My Rating: 7/10 SEE IT
Marvel’s latest film is a fun blend of comedy and action. Paul Rudd manages to provide enough heart and wit to make this a major highlight in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though the film can be very repetitive, following the same formula as the rest of the MCU films, it is an enjoyable blockbuster which is worth seeing in theaters.
I was not sure what to expect when walking into this movie. Marvel’s campy vibes work half the time, but I couldn’t help but ask the question, “is this too silly?”
Ultimately I have come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter what movie you make, so long as you slap the Marvel logo over the title, people will pay to see it. Unfortunately this film completely embodies all of my biggest critiques of the Marvel movies… They are all the same.
When you walk into a Marvel movie, you know exactly what you are going to get. A lighthearted visual effects-driven superhero movie with enough references to the other films in the universe to make them feel connected as well as push the overarching plot forward so that we may one day reach the climax of this long trek in Avengers: Infinity War. A standard battle of good vs evil, most of the time consisting of two characters who are cut from the same cloth and who share the same super-powers. Yes, this movie fits right in with the rest of its Marvel siblings.
The issue with constantly repeating this formula is that they become too predictable and boring. Ant-Man can definitely be unique at times as it takes a much more comedic approach than any of its predecessors, however it still suffers for being too derivative.
Paul Rudd is the saving grace of this film as Scott Lang/Ant-Man. He delivers a heartfelt performance, and his personal motivations make him one of the most unique characters in the MCU. Michael Douglas also enchants us with his wonderful portrayal of Dr. Hank Pym. The scenes these two actors share are, without a doubt, some of the biggest highlights of this movie. Although, the best scene in the movie is a fight scene between Ant-Man and a certain Avenger. It is brief, but it is worth spending ten bucks to see.
Michael Peña’s performance as Lang’s partner-in-crime, Luis, deserves recognition, as he was one of the most enjoyable side-characters the MCU has produced so far. In fact, Lang’s whole possy of ludacris misfits brought just the right amount of absurd humor without being superfluous.
Unfortunately the films major villain, Darren Cross/Yellowjacket, adequately portrayed by Corey Stoll, is severely underdeveloped and the audience is left completely bewildered by Cross’s motivations.
Also, Lang’s relationship with Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), the daughter of Dr. Pym, is poorly developed. Rudd and Lilly either have no chemistry, or the script simply didn’t allow any room for it to flourish.
While watching the film, I was forced to ponder the inevitable question, “What would Edgar Wright have done?” The film’s director, Peyton Reed, delivered a solid entry for the MCU, but ultimately Reed is nowhere near as talented as the great Edgar Wright who has proved himself time and again with his outstanding Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) and he has also proved that he can handle CGI driven action films such as Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
Moving forward, I think Marvel should take a page from Warner Bros. and the way they are handling the DC movie universe. Give your directors complete control and witness the greatness they can produce.
Ultimately, and finally, as far as Marvel movies go… Even when they are bad, they are pretty damn entertaining. And this is far from the worst Marvel movie. See it while it is still in theaters. It’s a pretty solid blend of action and comedy which warrants multiple viewings.
What do you guys think? Was Ant-Man worth seeing in theaters? Or should it be designated for the small screen? Let me know it the comment section below!