Ant-Man - Review
Ant-Man is the Iron Man 1 of 2015. It perfectly balances comedy, origin, and the flashy superhero action we expect from Marvel movies. It may have its shortcomings, but it's still an amazing origin story of one of Marvel's weirdest heroes.
Ant-Man is, without a doubt, one of Marvel's weirdest characters. When it was announced that Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End) would be directing this movie, most people who were skeptical on the film became extremely curious about how it would turn out. Unfortunately, Edgar Wright left the project midway through, leaving the majority of the film to Peyton Reed (Yes Man, The Breakup). Fortunately, the movie is still absolutely hilarious, and it's very clear where Edgar Wright left his visionary mark on the film.
By far the greatest thing about Ant-Man is its absolutely spot-on casting. Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym are a perfect duo, with each playing off each other's strengths. Michael Peña almost steals the show as Rudd's criminal accomplice Luis, but everyone else is so good he fits right into the mix.
A few days after Ant-Man released, Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin released this statement. "Also, while Yellowjacket makes a decent villain here (in the comics, of course, he was actually one of Hank's later identities, after Giant-Man and Goliath), I am tired of this Marvel movie trope where the bad guy has the same powers as the hero. The Hulk fought the Abomination, who is just a bad Hulk. Spider-Man fights Venom, who is just a bad Spider-Man. Iron Man fights Ironmonger, a bad Iron Man. Yawn. I want more films where the hero and the villain have wildly different powers. That makes the action much more interesting)." I agree with this statement completely. This is Ant-Man's largest flaw, because this movie had the perfect opportunity to be different than most Marvel movies. Hopefully this trend is one that dissolves quickly.
Ant-Man is certainly one of the best movies Marvel has ever made. Its perfect casting and writing left me dying of laughter, and it's special effects left me in awe. I can't wait to see what's next for Ant-Man, and that is a success in my book.
Pros - Casting, writing, effects, Michael Peña
Cons - boring villain