Ant-Man: Movie Review
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Marvel's Ant-Man, the cinematic origin story for their tiniest superhero, packs a mighty big punch. It's witty and entertaining, and a sure box office hit.
Ant-Man may be done on a smaller scale than previous Marvel superhero films, but that's its advantage. Unlike some over-the-top Sci-Fi/Action flicks, Ant-Man offers a simple story, real humor and heart rather than relying on one-liners or city-toppling action.
THE MOVIE IN A MINUTE
All that recently released felon Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) wants is a chance to get his life back together--for the sake of his daughter. Appreciating Lang's particular set of skills, particle scientist Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) recruits the former thief to don his amazing super-suit and pull off a heist to halt the nefarious plans of his protege (Corey Stoll).
THE GOOD AND BAD IN ANT-MAN
The Ant-Man suit fits Rudd perfectly. He believably assumes the role of unlikely hero and is most amusing as he figures out his strength along the way. The wit and heart Rudd brings to this unique superhero makes the movie worth watching. Douglas is commanding as Dr. Pym, with Evangeline Lilly playing his daughter. Stoll brings a subtle villainy to the story, a welcome shift from the usual, grandiose villain of comic book movies.
The plot moves as we get to know these interesting, lesser-known comic Marvel characters. Ant-Man doesn't lack when it comes to comedy, action or big themes of reconciliation, forgiveness and sacrifice despite its lead's often minuscule size. The movie's takeaway and one of the summing lines of dialogue is when Dr. Pym says, "Everyone deserves a shot at redemption."
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, parents of young children should proceed with caution. The movie contains foul language and some scary scenes when a man and animals are experimentally tested without success. Also, a word of caution to anyone who has an aversion to bugs. Ants definitely abound. Just know there are a lot of bugs on the big screen and in your face, should you attend a 3D screening.
IN THE END
Ant-Man is indeed a big surprise. It's well done, funny, full of heart, and a better movie experience than anticipated. For its questionable content though, caution is advised.
Note: If you see the film in theaters, don't forget to stay for the two clips that follow the initial credits and then the full credits. Marvel fans will especially want to check these teasers.
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