In Review: Ant Man

In regards to the films story. It is very much the origin story of Scott Lang's Ant Man and as such we do not get to see him become Ant Man until at least the half hour stage of the movie

Synopsis: Forced out of his own company by former protégé Darren Cross, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) recruits the talents of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a master thief just released from prison. Lang becomes Ant-Man, trained by Pym and armed with a suit that allows him to shrink in size, possess superhuman strength and control an army of ants. The miniature hero must use his new skills to prevent Cross, also known as Yellowjacket, from perfecting the same technology and using it as a weapon for evil.

Review: Earlier today I went to the cinema to check out ‘Ant Man’, much like ‘Iron Man’ before it. ‘Ant Man’ is a character from the Marvel Universe that is not know of all that well by none comic book readers and all I really knew about him was that he was one of the original Avengers. So I was sailing pretty blind on this one.

It didn’t take very long for me to be won over by Paul Rudd in the role of Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Evangeline Lilly also did pretty well to win me over in her role as Hank Pym’s daughter Hope van Dyne and Michael Douglas slotted into the story really well as original Ant Man Hank Pym.

We even had a pretty solid villain in Darren Cross who was played by Corey Stoll, but it was Scott Lang’s gang of petty crooks led by Luis (Michael Peña) who seemed to get the best audience reaction and got a lot of laughs.

Marvel's Ant-Man..Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)..Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal..? Marvel 2014In regards to the films story. It is very much the origin story of Scott Lang’s Ant Man and as such we do not get to see him become Ant Man until at least the half hour stage of the movie, but in that half hour wait the writing and performances were so good that you really connected and emphasized with Scott’s attempts at going straight and trying to be a hero for his young daughter.

That said though. It is the point where Scott becomes Ant Man that the movie really picks up pace and the training sequences where Hank Pym and his daughter Hope teach Scott how to use the suit and also how to communicate with Ants that beefed out much of the movie and didn’t really give Corey Stoll’s villain to much to do until the climatic fight scenes, which also provided a few laughs as Ant Man and Yellow Jacket had at it using the train carriages from a Thomas The Tank Engine train set as their weapons. The part when Thomas The Tank becomes life size thanks to a badly aimed bomb from Ant Man had the audience wetting themselves with laughter.

The film also works well as a redemption story for Scott Lang and a second chance for Hank Pym to connect with his daughter. So there is much more depth to it than just a summer action movie and you really do find yourself caring for these characters by the end of the movie.

The special effects on the film are fantastic and the sequences with Ant Man and the ants are really cool to watch.

While not as big of a hit for me than the recent Avengers movie. I really enjoyed this movie and hope that we get to see more Ant Man films in the future.

9.8
Ant Man
  • Lots of fun moments & Great special effects
  • Corey Stoll's villain didn't really have much to do.
  • Story
    9.5
  • Acting
    10
  • Action And FX
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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