Ant-Man

Film, Action and adventure
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
Ant-Man

There’s an Edgar Wright-sized hole in Marvel’s bland new micro-scaled comic-book blockbuster

Just when it seemed like the Marvel Cinematic Universe was getting so big that the whole superhero-movie bubble might burst, along comes an adventure that’s told on a much smaller scale. Put it this way: the first action sequence in 'Ant-Man' takes place in a bathtub, and while ultimately this film is too bland to leave much of an impression, at least it's still a much-needed reminder that there are people underneath all that spandex.

Based on a comic character that first appeared in 1962, 'Ant-Man' tells the origin story of a sweet-natured thief named Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). Incapable of holding a job but determined to pay child support for his daughter, Lang re-teams with his old crew (a trio fronted by the great Michael Pena).  Their first score, however, turns out to be a scheme concocted by scientist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), inventor of a top-secret particle capable of shrinking ordinary objects down to insect-size. Ousted from his own technology company by evil protégé Darren Cross (Corey Stoll, essentially channelling Jeff Bridges’s bald villain from ‘Iron Man’), Hank needs a skilled-but-expendable stooge to break into his old lab and steal some vital research before it falls into the wrong hands.

Rudd’s affable wit makes him a perfect choice for the part. But his performance is uncharacteristically inhibited, as if he felt there was too much at stake to try something new. Even the jokes that do work leave some laughs on the table, and the impulse to play things safe proves emblematic of a film that shrinks in the face of a challenge. While 'Ant-Man' borrows from the likes of 'Inception' and 'Ocean’s Eleven', its heist elements are reduced to window-dressing.

Director Peyton Reed – who replaced 'Shaun of the Dead' director Edgar Wright just weeks before shooting began – deserves credit for jumping aboard a speeding train, but his inoffensive finished product proves that Marvel is more interested in protecting the house style than making great movies. Ironically, it doesn’t really matter if a superhero is big enough to punch Thor or small enough to squeeze through a keyhole: when it comes to Marvel movies, one size fits all.

By: David Ehrlich

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Release details

Release date:
Friday July 17 2015
Duration:
0 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Peyton Reed
Screenwriter:
Gabriel Ferrari, Paul Rudd, Adam McKay
Cast:
Evangeline Lilly
Hayley Atwell
Paul Rudd

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tastemaker

I've always associated Paul Rudd to rom-coms and comedic films, and honestly, before watching Ant Man I have never thought he would have been able to interpret a superhero, but oh boy, I was wrong. Ant Man surprised me, the plot is well built and the CGI effects look natural throughout. Paul Rudd's performance was brilliant, bringing to the film a perfect mix of credibility and some humorous lines as well. Ant Man is an interesting film that you should watch it you're a fan of Marvel and even if you're looking for a superhero which can be clumsy, but also credible in the same film.

Tastemaker

Ant-Man is pretty average. Paul Rudd is likeable, playing a “I’m not really a bad person” criminal. The action is okay. And the story is what you’d expect from a superhero movie.


The film’s saving grace is the comedy element. Some moments are actually extremely funny. And I mean you need those laugh-out-loud bits when you’re dealing with a story about a dude hanging out with ants. (Shall I mention his best friend is called Ant-ony?)


However, one can’t help but wonder how funnier and more polished the whole thing would have been if Edgar Wright had been in charge from start to finish. You can feel the movie being pulled between serious and the quirky...


All in all, not quite a Green Lantern disaster but not quite a Guardians of the Galaxy success either.

tastemaker

Ant-Man shook things up in the Marvel universe, taking a more comedic approach than the usual 'gritty' superhero film. The gamble paid off, with Ant-Man not just being a funny film, but still being an excellent addition to Marvel's growing film roster.


I'm not a massive fan of superhero films they are usually just Power Rangers for adults taking themselves incredibly seriously about a ludicrously named star punching something for half hour. Ant man does have a stupidly named character and he does fall in love and all that other usual cliched nonsense but at least it doesn't take itself all that seriously and the jokes are good and consistent. The real stars of the film are the supporting cast of stereotypes the dopey Mexican, the thieving black guy and good with computers serious Russian who make sure the film maintains its humor and remembers that ultimately its a film about a man who hangs around with ants.

Even though 3D gives me a massive headache its worth seeing on a big screen with your specs on for the trippy kaleidoscope bit not far from the end.

Staff Writer

The problem with Ant-Man is that it will always be compared to the other Marvel films. Well, actually that could be its saving grace. As a stand alone movie, Ant-Man is pretty average. It's kind of funny, Paul Rudd is likeable, the story is ridiculous enough to be entertaining but not strong enough to be really memorable and you will leave the cinema without much to talk about. If it wasn't part of the Marvel-verse, I'm pretty sure we'd have another Green Lantern on our hands - a fun watch that you'd not really want to go back to. But, as a member of the Marvel team, everyone who watches it can't help but fall into one of two camps - those who will defend it to the death and those who hate it because it can't compare to Guardians or Avengers.


I saw, watch it with an open mind. See it for what it is, a fun comicbook movie that probably should have been made in the early 90s along with the Honey I Shrunk the Kid movies and enjoy it for what it is - a nostalgic caper that ticks all the storytelling boxes that'll make you giggle from time to time.


I'm not particularly a Marvel film fan but liked this, the jokes are good, Paul Rudd is funny. Myrmecophobes best avoid though. 7.5 out of 10.



It's a good 3 star movie… possible a low 4 (if that means anything). Definitely doesn't deserve the negative hype, sure it probably would've been a better movie with Edgar Wright… but it's by no means the disaster some films suffer when a director leaves last-minute (see X-Men 3). Oh, and it’s funny… probably threads left over from Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s script pre-rewrites (the guy sitting infront of us whooped and clapped A LOT – he was American though). Anyway, overall no way the disaster it was pegged to be. Has some great cameos and cross-overs with Marvel’s other films (Avengers especially) and sit around because it has TWO post-credit scenes (geeks love that shit).