Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ant-Man - A typical Marvel superhero movie but...

A guy who thinks he knows everything but his wife along with their daughter has left him for a better man who happens to be a cop. The guy who calls himself a cat burglar but gets caught by the police for stealing and when he's out of prison he doesn't have a job, or a home, almost no money and stays at his friend's apartment suddenly happens to find a (superhero) suit as he's the chosen one to save the world.
This film has lots of references to other films. Some of the dialogues seem unoriginal and at time boring. But what's good about Ant-Man is Paul Rudd's and Michael Douglas' acting. (Don't remember the last film I saw which had Paul Rudd in it but this one might just be the one which gives him more films.) Michael Peña brings in the comedy to this one and is funny.
Peyton Reed has done a good job with this one; especially the two scenes where the characters discuss about the job they got to do. Ant-Man has received a Marvel superhero film treatment but still at times you will feel the lack of it. But this may be the case similar to Captain America: The First Avenger and it can get better in the next one. Or maybe not. We'll have to wait for that.
We know what Marvel is trying to do with the entire portfolio of superhero comics and movies under its umbrella and in the process will hit some lows (this film is not that but given the expectations it will feel like one). At 2 hours, Ant-Man feels like a tiny bit stretched couple of times. But overall, good fun to watch as a standalone superhero movie.
I suggest you watch the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: The Winter Soldier before watching this one.
Also wait till the End and the end End (after the credits are over) to get a sense of what you can expect from the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series.