Movie Review: The Ant Man
Why would anyone in their right mind want to see a movie titled ‘Ant Man’?
I mean – he’s in that poster – but the only reason you see him is because he’s mostly a black smudge on white paper.
Therefore – he sorta stands out. Else..
But then – someone mentions he’s related to the Avengers.
Hmm. Things get interesting. But still – is that reason enough?
Marvel has been cutting quite the swathe as far as box office billings are concerned – raking in over five billion dollars collectively since they took the fate of their characters in their own hands and launched Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release of Iron Man I in 2008. Since then, they have done eleven movies – Ant Man being their twelfth entry.
Featuring the usually type-cast Paul Rudd, Ant Man is a story about redemption and second chances. Even Michael Douglas’ character, Hank Pym, the original Ant Man cannot say it enough. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is an electrical genius and cat burglar who went to jail and missed out on most of his daughter’s life. Now he’s out – no job prospects and wanting to spend more time with his girl. But he’s missing child support payments.
Getting desperate, he finally allows his ex-con roommate sell him the idea of robbing a house whose owner has traveled for a week. He breaks in successfully, cracks the ‘golden egg’ safe – and then finds nothing inside it but what he thinks is a motorcycle suit.
One day, curiousity gets the better of him and he puts the suit on –
And then everything goes crazy.
The stunning thing about this movie is – like the typical Marvel movie – it’s a family film that isn’t campy in any way. It satisfies fans who are coming from a comic background of over twenty/thirty/forty/fifty years – and still embraces the new ones who only heard of The Avengers after Robert Downey Jr. did his ‘I Am Iron Man’ thing. The visuals are stunning, dialogue as usual smooth and plenty laughs – and yet, still has enough heart moments to put a tear or two in the most dry of eyes.
You should check out the smackdown Ant Man hands a certain Avenger…
Ant Man is not exactly refreshing – it features a lot of the Marvel gimmicks – stunning visuals, interesting characters, plenty laugh along moments – but it’s a solid entry into the catalogue. Catcg Ant Man at the Ozone Cinemas at the following times:
Fri-Thur: 11:15am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:20pm
Now again I wonder – who in their right mind would want to watch a movie titled Ant Man?