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Plot- Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man 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.
Review- Crack open the champagne, sacrifice a goat to Ra and rejoice mortals! For Marvel has finally created a decent villain! True, I’m not sure how much of that was down to the acting ability of Corey Stoll, but even so, Marvels (to me) biggest flaw in their films has always been their rubbish villains. Hopefully this will be the start of something evil.
As for the rest of the film? I really like it. In fact, I would say its a better film than Avengers: Age of Ultron which, I realize might be a controversial opinion but it’s one I intend to stick to.
I’m not saying it’s perfect. Not by a long shot. It feels horrifically unbalanced, with almost all of the action in the final act, and in the first 45 minutes I noticed quite a few of the younger cinema goers getting fidgety in their seats, but once it got going, for better or worse, the film barely paused for breath.
The good news continues on with the rest of the cast as well. With legendary actor Michael Douglas turning in a masterful performance as Hank Pym, who plays a mentor to Pauls Rudds main character Scott Lang. Evangaline Lily does feel slightly wasted as Hanks daughter Hope, but i’m certain the inevitable sequels will do more to flesh out her character. As I’ve said, Corey Stoll plays his villainous role well enough to create the first halfway decent villain in the Marvel Universe.
Ant-Man is also backed up by a group of (suspiciously) ethnically diverse, one line spewing completely interchangeable helpers whose names escape me. Whilst they were funny, they really didn’t seem to have any reason to exist.
Also, unlike some other films this year that cost 150 million dollars, that action scenes here are funny, inventive and memorable. With CGI used to great effect, in fact one effect towards the end had me belly laughing. Not chuckling, not smirking- actual full on belly laughing. The ants are really well realized as is the world when Ant-Man shrinks down.
Sadly though, this film suffers massively from “What else you got” syndrome where most of the impressive moments were put in the trailer. Although that is sadly to be expected in this day and age, I do find it slightly annoying.
In the end though, plot is basically Marvels take on Oceans 11 and mostly pulls it off. As I say, the first half drags slightly and you saw a lot of the best moments in the trailer. But the cast interact well, the plot works, the one liners were actually funny and the special effects were amazing.
My Score- See It
Oh, and there are 2 end credit scenes.