Verdict: 4.5 / 5
Ant Man simply does what its title implies, a charming little story with the perfect mix of humour, drama and action.
The most recent release from within the Marvel Universe brings one of the founding members of the Avengers to life. Unlike most Marvel Studios movies, and quite similarly to Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man doesn’t take its self too seriously. Although it feels less like a superhero movie, there are still mentions of other Marvel movies such as Stark and The Avengers, including an appearance from Falcon.
Convicted felon and ex-cat burglar Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is tracked down by Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and soon finds himself in a world bigger than he could have ever imagined. Hank Pym the developer of “the Pym particle,” is adamant to keep this shrinking technology away from the world and especially SHIELD. It is up to Scott, armed with Pym’s suit giving him the ability to shrink to the size of an ant but increase in strength, to keep Dr Pym’s ant suit a secret. Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), Dr Pym’s prodigy has worked for years to recreate Pym’s technology and with his own development ‘yellow jacket’ he seems to be getting closer. Together Hank and Scott with the help of Hank’s daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) plan a heist that will save the world.
Although shorter than most Marvel movies, Ant-Man is still packed with just as much energy. Paul Rudd was the perfect choice to bring this character to life in the most humorous way possible. What the script lacks in originality it makes up for with interesting shots and continuously surprising humour. The experience at IMAX only emphasises how good the visual effects are and makes the experience of Scotts Lang’s new world even more exciting. The mirrored relationship between Scott and his daughter and Hank and Hope add a new dimension to the subject of superheroes with children.
Without being pretentious, Ant-Man still manages to hold its weight among the more famous heroes. A great addition to the Marvel collection, and definitely worth watching in IMAX.