Rev. Ron’s Ant-Size Review of “Ant-Man”

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Well, it’s that time.  Phase 2 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is coming to a close with Ant-Man.  It’s been a hell of a ride that began with Iron Man 3 and featured the intense Captain America:  The Winter Soldier, the stupidly entertaining (and my favorite in the MCU) Guardians of the Galaxy, and the latest adventure of the Avengers but now it’s time to close it down and get ready for Phase 3.  So, without further ado, let’s get down to my Ant-Size review of Ant-Man.

What is it?  The latest Marvel film about one of the founding members of the Avengers from the comics; Ant-Man.

What is it about?  Dr. Hank Pym doesn’t want his technology to fall in the wrong hands—the wrong hands belonging to the unstable Darren Cross; the man who took Pym’s company and now seeks to replicate his shrinking technology and weaponize it.  Pym seeks help from the ex-con Scott Lang and lets him take over the mantle of Ant-Man.  With the ability to shrink and control ants, Lang sets out to stop Cross from suiting up in tech built upon Pym’s work and stop the madman from becoming the villain Yellowjacket.

Who is in it?  Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale and, of course, a cameo from Stan Lee.

Do you know the Muffin Man?  Never heard of him.

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The Good…

  • Paul Rudd is his usual charming and hilarious self but also captures the spirit of Scott Lang from the pages.
  • Michael Douglas, as usual, is stupidly captivating in every scene he’s in.
  • The action may be on a smaller scale (pun intended) when compared to the other MCU films but it is very satisfying.
  • The special effects are great and really help to showcase an amazing sense of scale.
  • There’s an awesome Avenger cameo that runs afoul of Ant-Man.  A trailer spoiled this but I won’t say who it is in case you haven’t seen that trailer.
  • While not directly connecting to the bigger overall story arc that is taking place in the MCU (think Thanos), the film still feels like it belongs it that universe and there is no doubt that Lang will fit right in with the rest of the Avengers and other heroes.
  • The film is very funny and works its comedy in well with the heist story that deals with heavier themes of passing on torches, redemption and personal responsibility.  Michael Peña’s performance deserves special mention because that man stole the show quite a bit and was extremely funny.

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The Bad…

  • Corey Stoll’s performance was a little too over-the-top for me.  His villainous performance bordered on the edge of cartoonish.  This is rectified after he puts on the Yellowjacket suit but his beginning arc is hard to watch.
  • I wanted a little more development from the Hope van Dyne character.  Evangeline Lilly’s performance is great and the character isn’t terrible but the performance was so strong that she needed a greater arc…which will happen, it seems, thanks to some teases in the story.
  • Some of the smaller size action is a little hard to watch because they are very fast pace and it makes it very difficult to focus on what is happening.

Ant-Man has some issues and is not as perfect as the first Avengers film or Guardians of the Galaxy but it’s still a lot of fun and another very entertaining feature in Marvel’s ever expanding movieverse.  Now, I somehow have to try and wait patiently for Civil War to come out.

Rev. Ron is a geek who really likes movies and really likes to share his experiences about those movies with other people and the denizens of the internet.  You can read more of his reviews (including a Giant Man-size review of Ant-Man) on his blog at RevRonMovies.BlogSpot.com.