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Ant-Man, created by Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on characters created by Stan Lee: a Film Review

Synopsis:

In 1989 renown scientist Hank Pym resigns his post from S.H.I.E.L.D. after discovering that the organization (led by Howard Stark) was trying to recreate the Pym Particle- technology that can cause things to shrink.  Believing the technology would be dangerous in the wrong hands, Hank vows to hide it from the world.

In present day, Scott Lang is being released from prison.  He was charged with grand larceny but has decided he will no longer be a thief…he wants to be there for his daughter…

His former cellmate turned roommate Luis is putting together a team for a major burglary.  Lang reluctantly joins after losing a job and being chastised by his ex-wife and her new fiancé for not providing child support for his daughter, Cassie.

When Lang breaks into the house and cracks the safe he finds none of the valuables he was promised. No money. No jewels.  The only thing that seems to be in the vault is a old motorcycle suit which he takes home.

As Scott tries on the suit and suddenly shrinks he is contacted by Hank Pym…and told he has just become the latest…Ant-man.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Origin Story, Heist Film

-Creator: created by Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on characters created by Stan Lee

-Length: 117 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (mild violence and gore, mild profanity, mild drug and alcohol use, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pena, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

I forgot how great this movie is.  From the quippy one liners to basically everything that is Luis it has so many high moments in it that make it a hidden gem amongst the MCU films.

But I have to say what really made this film was the CGI.  I know! I know! I’m always the one to shy away from CGI when practical effects are often less expensive and so much more effective over the years.  But this time I feel they were executed well and were necessary.  The number of sets and other little things that would have had to be created to showcase the shrinking and growing in this film would have been astronomical…and while some things could have been faked…I don’t think it would have been as effective in the long run.

And that is the point of Ant-man.  He can grow and shrink as needed to combat his enemies.  and it is this dynamic that made this film so impressive.  From fight scenes where Scott is tiny fighting someone who is normal sized to the moments when he uses the instantaneous flash to grow and shrink on a dime is so fluid and impressive it truly makes the film.

Plus, the fight in the briefcase between Ant-man and Yellowjacket is phenomenal with all the little bits and pieces flying around them.

I’m so glad they introduced the character in the way they did. It is so amazing to see so many different origin type stories done in so many unique and different ways that fit the characters themselves and not just your kind of standard cookie cutter type story.

Just a phenomenal film.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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