Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Doctor Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
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It's better than deadpool. It's funnier than deadpool. The story is greater than deadpool.
Ant-Man was commissioned before Spider-Man returned to the MCU's fold, and I reckon it's good that in spite of the wall-crawler returning to Marvel, it's good that Ant-Man is still having his little universe expanded upon further in the Avengers movies; and of course his own Ant-Man movies.For those of you who don't know anything about the character (like I do not) this movie doesn't depend upon you watching EVERY MCU film out there or anything like that; this is not a homework-y type of movie. It's good dumb and Honey-I-Shrunk-The-Kids-inspired fun but with a superhero sleeve.Ant-Man gets 3.5/5 stars.
The film just seems so tone deaf. Losing Edgar Wright off the film was a huge blow and a great example of why cinephiles follow directors and writers more than actors. Paul Rudd is a funny guy and a decent lead but when he isn't being written for and directed by a person with as much talent as him, he's just stuck in a middle-ing movie, delivering middle-ing lines.In the end, "Ant Man" seems more like the sort of film Edgar Wright would normally make fun of, not write.
Marvel is great at making the actors own the role of the superheroes. Ant Man is just another example. Micheal Douglas makes a great Hank Pym. While Paul Rudd is perfect Scott Lang. Paul Rudd uses his comedic timing to elevate the scenes which are generally cliched at this point. Film does cover his personal life without it overshadowing the movie experience.Scott has amazing team to work with. Evangeline Lily as hope is badass. She takes the role of mature hero. It would be amazing to get her as Wasp in next movie.Scott's buddies are resourceful and fun. But the character that steals the show is Luis played by Micheal Pena. He steals every scene he is part of. It would be fun to watch him paired with other superheroes as well.The movie stands on its own, without going too much in Avengers. This makes the repeat watching possible.In MCU, I was blown away by Iron Man in 2008. While next films in MCU have all felt a little flat to me. I did enjoy first Thor movie, again due to the characters that made the film. But after watching this movie again, this is my second favorite solo movie after first Iron Man. Paul Rudd is my boy. I hope he doesn't get lost in the Avengers clutter.