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Paul Rudd is Scott Lang, Marvel’s size-changing scientist in this superhero origin story directed by Peyton Reed (Yes Man). Co-stars Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit), Michael Peña (Fury), Judy Greer (The Descendants) and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man.
Scott's a well-intentioned burglar fresh out of the slammer and eager to turn over a new leaf for the sake of his estranged daughter - until a classic "one last job" scenario leaes him seeing things in a new, miniaturised, light. He's been unwittingly recruited by Hank Pym, creator of a shrinking, super-powered suit, to take on the mantle of Ant-Man and prevent Pym's technology falling into the wrong hands.
Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) was originally set to helm the film until creative differences saw him hand the reigns over to Reed. Wright and writing partner Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) retain story and screenplay credits, joined in the latter by Rudd and Anchorman director Adam McKay.
Action, Science Fiction, Blockbuster
Rating: PG Violence & coarse language
It’s a familiar story - from wobbly beginnings a hero arises, one that learns to wield his powers for the greater good, and win against the odds. Wait, you think I’m talking about Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man character, Scott Lang? Yes, I suppose that fits. But in this instance, I’m referring to director Peyton Reed (Bring It On), stepping in at the eleventh hour when Edgar Wright left the project. Whatever vision Wright had is no longer relevant, apart from what remains from the story he and Joe Cornish concocted, because Reed’s Ant-Man is such an entertaining watch in its own, er, right.
Reed’s filmography lends itself to the colourfully cartoonish elements seized on here, both in the staging of the film’s many miniaturised action sequences and the unforced easy-going comedy that’s also something of a Paul Rudd trademark. We can all accept Marvel are masters of casting at this point, so Rudd’s lack of action movie pedigree is nothing to take exception to. Here he’s a familiar Rudd persona, sassy but sensitive, capable of emoting without going full Bale brood. And as with Robert Redford’s appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Michael Douglas is a suitably serious elder statesman on hand to sell the seriousness when required.
Freed from world-destroying stakes and the delicate mechanics of ensemble casts, this is the most straight-forward and fun Marvel movie for ages. Yes, there’s not too much to the villain, and Ant-Man’s relatively uncomplicated plot still isn’t short on holes, but it’s a more satisfying introduction to the character and a new visual world for Marvel, as well as comfortably slotting into their larger universe.
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Punches Above its Weight
Departs from the formulaic superhero movies in the best way possible and is quite possibly the funniest superhero film second only to Guardians of the Galaxy.
Actually a rather fun and mature film - quite a relief after the controversial departure of original helmer and fan-fave Edgar Wright. The catch-all term "creative differences" left many wondering if incoming director Peyton Reed - a newcomer to the genre to boot - would deliver, and, for the most part, he certainly has. The little touches (no pun intended) are where the film really shines - a couple of lip-synced recap sequences perfectly encapsulate the film's punchy energy and a dramatic train-top battle revealed to be taking place on a Thomas the Tank Engine playset is actually rather sweet. Tied together by a fantastic turn by Paul Rudd, Ant-Man is one of Marvel's best so far.
Kicked Expectations in the Face
With all the behind the scenes turmoil that this film has gone through, what with the departure of Edgar Wright, and the recreation of the film almost from scratch a few weeks before production, i was nervous that Ant Man would be awful.
I was incredibly mistaken.
Some incredible set pieces, action scenes, humour, characters, Ant Man is a fun adventure film who has a lot of heart.
Its a lot of fun, the shrinking scenes especially, and is definitely worth your time.
I was worried at first...
Well before I saw this movie I was very worried. Then I saw it....OMG IT WAS AMAZING.
The WHOLE movie turned out really really well. All of the fight scenes turned out really well, the actors played their part to the very best. Being the last of Marvels phase 2 films they ended it perfectly.
WATCH IT :D
Wheres my suit?
Wasn't expecting much, but left pleasantly surprised. Yes it's a true and tried story, good versus evil. It was enjoyable to watch and I wish I had seen the 3D version. It was fun, loved the macro look at the world. Ant World Rules. Daughters will always love their fathers.