Spoiler Free “Ant-Man” Review
Since 2008’s “Iron Man” film, Marvel has continued to put out great movies that audiences love. Last summer’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” seemed like a huge gamble, but it paid off big for them. “Ant-Man” looks like it’s going to do the same.
I went to see “Ant-Man” on Saturday morning. When I first heard about this movie I was not very excited. Ant-Man was never a comic book character that I really liked. I thought Marvel might be making a huge mistake. A guy who shrinks? He’s not really a fan of violence, and mainly just uses science? Why would I want to see that?
I was wrong.
This movie had everything that I loved about “Iron Man”, “Thor”, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, I could go on. I was particularly thrilled with “Ant-Man” because I went in with low expectations. I was blown away. The story, the acting, the ties into the other Marvel film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was all there.
One thing that Marvel has consistently done right is casting their characters. Paul Rudd was phenomenal as Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man in the comics. Michael Douglas portrayed Marvel’s first Ant-Man, Dr. Hank Pym. I loved the way they did this. A sort of passing the torch to the next generation. Corey Stoll plays a fantastic villain, and the tie into the Yellowjacket persona from the classic comics is great. I loved Evangeline Lilly has Hope Vandyne. Her relationship with her father, Hank Pym, is great. It’s also clear that they are setting her up for something more.
Two of my favorite things about this movie were the fact that they included Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, and Michael Pena. Michael Pena stole the show with his comedic timing. Mackie’s Falcon was the perfect little splash of Avengers to tie this movie into the MCU.
Other movie studios taking liberties with comic book stories could really take a lesson from Marvel studios. Even when they change things, it still works.
Basically, if you had doubts about this Marvel project, forget it. Go see “Ant-Man.” You’ll love it.
Also, make sure to stick around because there are two awesome end credits scenes. It’s setting up things pretty well for Marvel’s next project, “Captain America: Civil War.”