!); I think it had to do with when it was released compared to the other standalones. But I’m glad this movie was fantastic and exceeded my own expectations!

      Glad to hear you enjoyed Civil War! Definitely will have to prepare myself to watch it when the blu-ray comes out; the trailers alone have me all ;_; already, lol. Doctor Strange should be interesting, can’t wait to pick up a comic or two about him at some point!

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