I’ve been aware f Ant-Man for a long time and while occasionally in the comics he’s involved in an interesting story line the idea of giving him a solo movie baffled me. Then I saw a trailer and read a little background and I was curious. I saw a second trailer and was intrigued. So I went opening weekend. I’m glad I did as I think the movie was really well done.
I will endeavor to do a spoiler free bit on my thoughts of the movie.
Scott Lange is a ex-con, the film shows him get out of prison. He wants to go straight so he can spend time with his daughter. His crime was really him throwing the bird to corporate America, so he’s not a bad guy. Meanwhile we learn that Hank Pym’s company is being run by a douche in a suit who along with Pym’s daughter Hope leveraged Hank out. Hank gets wind of some technology about to be perfected and sold and needs to stop it. Enter Scott Lange and the Ant-Man suit. We have some fun watching him train, we get to like the characters and then we have the big finish with a fight between Ant-Man and another similar character called Yellow Jacket. Heroes win, future things hinted at. All in all lots of fun.
Paul Rudd was terrific, he made the Scott Lange side of the character quite human and likable and the Ant-Man side believable as a hero. I love Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. The flash backs of Hank as Ant-Man were really cool and made me happy in a very comic book nerd way. You’ll know what I mean when you see it. There is also a fun fight seen with The Falcon. They did a very nice job of proving that a guy who can shrink can do a lot more than just get small.
Post credits we got two scenes. One hint at the next time we’ll see Ant-Man and the other leads itno the next Captain America.
Was this my favorite of the Marvel movies, no, but it is another damn fine movie and a great addition to what will end up being quite a wonderful movie marathon at some point. I’m looking forward to more Ant-Man and to watching this one again a few more times.