Spoiler-Free Marvel Ant-Man Review

I have been waiting months to see Ant-Man, ever since I visited the Ant-Man set last fall watched a live taping and met with cast and crew. Finally I was invited to the local screening, and it was time to see the movie. Did it live up to my expectations? YES, and then some. My Ant-Man review — Ant-Man is a great addition to the Marvel universe with humor, a reluctant hero and a fun heist story. 

Marvel Ant-Man Movie Poster

Ant-Man Review

As I laughed out loud while watching the movie and often thought back to what director Peyton Reed said when I met him last fall, “We’ve never forgotten that we are doing a movie about a guy who shrinks down to the size of an ant, which is potentially the silliest Marvel hero. But one of the things that we all love is that the movie is gonna surprise people.” And I think he is absolutely right. 

Ant-Man is a unique Marvel movie because not only is Ant-Man one of the lesser known Avengers, but his super power isn’t inherent, it is a suit (and an ear piece) that he puts on to become the Ant-Man. Sure Iron Man has a suit too, but Tony Stark is a bad-ass genius too. Scott Lange (Paul Rudd) is a crook, who wants to be something more. (Interestingly the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym (Michael Douglass) is a genius making him more Stark-like.)

Marvel Ant-Man Costume
But here’s the thing about being an unknown Marvel story, 18 months ago most of us had not heard of Guardians of the Galaxy, and we all saw how that turned out for Marvel. If my Ant-Man review is correct, Ant-Man will have a similar effect on audiences. 

You don’t have to know anything about Marvel stories to enjoy Ant-Man. Because he is such a little-known character. You can walk into the movie without any back story, which is great for those with little Marvel knowledge who just want to watch a great action movie. But for those with a love for Marvel, the tie ins to other Marvel stories is fantastic — and quite often hilarious. 

Ant-Man Review

About Marvel Ant-Man

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Paul Rudd is a lovable Marvel hero who starts off as a total screw up. He’s not a bad guy and he wants to be a great dad, he just needs a purpose. And Dr. Hank Pym delivers that purpose when he chooses him as the next Ant-Man. And it is the relationship struggles throughout the movie that make it relatable to everyone. 

Every Marvel movie has its own tone, and Ant-Man is defiantly a heist movie. With multiple moving parts, the crew must work together to pull off the biggest score to save the world with a leader who is the size of an ant.

See Marvel Ant-Man in theaters July 17, 2015.


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