Ant-Man was supposed to be made over 8 years ago. Edgar Wright had a screenplay written and ready and it finally came go time. And then uh oh, Edgar Write no longer fits in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So in comes Peyton Reed. Can this comedy director do the MCU justice? With a character that no one knows, or cares about? A character who arguably is dumber then Aquaman? Well let me tell you what, Ant-Man does not disappoint! Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lily, and Corey Stoll, it is an action packed, fun filled, heist film!
Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) has spent his life trying to protect the secret of the Ant-Man. But when his protégé Darren Cross (Stoll) finds the secret to his technology, Pym must find a way to stop him from certain doom. To do so, Pym recruits career cat burglar Scott Lang (Rudd) to help him and his daughter (Lily) break in and steal back his technology.
This movie is sooo much fun. It was easily my most anticipated of the year. Not for any other reason than it was the most different. It had that Guardians of the Galaxy feel to it! It’s not a sequel, it is new, and it was interesting. It was the newest property from Marvel, and with its history of Edgar Wright leaving the property, it had the biggest possibility of failing. However, I do not think it will be a failure. This is a true heist film. It’s almost Honey, I Shrunk the Kids meet Ocean 11. Everyone was well cast, the story was fun, and the action is on par with the Marvel films. There are many tie ins and Easter eggs that link to the rest of the films, and the ever growing universe. They aren’t thrown in there just to be there either, they actually fit well.
One of the positives is obviously Michael Douglas. He is amazing as Hank Pym. I really want a Hank Pym prequel! Starring Michael Douglas! Paul Rudd kind of tones down his Paul Ruddyness, and is fun to watch, and believable as badass superhero. Evangeline Lily has really set herself up to be a great action starlet. Between her work on The Hobbit films, and her incredible job here, she is really going to be a big part going into the rest of the Marvel Universe. I loved the side cast too. Michael Pena and TI are great! Awesome comic relief.
Ant-Man does a great job of being an origin story, without being an origin story. While being an origin for Scott Lang, it’s not an Ant-Man origin. And that is a great plus to the film. As well the story itself is fun and a different take on Marvel films. After The Avengers Age of Ultron, they do a good job at scaling down the films stakes. It’s not world defeating, while still having grave stakes!
But no film is perfect, and this one has a few problems. While Corey Stoll is an incredible actor and great at his roll, the roll is not great. He is kind of one the things that Marvel does do bad, and that’s make a weak villain. He is scary, and ominous, but he’s just a bad guy, to be a bad guy. There is no real reason for it, other than “You never gave me your secret so I’m bad!” Which I noticed very early on. Also as cool as the ants are, especially ANTony, they kind of took me out of the film when they were on screen. I didn’t really like the CGI of them. It felt very cartoony, not what they did, just the look of them.
So folks that is Ant-Man. I’ll let you know, there are 2 post credit scenes, so stay till the end. Falcons cameo scene is incredible, and a lot of fun. Basically, Ant-Man is just as exciting and awesome that I had expected it to be! I’m giving it a score of 3.7, with a full .5 bonus for the SECOND post credit scene, because it was so epic! That gives it a Jeebus Score of 4.2! SO much fun! But how about you Jackass Nation? What did you think about Ant-Man? Have you seen it? Are you looking forward to it? Let me here your thoughts in the comments below! And as always, keep on nerding!
The Jeebus Score explained
The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.