The ants go marching one by one, the little one punched a guy with a gun.This superhero can shrink down to the size of an ant with the power of his high-tech shrink suit. I know, not one of the best powers as far as superheroes go. He’s not one of Marvel’s coolest characters either but the movie it’s been adapted to takes a few interesting turns here and there with this character. He is also one of the original Avengers, lets not forget that.
Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang, an ex-criminal mastermind who tries to start his life over after a three-year prison sentence. Struggling with leaving his old habits behind, he is then recruited by the brilliant scientist Hank Pym, formerly known as Ant-Man. He offers Scott the opportunity to use his old shrink suit, become the new Ant-Man, and win back Dr. Pym’s miniaturization research, stolen by his ex-partner, Darren Cross.
When I heard they were casting Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, my first thoughts were: “That has to get some laughs. The story might be boring and the characters might be nothing special, but Paul Rudd as an Avenger has to be funny.” Sure enough, he does get some laughs, but for the most part plays less of a goofball in a Judd Apatow comedy, and more of a typical Marvel hero. He does some heroic things and goes through the eye-opening self-transformation; typical Marvel formula, but the rest of the movie was actually better than I had expected. Michael Douglas plays Hank Pym in a real smart, leading-man sense. He’s the type of mentor who’s also a bit of a smartass. Same with Evangeline Lily. She’s a mentor with a more dry sense of humor. Corey Stoll is a funny and intimidating Lex Luthor-esque villain. (I still can’t believe they cast Jesse Eisenberg and not him. He would’ve been perfect.)
The effects are really nice considering it’s Peyton Reed’s first action movie. It’s both cool and silly seeing the world through a bug’s point of view. At times it’s like seeing a higher budget version of “Honey I Shrunk the Kids,” but it’s kind of expected for these movies to be a little cool and silly. Don’t forget, this is a movie about a superhero who can shrink and talk to ants, from the same director of “Bring It On.” It could’ve turned out a lot loonier.
The movie takes what little it has from the source material (again, not one of Marvel’s most exciting characters) and uses the best of it. I like how they had two Ant-Men as opposed to just one. I like how they used that to do the whole “hero in training” story with it. It also serves as a “good bad guy gone to good guy” plotline for Scott. I like how the suit is now more like the Iron Man suit and gives you super strength. As far as silly superhero costumes go, the Ant-Man suit looks pretty cool.
I’m really impressed with what Marvel has done with these movies. If you think about it, add Ant-Man and Wasp and you pretty much have all the Avengers. Now, when will he reverse the effects and become Giant Man? Would they look cool next to the other Avengers? Will they play huge roles in Captain America: Civil War? I ask this question every year: What lies ahead for these characters?