When we think of Ant Man we typically think of a character called Dr.Hank Pym but this film takes us in a different direction by choosing a man named Scott Lang (Played by Paul Rudd). In some films this would mean the original character getting removed from the story, but not this film, In this film Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) becomes a mentor to our newest hero. Ant-Man is a film that fits nicely into Marvel’s cinematic universe without feeling dominated by it. It has some nice references and even some small cameos that really make it part of the family.
Speaking of family, the main aim of the plot is for Scott to redeem himself in the eyes of his daughter by preventing Pym’s protégé Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) from uncovering the secret of the Ant-Man. With a lot of superhero stories there is this theme of redemption and Ant-Man is a film that does it well, it also features the usual training and montages that turn the main character from an everyday good guy to a fully fledged hero. There is also a good amount of humour in this film, although maybe not quite as much as say The Avengers of Guardians of the Galaxy.
One of the few downsides to this film is that there isn’t much of a female presence and while Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) is important to the story, I feel that she could have been a bit better utilised. However I did think that her performance was very good and if the after credits scene is anything to go by I am sure we will be seeing a lot more of her in the future. The other main downside to this film and frankly a fair few of Marvel films is a weak villain and while Corey Stoll puts in a good performance the problems of Marvel’s villains continue.
However there was certainly a lot of positives that come out of a hero that can shrink in size but increase in strength, the fight scenes in particular were brilliantly crafted and were just incredible to watch. The fight scene that appears in the trailer is a particular favourite of mine as it was clearly done and maintain a good balance between action, comedy and drama. The heist portion of this film was also rather interesting to watch and while Stan Lee cameos are nothing new in films such as these, I thought that the one in this film was particularly well done.
I didn’t know a whole lot about the hero known as Ant-Man before watching this film but if you are a fan of Marvels cinematic universe or if you just want to see a good film then I would highly recommend going to see this film. And remember to stick around after the credits as there is not one but two scenes to look out for.