Friday, August 14, 2015

Movie Review: Ant-Man

directed by Peyton Reed
starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena, etc.

This movie had the sad misfortune of me seeing it right around the time I was getting a wisdom tooth removed. Because of that I was in no mood to write a review for it, despite the movie itself being so fantastic. So, it's been a while and I may not remember every tiny detail about the movie but I'll try to talk about as much as I do remember.

First off, Paul Rudd is great. People I know who like one Paul Rudd movie, generally like all of his other movies too. My own first Paul Rudd movie was Clueless. A classic. Paul Rudd plays Ant-Man in this movie. Not the original Ant-man, Dr. Hank Pym, who's played by Michael Douglas. Hank Pym's glasses were really sweet looking. I could not stop staring at them from time to time.

Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang, a man who was sent to prison after getting caught burglarizing some famous corporation. He's released at the beginning of the movie, and I love how he tries to make an honest living for himself in order to spend time with his daughter. He gets a job at Baskin Robbins, but it doesn't work out for him once the manager finds out he has a prison record (which he obviously withheld information on).

Scott's friend hears about a robbery gig that seems too good to pass up and tries to convince Scott to go for it. It's only after Scott gets fired from Baskin Robbins, his ex-wife tells him he can't see his daughter, and until he's at least caught up on child support and living in his own place, that he agrees to the job. Little does he realize that the whole thing is a set-up. The intended target is a basement vault belonging to Hank Pym. Hank wants Scott to help him steal the "Yellow Jacket" suit which mimics Hank Pym's work with his Ant-man suit and "Pym Particles".

So that sets up pretty much all of the action in the movie. Scott's training sequence in the beginning was a little cliche but it was necessary for the plot. The funniest moment was when he was trying to familiarize himself with the different ants so that he could work with them and he kept bursting out of the ground because he was scared of them. All of the scenes with the different ants were pretty cool. Another favorite moment of mine was when Scott visits his daughter's birthday party and gives her the very ugly doll present. It was such an ugly doll but it was such a sweet moment because the little girl loved it so much.

Scott's friend, Luis, was so funny in the way that he couldn't tell a simple, straight-forward story. The reason why I liked this movie so much was because it had a good balance of humor, warmth from the family/friend connections, and action. The giant Thomas the Tank Engine and ant was shocking and hilarious. It wasn't clearly resolved what happens to those two (at least I don't remember) but I'm sure some government agency cleared it up... probably... The story didn't need a romance angle what with everything else going on, but the short bit of romance at the end was cute, especially since it was short like a side-note and wasn't a focal point in the plot.

Overall this was a great movie. So funny and fun to watch. I liked it SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much more than Avengers: Age of Ultron. I'd give Ant-man 4.5 out of 5 stars.

-O. Pelaez

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