If you’re a true comic book nerd, you have been familiar with the Marvel Universe since the time you could comprehend words on a page. Today, most movie goers are now familiar with it as well. Believe it or not, there was a time that Marvel characters did not work well on film. In the 90’s I remember a constant tease of a Spider-Man movie being released. There was even a countdown at one point. To my dismay, this never happened. It was probably a good thing, because at the time, superhero movies were not so great. This partly due to the lack of special effects we now have over-saturating the films we venture out to see. While Ant-Man did have a lot of special effects, that wasn’t the only thing holding this movie together.
Even if you are not a fan of the comic or the character, Ant-man delivers a great movie experience. The origin story has been slightly altered from the comic, but I’m not going to go into that here. Changes from comic book stories to screen have become a common place in many of the Marvel films and I honestly don’t have a problem with it. The special effects were top notch and the action scenes really delivered. As if that wasn’t enough, the acting was surprisingly good by everyone in the film.
The plot of the movie centers around Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), who is a cat burglar fresh out of the pen trying to turn his life around. His daughter Cassie is his inspiration to turn his life around, even though his ex-wife (Judy Greer) and her new husband (Bobby Cannavale) don’t want him around her until he can prove that he has changed his ways. He tries to get a legitimate job before he turns back to a life a crime with the help of his friend Luis (Michael Pena) who got a tip from a friend of a friend. The heist that they pull gets the Ant-Man suit into his hands. Shortly after he is contacted by the owner of the suit, the original Ant-Man Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Dr. Pym takes Scott under his wing and trains him to become the new Ant-Man so that he can help stop Dr. Pym’s former protege Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) from selling the technology and endangering the world.
Needless to say, Paul Rudd really delivers a funny and fantastic performance and so does Michael Pena. I thoroughly enjoyed this film from beginning to end and never even questioned how much longer I had until it would be over. This is a rare thing for me these days since a lot of movies fail to deliver on so many levels. I still wonder how the movie would have turned out if Edgar Wright had stayed on board to direct it. It was because of him that the movie was made in the first place. If you aren’t familiar with his work, Edgar Wright directed Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs The World.
I highly recommend seeing this film if you’re looking for an entertaining film full of laughs, great action, and phenomenal visuals.