AntMan is a 2015 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics characters of the same name: Scott Lang and Hank Pym. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the twelfth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was directed by Peyton Reed, with a screenplay written by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd, and stars Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, and Michael Douglas. In Ant-Man, Lang must help defend Dr. Pym’s Ant-Man technology and plot a heist with worldwide ramifications.
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|Release Dates||17 July 2015 (USA, UK, Ireland, Canada)||12 August 2015 (Italy)||27 August 2015 (Austria)|
|Directed By||Peyton Reed|
|Music By||Christophe Beck|
Tip "T.I." Harris
Ant Man Movie Review:
Over the last few years, one of the biggest gripes many have had with Marvel superhero movies is that they often take themselves too seriously. The plot to so many of these movies can get sort of monotonous, surprisingly so considering the stakes involved. How many MCU movies have you seen where all of a sudden the Earth (or even the universe) is threatened, only to be saved at the last minute by the heroes? Most characters, even the more charming ones, do nothing but seem to stress just how important all of this is.
With ‘Ant-Man’, the stakes, while high, are treated with a little more levity. This is a comedy first, with a dash of the Marvel melodrama added. Even when the climactic battle happens; it’s still Paul Rudd playing a miniature superhero. The effects used in his transformation are pretty spectacular- shrinking down to insect size allows for a lot of creativity in creating this tiny version of the world.
Rudd plays Scott Lang, an ex-con living with his wife (played by Judy Greer) and his daughter. Struggling to recapture his life with his family in San Francisco, he gets recruited by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to break into Pym’s former headquarters to retrieve his magical shrinking serum, lest it come in to the hands of the film’s villain, played by Corey Stoll.
The very concept of the movie lends itself well to visual gags, especially during Lang’s training. The director, Peyton Reed, while not known for his forays into action (he directed “Bring It On”, for instance), had a very tight, good script to work with and knocked it out of the park with help from a talented cast. There are enough connections to the larger Marvel Universe storyline, but this film is streamlined, action packed, and doesn’t get lost in the weeds when it comes to explaining every bit of detail about a character’s background. It works for everyone from the Marvel fanatics to the fair-weather fans alike.
P.S. – In case you were wondering, as with most Marvel movies, it pays to stick through the credits. This time, though, there’s 2 rewards for you.