‘Ant-Man’ Review: Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly & Michael Douglas

Posted in Film, Reviews by - July 17, 2015
‘Ant-Man’ Review: Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly & Michael Douglas

Paul Rudd in a superhero suit? Evangeline Lilly kicking some major but?? Heck yes! What’s not to like about Marvel’s Ant-Man? Maybe the name of the superhero? Well, Ant-Man definitely has its problems, but the cast isn’t one of them. And one thing is for sure; by the end of this movie you’ll care about ants more than you ever have.

Ex conman Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has recently gotten out of prison and is looking to get back into the real world by getting his own place and finding a job. He adores his young daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) and is desperate to spend time with her, but his ex-wife Maggie (Judy Greer) and her new cop fiancé Paxton (Bobby Cannavale) want him to be more stable and reliable before he can visit her.

In search for his next opportunity, Scott sort of falls into Dr. Hank Pym’s (Michael Douglas) house and discovers a mysterious suit. Scott steals this suit and when he goes home to try it on, with the touch of a button Scott shrinks to the size of an ant and has the strength of a superhero. With the help of Dr. Pym and his smart and courageous daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly), Scott must pull off a heist in order to save the world.

Paul Rudd is charismatic as ever as our title character. He seemed to have a lot of fun making puns about the goofy name of his superhero, fighting against the Falcon and talking amongst the swarms of ants. Rudd is easily the perfect choice for Ant-Man between his physicality and his ability to connect with the audience on both an emotional and comedic level, he was really fun to watch.

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As much fun as it is to see Rudd star in a Marvel film, Evangeline Lilly steals every scene she’s in as Hope. Lilly’s Hope is a tough, no nonsense, badass chick who wants to maintain world order by making sure power doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Lilly has fantastic chemistry with Rudd and she looks damn good in her black business suits and her workout gear while kicking his butt. Lilly and Douglas do well at mirroring each other’s personalities and have a realistic father-daughter relationship in this Marvel universe.

The rest of the supporting cast doesn’t go to waste. Douglas is gentle yet stoic as Dr. Hank Pym, the inventor of the Ant-Man suit and Corey Stoll is intimidating as Darren Cross, the man who wants to use the power against the greater good. Of course Judy Greer, in another thankless small role is exquisite as Scott’s ex-wife Maggie and Bobby Cannavale does well as her new fiancé. Michael Pena switches gears from his recent dramatic roles to play Scott’s best friend and wing man Luis, who is so detail oriented that it is hard for him to get to the actual point (those scenes were particularly funny), and T.I. surprises as Scott’s other buddy Dave.

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The IMAX 3D isn’t worth the ticket price so it’s recommended seeing the film in standard 3D. The most important thing is to make sure you stay all the way through the very end credits for a special end credits scene. There is one vital scene at the end of the initial credits and another one at the very end that teases another Marvel film. It’s worth the wait!

The biggest problems with Ant-Man are that the beginning is majorly slow and that the plot is simple yet a bit boring at times. The main issue is for the shrinking suit not to fall into the wrong hands, but when it’s about to, there’s no sense of urgency or care that sh*t is about to hit the fan. Ant-Man might bode well better as part of a team versus having his own film.

Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly make this strange superhero story rise to Marvel standards, even if at times it’s just mediocre. Ant-Man is a fun story that will most likely draw some new fans that had never heard of the superhero, but will leave others scratching their heads. 

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