Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, Tip Harris, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Jordi Mollà, Michael Douglas
Directed by: Peyton Reed
Run Time: 117 mins
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
4 out of 5 Frames
By Ethan Graham
Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is a smart-mouthed ex-con who is trying to get his life together. Nothing is more important to him than putting his past behind him and being a part of his daughter’s life. That isn’t so easy to do with his reputation and skill set and is soon thrown back into crime to solve his problems. What he doesn’t expect is to find himself at the mercy of Dr. Hank Prym (Michael Douglas), who has bigger plans for him than a trip back to prison.
Scott is given a chance at redemption, which involves using his incredible wit for a greater purpose than self-righteousness. To gain his freedom, and his little girl, Scott must dawn the Ant-Man suit and pull off the greatest heist of his life. The coveted Prym particle, which gives the Ant-Man his incredible ability, may fall into the wrong hands, and it is up to Scott, Dr. Prym, and a few other helpful allies to stop Cross from using it for destruction.
The origin story of the Ant-Man isn’t overly complicated and doesn’t take itself too seriously. It plays out like a regular Paul Rudd comedy mixed in with Ocean’s 11-esque heist preparation. Rudd brings the laughs in every scene, even with jokes that would seem tired if it were anyone else saying them. His charisma shines through a somewhat simple storyline and half-hearted character interactions. The movie wants to do more but seems to be strung together without letting any of the story arches breathe. There are some great scene-stealing moments from Michael Peña and the extremely cute Abby Ryder Fortson. In the end, Scott Lang’s down to Earth personality, awe-inspiring visual effects, and some great action sequences make this movie worth watching. It’s not quite as epic as its sister Marvel movies, but ties in nicely with plenty of references (and possible cameos) from the MCU.
Be sure to catch “Ant-Man” when it opens in theaters and IMAX 3-D nationwide starting Friday July 17, 2015.
Things to Watch For: Great cameos by other Marvel characters such as Peggy Carter, the Falcoln & (old) Howard Stark Sr. Be sure to stick around after the credits for bonus Marvel goodness.
Who Should See this Movie: Fans of MCU, Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, Tip Harris, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Jordi Mollà, Michael Douglas
Theater, DVD or VOD: All the above