ANT MAN

You would think a movie starring Paul Rudd would share the similar raunchy sophomoric humor we have known all too well in Judd Apatow movies. But actually Marvel’s Ant Man is a fairly straight forward superhero movie. It’s also unexpectedly fun.

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Ant Man is about Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd), who inherits the ability to shrink down to the size of an Ant. It’s your typical Superhero origin story. But although Ant man is the latest installment in what appears to be a market glut of Superhero movies. I still can’t help but feel that we’ve seen it all before and that’s okay, because it’s a hilarious ride that pretends to be serious in the world of the Avengers, Captain America, and Thor.
Lang is recruited by Dr. Hank Pym (played by Michael Douglas), to save the world from evil corporate interests who wish to use Pym’s shrinking technology as a tool for modern warfare. Lang is a former ex-convict, an ex-burglar trying to win back the approval of his estranged daughter and with the help of Dr. Pym, to harness the power to become – get ready for it – a better human being!

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Yeah it sounds a bit corny and predictable, but just as you expected with Paul Rudd at the helm, the film is an entertaining ride in the vain of last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Unfortunately, Marvel’s Ant Man is not as great as Guardians of the Galaxy, but comes pretty close. Although Paul Rudd’s Character seems sadly underused and you would think the added ability to communicate with Ants, would give the movie enough fodder for comedic play, But the film does have its charms, and Paul Rudd is a funny actor with the superpower to shrink down to the size of Ant, while actor Corey Stoll (The Strain, Midnight in Paris), is superbly cast as the arch-nemesis who also has a similar ability.

Then there is actress Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit, Lost) who has very little screen time, but is hinted to have a bigger involvement in the next film most likely as Lang’s romantic connection as well as crime fighting sidekick.  Paul Rudd shrinks down to the size of an Ant, and fights a Villain that can do the same. There should be more potential for more hilarious moments with that premise. But after that, Ant Man falls pretty flat, which shows that it has a tall order to fill compared to the previous Marvel movies. Perhaps when Ant Man (Spoiler Alert!) joins the Avengers in the next installment, and plays off the comedic timing of the other team members, will Scott Lang finally get the respect he deserves.