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Film Review: “Ant Man” by Blade Brown

Plot: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Review: Ant-Man has had a long road to the silver screen. After being in development hell for years, things we’re finally looking up. Set to be written and directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of The Dead, Scott Pilgrimage vs. The World) and starring the great Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd, fan boys where interested to see how this project would turn out. Then we took a gut punch as Edgar Wright dropped out of the directors chair due to “creative differences”. Although the cast was still in place, swapping this visionary director for Peyton Reed (Bring It On, The Break-Up) seemed like a step backwards. Then the rumored rewrites of the movie to help the character fit in the marvel universe, also raised the people’s eyebrows. Fortunately, all the worry was misplaced, as Ant-Man turned out to be a fun experience.

The movie starts with a flashback scene in which a young Dr. Hank Pym (a digitally altered Michael Douglas) chews out Howard Stark for trying to recreate his technology without his consent. You can instantly sense the disdain Pym has for Stark. After quitting his job at Stark Industries, we jump years into the future to see Scott Lang (Paul Rudd ) leaving prison with plans on changing his ways. After things don’t go as planned, he finds himself doing a job that lands him in possession of the Ant-Man suit. One thing leads to another, and he’s eventually mentored by Dr. Pym and trained to use the suit and help foil the plans of Pym’s former protege Darren Cross (The Strain’s Corey Stoll)who has finally figured out how to replicate his technology. Evangeline Lilly plays Pym’s daughter, and the future Wasp, Hope.

Unlike most Marvel movies that have several huge action sequences, this movie is one big build up to its final act. A heist movie with a lot of humor throughout, Ant-Man would’ve been a disaster. Instead, it turned out to be one of the summer’s best surprises and a worthy addition to the MCU. With the character set to appear alongside the avengers in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, it seems we won’t have to wait too long to see him shirk before our eyes again.

But with their film slate pretty full for the next few years, there’s no telling when (or IF) a Ant-Man sequel will actually happen. But this film is pure popcorn fun, and the character’s story definitely deserves to continue. If they make a part 2, I’m all in!

Rating: 8/10

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brandonw • August 13, 2015

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