I was lucky enough to see a showing of Ant-Man the night before it opened and I am so glad I did. First off, I would like to point a few things out.
- While there is quite a bit of comedy involved, its not over the line like they it seems in the previews.
- As said repeatedly by the cast and crew, this is almost completely a heist movie within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- This is NOT the movie I was expecting, bridging between movies and affecting the overall storyline of the MCU. Rumors said it might be, its not.
It was however brilliant in its execution. It starts out slow, as an action movie should, and slowly builds up from there. There is no dip in the pacing of the movie. Although they are both origin movies, this is nothing like Iron Man. Ant-Man gets stronger and faster pace continually as the movie goes on. Nothing in this movie is extraneous or feels left out (unlike Avengers 2: Age of Ultron). Its uses of the tools given to him through his abilities are extraordinary and portrayed brilliantly. I very much enjoyed this movie.
The acting was amazing as well. Paul Rudd as Scott Lang was as believable as you could expect as an ex-con trying to get his life together, only his slightly over the top friends making his character slightly unbelievable. Michael Douglas (Who plays Hank Pym) is brilliant as always, and in much more of the movie that I had expected. Same for Evangeline Lily (who plays Hank’s daughter Hope Van Dyne) who asks the question we all are asking.. Why Scott Lang?
Post-credit scenes! There are two of them! So hang out until the lights come on!
Overall it is not, as some have said, “The best Marvel movie to date”, that distinction still goes to Captain America 2: Winter Soldier in my book. However it is the best heist movie I have seen since Ocean’s Eleven. That in itself is worth the price of admission. Scott Lang’s friends trying to be funnier than he is wasn’t my favorite thing and at least one sequence was screaming it would happen much earlier in the movie. So I have to give this movie a solid 9 out of 10.
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Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, and Michael Douglas
Director: Peyton Reed
Writers: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, and Paul Rudd
Availability: Released in the U.S. on July 17, 2015