Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79% (Critics) / 91% (Audience)
Directed By: Peyton Reed
Written By: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll
Synopsis: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man 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. – (Source)
Michael Douglas makes a very fine crotchety wacky scientist and ex-superspy. His Hank Pym was one of the acting highlights of the film. The other was Michael Peña as Ant-Man’s sidekick and ex-con best buddy Luis who really has a way with telling a story. I also have high hopes for Evangeline Lilly’s future in the Marvel Movie-verse.
There were also some really cool moments that looked like left over concepts/ideas from Edgar Wright before he was jettisoned from this project: the way Luis’s story recaps were shot; a battle inside of a briefcase and the movie’s climactic battle in a child’s room where the perspective kept switching from up close fighting to the less than titanic wide shots.
This movie, just by virtue of the main character’s oddball power set, really needed to be a little less of a straightforward super-hero origin tale. Instead of going over-the-top (which was likely where Wright’s version of the film was going to go) Peyton Reed delivers a paint by numbers movie with very little to make it stand out from a very crowded pack.
Also ANT-MAN continues the streak of Marvel movies where the villain is completely forgettable. Corey Stoll is a really good actor but he was saddled with a crap role.
There were so many holes in this film that seemed like the result of bad editing where things were said pr situations were shown that should have had some prior set-up but was never shown.
And so much of the dialog was incredibly clunky.
It sucks that the movie Edgar Wright wanted to make isn’t what was released in theaters because I think Wright’s inventive style would have done wonders for this character.
Final Verdict: A pretty much forgettable film that looks as if it were churned out of a Marvel Movie Generator. Not much stands out and nothing really new or different is presented. Ant-Man is not horrible (it actually has some really fun moments) but it is sadly a bit disappointing considering how much I was looking forward to it for so long.