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Ninth comic book movie to be reviewed is Ant-Man, the 12th film in the MCU and last in Phase Two. The screenplay was originally by Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright, with Wright supposed to direct it, but after he left, Paul Rudd (Ant-Man/Scott Lang) and Adam Mckay stepped in to write, with Peyton Reed taking up directing duties. I can vaguely remember brief mutterings of doom for this movie because of that, and I’m not sure exactly what was or wasn’t changed in the screenplay, but the result was, in my opinion, one of the better Marvel films.
The story involves Scott Lang, a master thief, being tricked into stealing a suit which, among other things, allows him to shrink in size and possess superhuman strength, from Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), who has a plan to train Lang to prevent his old colleague Darren Cross from perfecting and using the same technology for evil. There is a subplot about Lang, recently released from prison, trying hard to reconnect with his daughter under the suspicious watch of his ex (Greer) and her policeman boyfriend (Cannavale).
The cast are all great, I especially thought Douglas as Pym was great. Lily gives a good performance as his daughter Hope. Rudd surprised me as both Lang and his alter ego Ant-Man. He in fact becomes one of the MCU’s most relatable hero’s in this movie. He has no powers until he puts on the suit, and he’s a down on his luck guy whose abilities are largely overlooked until he meets Pym, you see him trying to be both family man and super-man at the same time, and you really root for him. It’s that more down to earth approach that really fits in this movie. It makes sense to make the world a bit smaller for a smaller hero. Stoll also makes us believe that Cross/Yellowjacket means business. And the guys who play Lang’s criminal friends add some good comedy to the movie.
The fight scenes are some of the most inventive, funny and action packed that we’ve seen in the MCU so far, all at the same time. The fight in Lang’s daughter’s room is genius. The less I talk about these and let you watch them for yourself the better.
While the odd punchline falls flat, the action never fails to impress and the story and performances are great. My verdict: A smaller scale Marvel movie, but with a bigger heart.
Movie info from Wikipedia:
|Directed by||Peyton Reed|
|Produced by||Kevin Feige|
by Stan Lee
|Music by||Christophe Beck|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios
|Box office||$519.3 million|