Ant-Man is the next movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the first time a founding member of The Avengers has been brought to the big screen.
Paul Rudd was an unlikely choice to play the lead character in a Marvel movie since he is known for so many comedies and dramas, but surprisingly he takes the role of a superhero with his typical comedic style.
Ant-Man Proves Size Doesn’t Matter
Rudd plays Scott Lang, an ex-con whose release leaves him focused on the only thing that matters in his life. His daughter. Determined not to ever go back behind bars again, dire circumstance leave him with few choices and lands him right into Dr. Hank Pym’s hands.
Dr. Hank Pym is played expertly by Michael Douglas. We were honestly surprised how large Douglas’ role was in the movie due to his recent health, but those issues never discounted the power house of a movie star he is.
“Everyone deserves a shot at redemption.”
Some superheroes are born and some must be trained. Dr. Pym believes Scott Lang has something extra special about him and wants to give him power over ants but it is Hope van Dyne, played by Evangeline Lilly, who really possesses the power. She wants to be the one to wear the suit and fights over it with Dr. Pym.
As with any Marvel movie, only a true Marvel fan stays until the very end. There are two bonus scenes, with the second one at the very end of all the credits. They are so worth staying for.
Our media screening was in 3D IMAX and with all the ants and action in the movie the 3D effects really enhanced the depth and beauty of the movie. If you have a choice, IMAX is recommended for this movie.
Parental Advisory for Ant-Man: SPOILER ALERT
Should children see Ant-Man is a common question we get for movies. If your child has already seen Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, or Guardians of the Galaxy then this movie fits right in for the action, violence, language, and nudity. With that said, there are a few new words your child might pick up such as asshat.
There is less violence and more drama than other Marvel movies so the pace of it feels a little bit slower when compared with Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy since there is just one superhero.
Hope finally learns the truth about her mother’s death. Her father, Hank Pym, always told her it was an airplane crash but she learns the true identity of her mother is Wasp, who died a hero trying to save the world while diffusing a bomb.
There is a scene in a child’s bedroom where Yellowjacket comes in and traps the child, leading to a huge battle where the child’s room is destroyed along with toys. These scenes can be very scary to younger children especially since the mother, played by Judy Greer, is outside with police and they cannot come in.
Watch the video below to see my son’s thoughts about Ant-Man.
If you are a fan of bugs, then you will love the movie; however, if ants creep you out then you definitely will be uncomfortable.
Ant-Man will return. We don’t know when or where but after seeing the end credits, our prediction is he joins The Avengers. SPOILER: In the final scene you see Will Rogers, the Winter Soldier, and Falcon. Only briefly but enough to know that Tony Stark is completely in the dark about Captain America’s project.
[quote]The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.[/quote]
Ant-Man is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and language.
- Release Date: July 17, 2015
- Available: 2D, 3D, and 3D IMAX
- Rating: PG-13
- Running Time: 117 min.
- Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym
- Director: Peyton Reed
- Producer: Kevin Feige, p.g.a.
- Executive Producers: Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Stan Lee, Edgar Wright
- Story by: Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish
- Screenplay by: Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd
Images courtesy Walt Disney Studios. Used with permission.