Well Marvel’s agenda behind Ant-Man is pretty clear from the synopsis itself. It is just another fair enough movie that is used to establish another super hero who they can use in the coming Avengers films. The super hero here is Tiny, and so is the nature of the plot of the movie. Within the limitations of happening in a time when the avengers are predominant, director Peyton Reed manages to give a satisfactory back story to this small avenger.
Ex S.H.E.I.L.D scientist Hank Pym hasn’t disclosed to anyone about his ideas behind making an Ant-Man who can shrink his body. But his younger associate Darren Cross has been working on this formula to decrease the distance between atoms for a long time and is almost on the verge of success. The movie mainly focuses on the fight between Mr. Pym and Mr. Cross about the usage of this technology and who wins in this battle is what Ant-Man all about.
Well the coolness and comedy quotient has always been a significant part of Marvel super hero movies in the recent past. Even though it may not be as cool as some of the other Avengers stuff, Ant-Man has some funny moments. The good thing is that the character of Ant-Man isn’t limited as just a size changing super hero. He has this control over the ants that are very famous for the disciplined team work. The attacking strategy of the Ant-Man is actually quite cool and it also offers really funny moments for the audience to laugh at. The climax fight somewhere reminded me of the old techniques in films to create big explosions and other large scale stuff. Smartly edited portion will surely give you some good moments to laugh. The clichés of hero being a depressed character and also this egoistic clash over a chemical formula and other stuff has made the movie somewhat predictable. But with the kind of detailing given to the character, they have made this movie enjoyable.
Peyton Reed seems to be keen on avoiding certain melodramas in the content and to an extent he has succeeded. Real excitement kicks in only in the second half of the movie where the suit and super hero comes in to action. Reed has created some skillfully visualized set pieces in the middle of toys. The screenplay knows its limitations in my opinion and has played it safely. At one point Scot does refer about asking the avengers to look in to the issue and we also get to see some other inclusions to make us believe that all this is happening in the same universe (Hydra and S.H.I.E.L.D are there in this one too). Cinematography was good and so was the edits. Ant-Man could well be the movie were Marvel used less Visual effects (visually it looks that way).
Paul Rudd was good in his Scott/ Ant-Man avatar. The small guy looks good in the suit and ya, he has that innocent look in his face, which kind of justifies the desperate situation of Scott. Michael Douglas played the role of Mr. Pym with the required aggression. Evangeline Lilly was good in her character and Corey Stoll was okay in playing the typical villain.
On the whole, Ant-Man is a satisfying super hero film and Peyton Reed has done his job to add a new avenger to the franchise. It may not have mind blowing fights or spectacular set pieces, but the tiny man and his army won’t bore you for sure. The rating is 3/5. There is a mid post credits scene and a post credits scene, so don’t leave the cinema hall that quickly.
It may not have mind blowing fights or spectacular set pieces, but the tiny man and his army won’t bore you for sure.
Green: Recommended Content
Orange: The In-Between Ones
Red: Not Recommended