Film Review: Ant-Man (spoiler free)

“This is not some cute tech like the Iron Man suit!”

Admittedly I was skeptical of Marvel’s latest in their ongoing movieverse…for one, I’m not a very big fan of Ant-Man in the comics; I recognize him as a imperative member of the Avengers, but I just never really liked him as a character. That, coupled with the fact this movie has had a tough time in the production end of things, starting initially as an FX test, the brainchild of writer/director Edgar Wright, to Marvel ultimately falling out with Wright altogether and Ant-Man winding up in the hands of lesser known director Peyton Reed. Typically when a film has such a sordid history behind it, it suffers because of it. Gladly, that is not the case here.

Ant-Man is a lot of fun.

Once again, Marvel has made the right choice of film to show directly after one of their more action heavy and weighty spectacles (Avengers: Age of Ultron). Ant-Man is actually one of the most enjoyable of the Phase 2 films and is right up there with Guardians of the Galaxy as far as a good time is concerned. There’s just a lot to enjoy here…the shrinking and sense of scale to everything is really well done. The smallest objects get tossed around with such a sense of weight and danger, only to fall harmlessly like the toys they are. It really keeps things both intense and lighthearted all at once. On a more fascinating technological front, at the beginning of the film, we see a digitally age reduced Michael Douglas and it is really, REALLY believable…that technology sure has come a long way since the waxy looking Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in X-Men 3.

To nitpick a little bit, it seems like it just wouldn’t be a Marvel film at this point without another weak villain and we certainly get that here with Yellowjacket. Just sort of another cliche villain, who you don’t really care about and I would really like to see Marvel give a little more depth to the bad guys with their films.

All in all, Ant-Man is a nice way to wrap up Phase 2, all while dropping numerous hints at what to expect in the upcoming Phase 3 slate of films. There is even mention of a certain “wall-crawler” who we all know will be making his appearance with Captain America: Civil War!

This is a really exciting time to be a Marvel fanboy, unlike other comic book companies trying to make movies (cough, cough DC), Marvel truly understands what makes their characters tick. For me to be able to go see a movie about a character who shrinks and can control ants and for it to be fun and enjoyable is a testament to the mighty Marvel machine and their love for their properties.

As always, make mine Marvel!

-Sock Talk Jon-

*Insignificant Spoiler Alert!!!
When Yellowjacket fires his lasers they are a sound effect from the AT-AT’s from Star Wars. Ya know, part of the privileges of that whole Disney/Lucas/Pixar/Marvel world domination thing.

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