Sound Off: Peyton Reed's 'Ant-Man' Movie - So What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
July 17, 2015
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Heroes don't come any bigger. Time to meet Ant-Man. The new Marvel movie is playing in theaters! Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed, starring Paul Rudd & Michael Douglas, is now playing in theaters everywhere. Another new origin story from Marvel, this time introducing us to Scott Lang as Ant-Man, a superhero who can shrink in size and communicate with ants. He ends up going against Corey Stoll as the villain Yellowjacket. The cast includes Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Bobby Cannavale and Judy Greer. So how is it? Did Marvel make another hit or dud? How is Rudd? Once you've seen it yourself, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Marvel's Ant-Man.
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To fuel the fire (now that I've caught up and seen the film): I enjoyed Ant-Man, but found it very tame, very safe. Nothing spectacular, nothing out of the ordinary, just another typical Marvel movie. Paul Rudd was one of the best parts, his dead pan humor worked for the character and he seemed to be having fun. The villain, on the other hand, was considerably weak and really had no character development or arc (though Corey Stoll was okay in the role). Which is the usual for Marvel, all the villains are fairly weak and never amount to much except "I am evil!" That means it's enjoyable to watch Ant-Man rise to the responsibility of a superhero, but his foe wasn't much of a match. His foe is pretty much the weakest link in it, unfortunately.
There are some very interesting moments, and the action is the best part about the movie. I was impressed by their creative use of the shrinking mechanism, and the way they really went all out with wrangling ants and the power that comes with this device. The "sub-atomic" aspect was really fascinating, though the final sequence where he goes that far reminded me of Interstellar more than anything. He even needed the fifth dimension of love to find his way back to his daughter! Sub-atomic, black hole, they're all the same, I guess. I'm also conflicted on all the teases in this movie, from the Wasp storyline to Hank Pym's past, all of it being setup for future movies. Is it all just more teasing? Or is Marvel getting better at interconnected characters?
What did you think of Peyton Reed's Ant-Man? Another great Marvel movie or total disaster?
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