Director Peyton Reed
Cast Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, T.I.  Michael Peña and Haley Atwell
Rating 10 LV
Genre Action/Adventure
Running Time 1 Hour 57 Min.

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Paul Rudd stars in the next Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, as Ant-Man. This tiny hero is one of the original and founding members of Marvel’s The Avengers and it’s the first time the franchise hits the big screen. Ant-Man gets his powers from wearing a special suit designed by Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) ends up stealing the suit from Dr. Pym, who in turn wants to become his mentor after being impressed by his skills in stealth amongst other things. The secret behind what makes the suit so powerful is under threat of being exposed by Darren Cross portrayed by Corey Stroll. Dr. Pym and his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) train Scott Lang to become Ant-Man and protect the secrets of the suit.

The special effects in this movie are amazing; you’re completely emerged into a world where you are the size of an ant. The team behind recreating the world on a minuscule level really out did themselves. The special effects look especially realistic in 3D. If you’re a fan of The Honey I Shrunk the Kids franchise you will be blown away by how much technology has changed. Antie from HISTK has nothing on Antony in Ant-Man and you aren’t laughing at how fake everything looks. On the contrary, you’re awestruck by how realistic everything appears and if you’re not great with bugs some of the scenes will be difficult for you to watch.

Other than the cool action sequences, CGI and epic fight scenes, Ant-Man has a really cool scientific element to it. It’s every comic geek’s dream combination and the movie shines some light on how cool science and technology is. Ant-Man has some heart too and of course a bit of friendship and romance. The movie is extremely fast-paced and it is difficult to sometimes keep up during the 1 hour 57 minute running time. There are many elements to the story which include the main plot of saving the world, Lang‘s personal struggles, Hope and Dr. Pym‘s strained relationship and the theme of single parenting is a strong feature throughout the movie. Ant-Man also has some pretty funny one-liners – as can be expected from a Marvel movie and especially one that’s starring and written by Paul Rudd.

Paul Rudd is obviously great and easily transitions between playing Scott Lang – an ex-convict and single dad who is trying to get his life together but keeps falling back into his criminal ways – and Ant-Man – a witty superhero who can communicate with and control ants and has many more tricks. He is one of my favourite actors and but even objectively he killed it! He made me laugh and he made me root for him and that’s exactly what you want from a superhero. Michael Douglas is Michael Douglas and delivered a strong performance with just the right amount of fragility. Evangeline Lilly was pretty bland and I wasn’t overly excited by her portrayal as Hope, who is supposed to be extremely smart, self-assured and strong – I just didn’t get that from Evangeline Lilly’s performance. Corey Stroll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket is a great supervillain and he looks and plays the part very well. He has great emotional range and nailed the vulnerability and anger most supervillains are characterised by.

Ant-Man is Marvel gold and fans are sure to love the film adaptation. It is a little fast-paced and confusing at times, but the tech and science behind the superpowers is really cool. Paul Rudd and Corey Stroll are so good and deliver great performances. The CGI is as cool as you’d expect and you’ll be transported into a minuscule world. I think Ant-man is a solid start to a brand new Marvel franchise and I’m excited to see some more.

Ant-Man Review: Marvel Gold
Good CastSpectacular Special EffectsInteresting Storyline and Plot
Confusing and Long at TimesEvangeline Lilly Delivers a Bland Performance
80%Overall Score
Reader Rating 1 Vote
90%