Sunday, July 19, 2015

Ant-Man Review: A surprise home run for Paul Rudd and the rest

The Hit

Because Ant Man is a part of the Marvel Universe and will be a future avenger according to the comics, I had to go see it, even though I had really low expectations. I was glad I gave it a try because I walked out loving it! I might even see it again in theaters. 

The reason Ant Man was so good was the added humor (a lot of it). One funny character, Luis, (Michael Pena) brought humor to every scene he was in. Aside from Luis, our main hero Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) nailed it as the new Ant Man. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) from the comics passes his torch down to Scott to save his own company and the world in general. 

Scott asks why Hank can't just call the Avengers for help and an earlier flashback shows why Hank won't deal with anyone Stark-related. The only Avenger appearing in Ant Man is Hawkeye and that scene gets pretty heated.

Ant Man starts sort of slow with a build up of characters and the story of Hank when he first donned the suit. This flashback revealed previous Marvel characters, including someone close to Tony Stark and someone really close to Captain America. My inner geek/nerd was at an all time high throughout those scenes where other Marvel connections from past movies were made. 

Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), the daughter of Hank Pym, will kick some butt in the future and might even give Black Widow a run for her money in looks and moves. She played a big role in the movie and gets a treat after the credits which has been a long time coming for her. Do not leave after that scene, stay until the very end and (NO SPOILERS) watch the short scene setting up the next Marvel movie.

I went into Ant Man not expecting much and walked out loving it. I hope you feel the same as well. 

The Verdict
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