Ant-ManDirected by Peyton Reed Publishing House: Marvel Studios Released: 07.17.15 Review by Matt Vogel | October 7, 2015 at 10:34 PM
Basically: What is this? A movie for ANTS? Everyone deserves a second chance, even if its terms include the ant-sized heist of an evil science corporationâ€”but pulling it off just might save the world.
So no one told you life would be this wayâ€¦ is what Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) mustâ€™ve been singing when he got out of jail and stepped into a literal bugâ€™s life. Weâ€™ve crushed on Paul Rudd ever since Friends(shh, weâ€™re old), and loved Marvel Comics just as long, so this was a match made in superhero heaven. And now weâ€™re left wondering why the comedy-typecast Rudd hasnâ€™t been doing action films all along. His trademark deadpan wit is more on point than ever, playing an ex-con (but the good, Robin Hood kind) who insists heâ€™ll never break into places and steal stuff againâ€¦ until Michael Douglas aka wicked-smart-scientist Dr. Hank Pym tells him to suit up. The result is Ant-Man, a, wellâ€¦ the clueâ€™s in the name. When wearing this supersuit Lang can shrink to ant size and gain super-sized power, and also harness the power ofâ€”yep, ants. Theyâ€™re annoying enough when they invade a picnic, but as an organized megatrillion-plus-infinity army, our bets are on them.
Of course where thereâ€™s a superhero, thereâ€™s a villain, but heâ€™s rather tame by Marvel standards. This mad-scientist-come-warmonger Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) craves his mentor Pymâ€™s approval on an unhealthy scale, ready to destroy the world using a copycat suit all so he can say â€œlook what I made daddy, arenâ€™t you proud?â€. Someone get this guy a gold star, stat. Father-child relationships run throughout and had us aww-ingâ€”thereâ€™s Pym and his uptight, ninja-slash-brainiac daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) bonding over badassery, and Lang trying to be the superhero his little girl already thinks he is. See? Aww. Oh, and a special shoutout to the adorably overexcitable best friend Luis (Michael PeÃ±a) for delivering more punchlines than punches, and for telling stories in a way we feel should be the new norm. Expect to come out feeling bad for ever squishing one of the little guys, and keep your eyes peeled for some Avenger-themed easter eggs (weâ€™re judging everyone who leaves a Marvel film before the credits are over, you should know better by now).
In the end: Prepare to (willingly) share your popcorn with the ants, because this is Marvel-lous fun on a miniature scale.