Marvel keeps spitting out movies like there is no tomorrow. This year alone they have already released Avengers: Age of Ultron & Ant-Man. Not to mention Fantastic Four on the way. Now, Ant-Man may not have been a movie that many people would want to go see (I know for a fact that my mom and sister thought it looked like the stupidest thing on the planet), but it was actually quite entertaining. It is funny and action-packed.
Ant-Man does a great job introducing a lesser known superhero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It gives viewers a backstory for a hero that will most definitely be a part of the new Avengers team, along with Scarlet Witch, The Vision, Falcon, and War Machine. Paul Rudd (Role Models, The 40-Year Old Virgin) does an impressive job as Scott Lang, alongside Michael Douglas (The Game, Basic Instinct) as Dr. Hank Pym, and Evangeline Lilly (Lost, Real Steel) as Hope van Dyne. The mentally unstable villain, Darren Cross, also known as Yellowjacket is played by Corey Stoll (The Bourne Legacy, Non-Stop).
This film is full of action, and all of the fight scenes require massive amounts of CGI due to the fact that Ant-Man has to shrink and re-grown in a split second of time constantly. The CGI in this movie is astounding and lives to the standards set by previous Marvel movies. One of the most entertaining fight scenes in the movie is when Scott has a run in with The Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Captain America: The Winter Soldier). It was entertaining and funny. The interaction between the two heroes was great, and Scott Lang definitely left an impression. The end fight was also great. Watching two heroes that can change size at will is great to watch and there are some really funny moments. The way that they filmed the movie when Scott shrinks in size is very cool. They still film it as they would have if he was full grown and we get to see the way it would look from Scott’s point of view.
Also, I can not review this movie without commenting on how adorable Scott’s daughter Cassie, played by Abby Ryder Forston (Playing it Cool, Rated). She is so cute!!! I loved watching her on screen. And now I really want her to hand Thor his hammer.
Overall I give Ant-Man a 6.75/10 stars. It definitely wasn’t the best Marvel movie ever made, but it did a good job setting a character that may play a very big part in future films.