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Ant-Man (2015) - wizzardSS Reviews

Ant-Man (2015)

3 Stars

Ant-Man (2015)
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Plot

High tech thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is chosen by scientist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to don a suit that shrinks him in size but increases his strength. They plan to pull off a heist to save the world from Pym's former understudy Darren Cross (Corey Stoll).

Review

Marvel has been something of a rollercoaster since it's decision to branch out and create a blockbuster cinematic universe. It started with the underwhelming reboot of The Incredible Hulk before peaking through the other three 'main' Avengers films and crescendoing Phase One with Avengers Assemble.

Phase Two brought about something new. A dull sequel to Iron Man was followed by the announcement of Guardians of the Galaxy which, frankly, made everyone question if someone high up at Marvel had lost their marbles. Boy, were we wrong. Ultimately, Guardians astonishing success has raised the bar for Marvel, which made Age of Ultron feel like "just another film", rather than the culmination of years of Marvel storyline.

With the arrival of Ant-Man to start Phase Three, it felt again like Marvel were -literally - thrusting another small part of their universe on the audience to make a quick buck before the inevitable sequels to their other franchises. As a result, I went into the cinema not knowing whether to expect to be impressed or deflated.

In some ways, Ant-Man is your typical Marvel film; there is plenty of humour, smatterings of inward references to other franchises (especially The Avengers), and the flawless special effects that really help to bring the comic to life.

Ultimately, though, Ant-Man is not a typical Marvel film. It revolves less around sci-fi and the threat of world domination and instead becomes part-heist, part-comedy drama. Think Prison Break meets How I Met Your Mother.

While many of the expected comedy action sequences have already been spoiled by the trailers, the laughs still mostly hit the right notes, especially in respect to Michael Peña's hilarious whimsical tales. Occasionally though, Ant-Man does try to copy what made Guardians great, including one sad attempt to crowbar in cult music for cheap laughs.

The other point where the film feels lacking is in the obvious comparison to Iron Man. Both red-suited protagonists have no real superpowers, but more than make up for it in cynicism, but Paul Rudd is never quite able to hit the same chords as Robert Downey Jr.

However, despite its downfalls, the film is not only able to pull in even more big names from Hollywood (Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lily, and Russo from House of Cards - Corey Stoll), but it is also able to throw open the door for their appearances in future films.

Ant-Man is still a lot of fun, despite its faults. Marvel have tried something new, mostly not succeeded, but ultimately only added an ant-sized dent to their huge reputation.

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