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Review: Ant-Man, 2015


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Director: Peyton Reed
Writers: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll

Ant-Man is one of the few MCU films I didn’t see in the theater; in fact, until today, it was the only film in the MCU I hadn’t seen yet. This film fell off my radar when it was released—my son was three and a half years old and my daughter was just over a year old; so it was a time in my life where I wasn’t seeing many movies. I also wasn’t a huge fan of going to the movies myself at the time—something I’m better at with the advent of MoviePass, but still struggle with. I had conceded to wait until it came out on Blu-ray to watch; though that day never came.

With its sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, releasing TODAY, I thought it was best to watch the first one now. Not only do I want to see the sequel tonight, I’ve been a fan of Paul Rudd since the Clueless days and it has been sitting on my shelf, unopened, for too long.

While I had never seen Ant-Man prior to today, I was familiar with the character from Captain America: Civil War. As much as I loved the character in Cap’s threequel, I now understand what I was truly missing out on. The Ant-Man in Civil War is mainly humor with very little, if any, heart on display. The Ant-Man in his solo movie, while very humorous, is equal parts, if not more, heart.

Ant-Man doesn’t seem to suffer from other superhero movies suffer from—sameness. Don’t get me wrong, I genuinely like every movie in the MCU library, but some do start to feel the same. The movies that can set themselves apart seem to resonate the most with me. Captain America: The Winter Solider tends to be the bar for me—a classic spy thriller with a superhero skin. If I’m being honest, Ant-Man almost rivals The Winter Solider.

I love the heist movie aspect to Ant-Man. It reminds of The Winter Solider in the sense that this could be altered ever so slightly and work as a film outside of the superhero genre. Nearly every character has a complete arc—save for the villain. If I have a complaint, it’s that the villain isn’t that great; which isn’t completely abnormal for an MCU film.

If you haven’t watched Ant-Man yet, do yourself a favor and watch it this weekend. The make plans to watch the sequel; I have a feeling it’s going to be another run adventure.

Ant-Man is available on DVD and Blu-Ray. Ant-Man and the Wasp is now available in theaters.

Score: ★★★★☆

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