By now Marvel has made sure that people WILL watch whatever they churn out. Audience, fans or not, don’t want to miss out any of the ‘Phase’ movies so that they are kept in the Marvel Universe loop. Who knows what reference they’d be making in their next big superhero epic and who would want to feel awkward when everybody around you is having a chuckle. I thought I’d never say this but, I am getting a bit too tired of the superhero movies overcrowding Hollywood. So for Ant-Man instead of jumping in headlong, I decided to wait for the reviews and surprisingly it fared well on Rotten Tomatoes and on the Internet Realm. Let’s give this a shot.
Ant-Man, Marvel’s sort of delayed Phase 2 movie, is more or less a standalone film paving way for a new superhero addition. It’s a straight forward origins story where they’ve introduced a new Ant-Man aka Scott Lang via the old Ant-Man aka Hank Pym. It’s definitely a fun movie and will please kids as well as adults, got some good humour, has the kind of PG-13 action we’ve expected from Marvel movies and has gratuitous amount of Marvel movie references.
I honestly was skeptical when Paul Rudd was cast as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man. Of course his previous works will surely befit Marvels jovial Universe, but Rudd as a superhero? Well fortunately he has done a fairly well portrayal of Scott Lang and thankfully breathes life into Ant-Man as well. Michael Douglas as Hank Pym was spot and I frankly would have loved to see his version of Ant-Man had it ever been made. Former Lost star Evangeline Lily’s Hope was serviceable and I do believe we’ll get to see more of her in upcoming Marvel movies. Corey Stoll’s Yellow Jacket sure looked bad-ass on screen but his back story wasn’t fleshed out well and as a result we’ve got a so so villain with an unforgivably meager screen-time. Michael Pena was hilarious but then again his character felt like a ‘me too’ feature for the movie and at times felt forced into the narrative.
I wouldn’t lie, the visuals were good but it doesn’t feel novel for some reason. Anybody who has seen Honey I Shrunk The Kids will be able to relate, only this time with high fidelity CG visuals than animatronic ants and stuff. On the other hand Ant Man’s few Action Set-pieces were a treat to watch, especially the heist, the suitcase fight and that toy train set sequence.
Thanks to Marvel’s brilliantly planned cinematic Universe, their movies have always been entertaining albeit following a safe route. Of the lot, I found Iron Man 3, Captain America The Winter Soldier and Guardians Of The Galaxy brilliant and Ant-Man unfortunately comes nowhere near though. Ant-Man is fun to be had for sure but there wasn’t enough wow factor that’d give you goosebumps. It also falls victim to an issue that’s plaguing the Marvel Cinematic Universe…weak antagonists. Peyton Reed has evidently done a commendable job but it ain’t turning any heads. I would have loved if the Edgar Wright’s original had ever seen the light of the day.