“Why would they do such a weak-sauce character?”
“I’m not going to see THAT craptastic movie.”
All sentiments I’ve heard uttered by my fellow fanboys whom, by the way, hadn’t seen the movie yet. Needless to say, Ant-Man has a bit of an uphill battle with comic fans.
The character of Ant-Man has come with a stigma. Mostly due to the character’s (meaning Hank Pym’s) checkered past. So this property comes with a healthy amount of preconceived notions as to what kind of movie it should be.
I’m very happy to say that Ant-Man shattered those preconceived notions.
While those notions are not mine; I will say that I’ve had many conversations, about the Ant-Man movie, with lots of fanboys over the last year and half. What I noticed was that there were two major and distinct camps; One is the Ant-Man is a sucky hero and I’m not seeing this movie and the other I love Edgar Wright and I’m looking forward to his take on Ant-Man. There are plenty more opinions floating around as well, but the two mentioned are the most common.
With this film, written by Edgar Wright, with assists Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, and Paul Rudd and Directed by Peyton Reed. They were able to dispel those preconceived notions of this “lame” hero.
The Ant-Man movie reinvents the hero as an espionage specialist of sorts. Able to sneak into enemy territory, gather information, and even steal items when the need arises.
Edgar Wright, Marvel Studios, and all parties involved did a fantastic job modernizing what was, by and large, considered a dated and dopey hero from the 1960s.
They also built an excellent supporting cast. Every single supporting character in the movie says or does something that made the audience laugh. In a lot of cases; before the laughter even faded, another joke was dropped on us. Making the viewers laugh so hard that they miss the next joke is a benchmark of good comedy. Ant-Man did this in spades.
Despite being Marvel Studios fare; Ant-Man is not really an action movie. The combined elements in Ant-Man, I feel, help to categorize it as an adventure film. And a great adventure film it is. It has humor, it has heart, and it definitely has my money. I will definitely be seeing it again, both in the theater and in home video release.
Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, Bobby Canavale
Director: Peyton Reed
Runtime: 1 hour, 57 minutes
Opens: TODAY in 3D, Real D 3D and IMAX 3D
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