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Ant-Man



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Directed by: Peyton Reed
Written by: Edgar Wright
Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll, Kevin Weisman, Bobby Cannavale
Studio: Marvel Studios
Genre: Action, Science-Fiction
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Plot: Scott Lang is recruited to become the smallest Avenger

Review:

Ant-Man may have been Marvel's hardest sell. For people unfamiliar with comic lore a man who shrinks to the size of an ant and can control ants is a pretty fucking ridiculous premise. I don't know, it's for sure between this and Guardians as to which would actually be harder to sell. Guardians may win just because of so fewer people being familiar with the comics but Ant-Man has to be a close second. Guardians certainly was more successful but Ant-Man is still one of my favorites in the MCU.

What do I like about Ant-Man so much? It had a troubled production. Edgar Wright left the project to the dreaded creative difference excuse. It has the typical Marvel villain problem and it kind of seemed like Marvel was oddly willing to let Phase 2 end on rather small note. I say exactly what I like: it was done the exact way it needed to be done. There's a little bit of tongue and cheek with some self-deprecating humor. However, the movie never becomes a parody. There is an admittance of the inherent ridiculousness. Hey, but aren't all superhero movies a little ridiculous. The heist movie aspect of the movie is perfect. I can't tell you how many times I've watched a heist movie and said all of this would be easier if they just had a tiny dude.

Another reason why this movie works is the cast. That Paul Rudd is one charming son of a bitch and who would have thought that goofy bastard from Anchorman would so adapt at action. He's perfect as Scott Lang. The rest of the cast here is excellent and they look like their having a blast. Michael Douglas is the ideal older Hank Pym, continuing his tradition of playing damaged heroes. Evangeline Lilly does excellent work as the ball-busting, focused Hope. Michael Pena is hilarious, he has two especially great bits involving his story telling.

Corey Stoll does good work with what he is given to play the unhinged Darren Cross. There's nothing particularly wrong with his performance, he just doesn't get a lot of screen time as the movies villain. A problem that is quite persistent in Marvel movies.

The action of the film is a blast. I love the switching perspectives from when Scott changes size at it is needed. The visuals of the ants is also pretty cool, it does look like Scott is running with an army of ants.

It was disappointing for me when Edgar Wright left the project. I am huge fan of, well, every thing he has done. He would have brought a unique voice to the MCU. When this movie came out it kind of seemed like people were hellbent on it's failure but I think Peyton Reed did a great job. The presence of Edgar Wright is still felt, with the screenwriting credit Marvel preserved for him it will never be known what was changed from his original vision and what was maintained.

The movie is relatively small, compared to the MCU movies that came before. It is smaller scale, it doesn't have end of the world stakes. Which actually ends up making the stakes feel a lot more personal in the end. It does fall into some of the same origin story traps most every origin story, including a finale that does feel a little rushed. It may necessarily add anything groundbreaking to the MCU but I still have a blast with it.

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