“The world sure seems different from down here, doesn’t it, Scott?”
Iron Man (2008) is still my favourite Marvel film. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) was the funniest Marvel film, until now. Prior to release I believed Ant-Man would be one of Marvel’s worst outputs considering the backstage issues with Edgar Wright and the concept of the hero. Never have I been so wrong and pleasantly surprised!
Imagine the Quicksilver scene from Days of Future Past. Recall how fun that scene was, now imagine an entire movie just like that, made of course by Marvel. The film is simply fun. The pace is fast, the jokes are in large supply and the star is well cast. I cannot wait for Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang to quip away, along side Tony Stark and eventually Star-Lord.
Michael Pena (who I previously wrote a piece on here) delivers his dialogue perfectly, resulting in many laughs. Michael Douglas was of course very good as well in his role as Hank Pym, Lang’s mentor. Evangeline Lilly is a decent actress but I don’t think she looked right in this movie- It may have been her hair stylist’s fault. Abby Ryder Fortson plays Lang’s daughter and plays her very well for a seven year old.
Ant-Man has many memorable jokes but a very weak story, restraining itself from the highest of review scores and being the best film of the MCU. There are plot-holes aplenty, some filled in with comedy.
As with most Marvel films, the villain is lacklustre. A bit crazy and totally unrelatable, Yellowjacket is as generic as they come. Corey Stoll seemed to have fun playing the role though and his costume was great. Ant-Man’s costume was pretty cool as well.
The film fit in very well with the Marvel Cinematic Universe- references (and more) were made to the Avengers as characters and events of previous movies. The special effects department did well. A tilt effect or a depth of field effect was used to enforce the hero’s miniature size, but not distractingly so. The sense of danger is not lost either.
By the time the movie ended, I still wanted to watch more of the characters and comedy, instantly (unlike Age of Ultron). Before the movie was released, I thought the film wouldn’t be very good and that may have been the biggest mistake I have ever made with a film. However I’m curious as to the extent of the success of this film being owed to Edgar Wright’s script as I’m sure he won’t be returning to the character. Would a sequel retain its quality?
Ant-Man is one of the funniest Marvel movies and is superb fun to watch. There is a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene, so look out for those.
Overall Rating: 8.0/10