Ant-Man Retrospective Review
Ant-Man is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics characters of the same name and it is the twelfth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was directed by Peyton Reed, with a screenplay by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd. It stars Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip "T.I." Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, and Michael Douglas.
The Story/The Direction:
This film is circled around Scott Lang (Rudd) who is a burglar who has just been released from prison. Due to his record, he is not able to pay child support to his ex-wife and he has to work with his former cell-mate, Luis (Peña) and two others (Harris and Dastmalchian). and two other pals to rob an old man's safe. Their target ends up recruiting Scott to be the new Ant-Man, a superhero who can shrink down to the size of an ant and also communicate with them. Hank and his daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly), want to Scott to help them take down Dr. Darren Cross (Stoll) from selling his own Ant-Man-like suit as a military weapon. Reed is able to create a fairly entertaining film that is not as big as the other MCU films. The stakes are small (pun intended) but this film keeps it fresh. It is a film about Scott and the people around him and his relationships with them.
Rudd is a natural when it comes to sarcasm and one-liners. He is able to nail his comedic timing with the scrip and the other characters. His banter with Peña is great as is Peña, himself. He as Scott's prison friend gives a hilarious performance highlighted by his memorable voice dubbing scenes. Rudd's chemistry with Lilly works with their "opposites attract" storyline but Lilly is great as Hope. Rudd also has some great chemistry with Douglas as both play characters who are clearly protective of their daughters. Cross plays the daddy issue filled antagonist very well and comes off fairly menacing.
This film, unfortunately, is fairly predictable as it is a standard superhero origin story film. It plays out pretty much how one would imagine it. One of the biggest problems with this film actually comes from the production side of things. This film was originally supposed to be directed by Wright who left due to creative differences. Where this becomes a problem is that there are a few scenes that seem different from the rest of the film and are there probably due to Wright's original influence. This makes the film's overall tone seem off at times. In addition, the sequence to tie the film into the overall MCU seemed unnecessary.
Though this film has a tonal issue at times, the action sequences alone make this film very entertaining to watch. Some of the scenes are almost as funny as the dialogue between the characters. The CGI looks great, especially during the shrunken scenes and Rudd is very charming that makes him a wonderful addition to the Avengers. This may not be the biggest film of the MCU but it is not trying to be. It is a film that is simple and fun which it exceeds at.
Rating: 4.0/5.0 bowties
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