Verdict: 4.5 / 5
One of Marvel’s most anticipated titles has finally arrived on our big screen. Ant-Man is a solid fun-filled adventure with a great focus placed on good story-telling.
More superior than Age of Ultron, it has a smaller cast, which works in its favour. We get to grow as Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grows in the film and we feel each second of excitement when he shrinks as well. This movie is well-written and the scenes flow quite naturally. We do not feel as though the movie is jumping from scene to scene and that it is just rambling on to make it’s 120 minutes running time.
This is not the tale of the original Ant-Man. Instead, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the original Ant-Man from the comic books, is looking to save the world and he needs an heir to his legacy in order to do so. This is where Lang comes in. He is fresh out of prison and desperate for a second chance at life and, more importantly, at being a father to his daughter. One man can give him this new beginning but on the condition that he saves the world from an impending doom.
Darren Cross, a man obsessed with the legacy of the Ant-Man, and the boss of Pym Technologies has finally managed to re-create his mentors work. The Yellow Jacket is a weaponised version of the Ant-Man suit. Realising the threat posed by Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) and his Yellow Jacket prototype, Pym prepares Scott Lang for the heist of a lifetime.
Ant-Man is surprisingly good and certainly rivals the fun factor of last year’s highly successful, Guardians of the Galaxy. This film is not only packed with clever punchlines, but it also has some of the most amazing action scenes that Marvel has produced thus far. Expect big action being done on an almost sub-atomic scale. The CGI is simply brilliant and believable. The tiniest of spaces become the greatest of battlefields and the staging of these action sequences were amazing.
There are lots of names being dropped and quite a few cameos. (Also note that there are two easter egg credit scenes in this film). One is after the fancy 3D credits and the other is after the entire credits have run their course. The future of this franchise is looking good. From the opening to its closing, Ant-Man has it all. This is a visual experience that deserves to be seen on the big screen, so spend your money on something this little and expect a huge reward!