Ant-Man is not just a superhero movie. It’s a superhero heist movie with a touch of redemption story.
I wasn’t sure what to expect at the screening of “Ant-Man.” Much like last year’s Marvel hit “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Ant-Man,” although not completely obscure, is a character whose fan base is not what you would consider impressive. Which surprises me, since Ant-Man is one of the founding members of The Avengers. Well, be prepared for all that to change. Because like Guardians, “Ant-Man” looks to be another surprise hit.
A movie that is one part “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and one part “The Italian Job,” “Ant-Man” has something for the entire family.
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.
Centered around Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) an ex cat burglar that reverts back to his old ways to secure visits with his daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson). When Scott Lang steals the Ant-Man suit from the home of Dr. Hank Pym he gets more than he bargains for, and begins his journey to redemption in the most unusual manner. By helping Dr. Pym attempt to steal the Yellowjacket technology, a variation of the Ant-Man technology, from his protege Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) who is now looking to weaponize it.
Though not an Avenger, Ant-Man is not short in the teammate category. Along with his former cell mate Luis (Michael Pena), his two friends Kurt (David Dastmalchian) Dave (Tip “T.I.” Harris) and Dr. Pym’s daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) they form a ragtag heist crew that is both comical and surprisingly proficient. Michael Pena steals every scene he is in which is no small task considering that Paul Rudd is a delight on (and off) screen.
“Ant-Man” not only packs enough action to rival any of the other previously released Marvel superhero movies, it also has a lot of heart.
As a parent, I could relate Scott Lang’s desire to do anything in his power to be with his child. And it’s this dynamic that makes this movie so endearing. Ant-Man is a hero for the everyman.
Not a God, Super Soldier, or Billionaire Playboy, Ant-Man, is just a Bro. And being a Bro is what makes Ant-Man relatable to everyone who watches.
Having circumstance thrust him into acts of heroism for the sole purpose of saving the world, while ultimately doing it for his child is something I’m sure every parent watching can understand. Everyone leaving the theater will leave with smiles on their faces. No more will Ant-Man be seen as the little guy on the Marvel block. This movie will push him into the forefront, and everyone will see his importance in The Marvel Universe.
Ant-Man is now playing in theaters everywhere.
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Written by Joseph Fontanez aka Atypical Dad who attended an advance screening of Ant-Man.