Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Starz Movie Review: Ant-Man (2015)

Ant-Man (2015) - Directed by Peyton Reed; Written by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd; Starring Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Anthony Mackie, Judy Greer, Michael Pena, John Slattery, Martin Donovan, T.I.

By Kenny Howell

It's hard watching Ant-Man without wondering what could have been.

The property was famously first headed by Edgar Wright, the brilliant director behind Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. But he had creative differences with Marvel, and was replaced by Peyton Reed. Adam McKay did work on the screenplay, but it's just not Edgar Wright.

It turns out not to be a terrible thing. Ant-Man still has Paul Rudd, and Paul Rudd is Paul Rudd. He plays Scott Lang, a petty criminal that has just got out of his latest stint in prison. He wants to go straight and be a good father to his daughter, but his old buddies convince him to break into a famous scientist's house and get in his old safe. He reluctantly agrees, and when he gets into the safe, all he finds is an old weird looking suit. He soon discovers that the suit belongs to Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and learns that the suit can shrink you to the size of an ant at the push of a button. Pym believes Lang is the right person to wear the suit, so he, along with his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly), train Scott to be the new Ant-Man, a title Pym had years before.

Problem is, Hank's protege, Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), has access to a similar technology, and he may not be using it for the nicest of means. Scott must figure out how to stop him of course, because this is a superhero movie.

Ant-Man is one of the jokier comic franchises, and having people like Wright, McKay and Rudd involved do fit that well. However, I am not sure they went far enough. Ant-Man is not Deadpool, that is not necessarily what I mean, but it can be zany and that doesn't really kick in until the film's last act. But like I said, Rudd is Rudd, and he definitely has fun with the role. It turns out to be one of the comic franchises that doesn't take itself too seriously, and that is a good thing.

Ant-Man is now playing on Starz.

Rating: **1/2

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