Ant Man: A Breath of Fresh Air

I think Ant-Man has been set up to fail since the beginning.  Originally announced as one of the original Marvel movies, alongside Iron Man and Hulk.  Yet here we are.  Closing out Phase Two of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, is finally Ant-Man.  Its marketing screwed it too in my opinion. With so much emphasis on self-deprecating humor, Marvel has made people believe Ant-Man can’t be taken seriously.  When in reality, he’s going to be one of the most important member of the Avengers, and one of the most over powered.

For people who still doubt the movie, please just give it a chance.  Drop those ridiculous notions in your head that Ant-Man is lame because of his name.  With that kind of logic, you could argue Spider-Man is lame or Batman is lame.  So drop that kind of thinking right now before you miss out on, in my opinion, as one of the best Marvel movies so far.

If I could sum up Ant-Man in one word, it’s refreshing.  So refreshing.  After getting movie after movie of Marvel one upping itself in terms of how big they go, Ant-Man took a very, excuse the pun, small approach.  The movie felt very human.  The character of Scott Lang isn’t anything super remarkable, he just wants to be a good father for his daughter.  This is what propels him to take up the suit and prove himself to her.  What impressed me about the film was how it really shrunk down the action.  After seeing Age of Ultron and watching the Avengers explode an entire city, it was nice seeing the climactic fight take place in a briefcase (with the Cure as background music no less) and on a little girls trainset.

Something that surprised me was how good the acting was.  I mean I should have expected it, knowing Marvel’s track record.  They’ve always had the knack of picking out actors perfect for the character, and Paul Rudd is no different.  I’m not going to lie, I was a little hesitant going in.  I love Paul Rudd and I love all his movies, but I didn’t know how that would transfer over to a super hero story.  Thankfully it transferred well.  Paul Rudd excels as the average, every day man just trying to make good of his life.  He’s also perfect for the comedic tone they wanted.  Oh yeah, Ant-Man is definitely the funniest Marvel movie.

Anyone else who’s been paying attention to the MCU know that the movies have continually been injected with a smattering of comedy, which sometimes ends up hurting the film.  Age of Ultron is guilty for this.  I think by embracing it, Marvel has created something one of a kind.  They started this with Guardians, and perfected it with Ant-Man.  The comedy is actually funny and doesn’t feel forced, and doesn’t hurt the tone of the film.

The story itself works well enough as your typical heist story.  There’s even a nice cameo by Falcon halfway through, which I thought was great as it really connected this movie to the rest of the MCU.  I like when the solo movies feature one character from a different movie.  Doesn’t even have to be a major one.  Just to show that these movies really are connected and take advantage of that.

The sequences where Lang actually uses the suit are super exciting.  It’s really something new in the superhero world, and I loved every second of when he was tiny.  As a comic book fan, the fight sequences where he shrinks and grows as he’s beating the crap out of thugs were a true joy.  Like something straight out of a comic book, it was amazing seeing this hero that I’d never think would get a film.

Something else about when he shrinks down, is how creative they got with it.  The first time Scott uses the suit is particularly thrilling.  And each one after that is just as, if not more exciting.  They really took advantage of the fact that he can get so small and has brought a brand new perspective and power into the MCU.

If I didn’t convince you, then that’s a shame.  If you don’t believe me, just go watch it.  Give it a chance.  Keep an open mind.  I can’t wait to see more of the character in Civil War, and I really hope we get a sequel relatively soon.  Although the next couple years is going to be jam packed with new heroes, heroes that are also a little off the book and weird (ahem, Black Panther and Doctor Strange).  So go see this movie.  It’s a fun ride and I can’t wait for more.

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