A Speck of Brilliance, Marvel Does it Again | Review of ‘Ant-Man’

By: Cynthia Ayala

Ant-Man starring : Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll & Michael Douglas
Walt Disney Studios

A con artist named Scott Lang gets a shot at redemption when his mentor asks him to protect a superpowered suit. Donning the stunning technology, which shrinks him down to minuscule size, he fights off villains seeking to steal the invention, and organizes a heist that could save the world. Peyton Reed directs this high-octane superhero flick.

— Daniel Gelb, Rovi via Fandango

Go see this movie right now. Don’t just sit there and read this, just go!

You’re still there aren’t you, wondering why all the urgency, probably laughing at the silliness. Well, you’re the silly person for just sitting there. But every urgency deserves a reasoning so thank for giving this the time of day to sit there and read why this film is just another great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

First and foremost, there is no one more perfect for this part than Paul Rudd. End of story. He was just absolutely perfect and while this isn’t a film that is certainly going to even be nominated for an Oscar or Academy Award due to it being a Superhero film, the acting was spectacular. Rudd executed the comedic moments with perfect timing alongside his cast members, but he also had the right amount of seriousness in regards to the film. Just because it’s an action/superhero film with bunches of explosions, there is no reason that the film shouldn’t have the seriousness and lightness to it to captivate audiences.

Part of the charm with Marvel films is the fact that they don’t take themselves too seriously. It’s a superhero film and it’s not a drama, it’s something that should resonate with the masses without diminishing it’s own credibility. And that’s exactly what the writers have done here. They structured the film to be funny and serious at the same to have a lightness to it as well as a lot of heart.

Now let’s backtrack for a moment and take a look at the story. This is a film about an ex-convict, a Robin Hood of sorts, that steals a shrinking suit. He can also control ants. In what world is that supposed to be taken seriously. In fact, many people are going to think it’s utterly ridiculous, and it is. This man can control ants and have their strength. This certainly makes him very powerful but not very serious and only the diehard fans are going to want to see this film. Let’s face, this title is not as appealing as Ironman, Captain America or Avengers. Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish who were behind the story worked so hard to make a somewhat lame hero (sorry comic fans) into an extraordinary hero. They brought it humor, action, and heart to the story and the cast brought it to life.

It’s already been stated that Paul Rudd was amazing for this role, but Evangeline Lilly has come a long way since her days on Lost where her character was written poorly and she didn’t do a great job of portraying it. However, she was even more amazing than she was in The Hobbit franchise. She has the chemistry with Rudd and Michael Douglas, and her spunk was unbelievably awesome. Lilly became the character and made it her own, and she did such an amazing job of that. Alongside Michael Douglas, they had an amazing father-daughter dynamic and it was believable.

Then we have Cory Stoll and my god, in each scene you just didn’t know what was going to happen with him. The manipulation, the cleverness and madness was all so clear and caught the viewer off guard. The audience is constantly second guessing him because he was just that good of an actor. This man would be a perfect Lex Luther. Just saying *cough* DC *cough*.

Everyone in the film was perfect, they all had unbelievable good chemistry and executed their roles with great precision, capturing the humor, the silliness, the seriously and heart wonderfully.

Ant-Man is no lame hero, he may be small, but man, he certainly packs a punch.

Okay, go see the movie now.

– Film Credits –

Directed by Peyton Reed

Screenplay by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay & Paul Rudd

Story by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish

Based on Ant-Man by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber & Jack Kirby

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian & Michael Douglas

Genre | Rating | Length: ActionComedyAdventure | PG-13 | 1 hr. 57 min.

Distributed by Walt Disney Studios

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