Ant-Man Review

Ant-Man Review

I’ll admit to being a fanboy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Marvel’s movie studio has managed to consistently do two things that so far, no other movie studio churning out comic book adaptations has figured out yet:

1. Remain faithful to the heart and soul of the original material

2. Present these crazy characters and ridiculous concepts to the general public in a way that doesn’t make them feel like they’re missing vital information because they don’t already read the comics

Ant-Man follows the MCU movie formula, which isn’t terribly surprising considering how well it has performed for Marvel so far.  The humor in the movie is great.  But the moments where the movie wants you to feel some kind of more serious emotion didn’t work very well.  In order to discuss why that is, it’s necessary to discuss some extremely minor spoilers for the movie.

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Ant-Man poster

For example, Scott Lang befriends one of the ants he works with, and names it Anthony.  So when Anthony is shot later on in the movie, and the camera does the slow-motion linger on one of Anthony’s wings as it falls to the floor, we’re supposed to feel some measure of sadness, right?  The problem is that not enough time was spent in the movie actually seeing the relationship between Ant-Man and Anthony develop, other than in a training montage.  And then after Anthony dies, he’s immediately replaced by another ant who remains nameless.  It’s hard to feel any sense of loss there.

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Ant-Man Evangeline LillyOverall Ant-Man does a great job of fitting nicely into the MCU.  Multiple references are made to the Avengers as a whole, and to individual members of the team.  There are a number of fun cameos that I hadn’t expected.  Falcon gets to make a more-than-cameo appearance, which in some ways makes up for his lack of involvement in the battles scenes from Age of Ultron.  There’s even a line or two that points to Spider-Man already being active and doing his thing out in the world.  That would be great.  We do not need another Spider-Man origin movie.  It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the movie, while definitely a solo film, is meant as a stepping stone for Ant-Man to join the Avengers.

One of the major criticisms that the MCU has faced, especially recently, is the dearth of female superheroes.  Thankfully Ant-Man introduces us to Hope Pym (Evangeline Lilly), the daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and by the end of the movie, well, let’s just say this:  I started imagining what it would be like if Marvel made a movie where Black Widow and Wasp become friends, snark off about (among other things) how dumb the men in their lives are, and generally beat the crap out of everyone that tries to stop them.  There is only one response to that dream:

GIVE IT TO ME NOW!

So here’s hoping that Hope Pym will be making many more appearances in the MCU.  Between Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Wasp, and the upcoming Captain Marvel, it feels like the MCU is ever so gradually trying to bring more of these strong and amazing characters (that just happen to be female) to the screen.  Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before we’ll have more solo films starring these characters.

But I digress.

Ant-Man was fun.  The humor is great, the action is well done, especially when it works the humor into the action.  I was a little disappointed that, despite showing Scott Lang tinkering with the suit at various points of the movie, nothing really happened with it.  There is a case to be made that it was his tinkering that allowed him to do something late in the movie, but I disagree with that assessment.

All in all, Ant-Man is a great addition to the MCU, and definitely feels like the end of Phase 2.  Stay all the way to the end of the credits, and tell me if you don’t walk out of the movie theater thinking, “Uh oh, something big is coming…”

What did you think of Marvel’s latest film? Where does it rank for you? What are you hoping to see in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War? Comment below!

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6 comments on Ant-Man Review

  1. I loved this film! It was exciting, fun, and funny. While I feel that it was definitely better than Age of Ultron, I think I have to place the first Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy higher just on straight enjoyment. Ant-Man absolutely shook up my MCU rankings though. Definitely top 5 for this one.

    1. David Hill says:

      With RDJ seeming to be less and less likely to reprise the role of Tony Stark beyond his current obligations, I kind of wonder if Marvel is planning for Ant-Man to be the new ‘anchor point’ character of the MCU…

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