Review | Ant-Man (2015)
- Directed by: Peyton Reed
- With: Paul Rudd, Edgar Wright, Adam McKay, Joe Cornish
- 117 Minutes
And at last we’re allowed to say that phase two is officially over! Earth’s mightiest superheroes are now allowed to rest for a bit before the huge showdown that it’s about to happen next year with Captain America: Civil War! This second phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe saw amazing movies that actually managed to hold everyone’s expectations pretty high… From The Winter Soldier to Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s latest hits are a clear evidence that the superhero genre is no longer what we were used to. After the production issues that were seen with great concern, Ant-Man was quite far from being a safe bet. Summer movies usually aren’t that successful but after Guardians’ tremendous success, Marvel was probably trying to repeat the formula. Without Edgar Wright in the director’s chair, everyone’s hopes were on Peyton Reed and after watching this superhero adventure I must say he did a pretty good job. Ant-Man is funny, irreverent and it fulfilled all of my expectations… A different entry in the MCU that tries to cheer up everyone this summer by being a pleasant movie that even though isn’t as good as Cpt. America 2, it still manages to entertain Marvel’s fans.
Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Ant-Man isn’t as intense as the previous titles in the MCU and that ended up being a good thing… First it’s not the conventional super-hero story and second it’s quite effective on cheering up everyone. Here the hero is a burglar and the mission is to prevent a highly advanced weapon from falling into the wrong hands. There are some references to the Marvel Universe that allow us to focus more on the full story and at the same time there’s this original story about a guy who wanted to be the hero his daughter thought he was while he shows the true potential of his costume and the reason why he is an Avenger. Curiously the best moments in the movie are not Marvel-related and are mostly concerned with the peculiar situation of changing the sizes of objects and living an adventure from the perspective of an ant. Scott’s first moments ant-sized made the whole experience unique, while he had to get used to his small size and huge strength and there’s a constant good mood around the story that is great for this summer season.
With Civil War on the way, Marvel closes this year with a funny adventure with great potential. Ant-Man may not be a tremendous hit but this ant-sized adventure seizes its potential in a great way. Scott Lang is a great addition to the MCU, played by Paul Rudd, who appears to be the right guy to play this “small” role. Here, size doesn’t matter at all and as a summer blockbuster, Ant-Man manages to be a good choice, even though the characters and story can’t be compared to some of the previous hits of the MCU. Ant-Man works if you want to have a good time and closes some topics on our way to the final phase of the MCU. The after-credits scenes are probably some of the most important ones we’ve seen so far and it’s always good to see Michael Douglas on the screen. Instead of focusing only on its target audience, Ant-Man has potential to please even those who remain slightly skeptical by being a more relaxed and funny superhero movie.