A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing Ant Man with my good friend Jeff (a.k.a. @ReimHelix on Twitter). Ant Man was pretty good. I love the shrinking effects and the humor was top notch. Paul Rudd was great as Scott Lang and Michael Douglas was superb as Hank Pym. Evangeline Lilly was awesome as Hope van Dyne as well. Jeff and I would laugh every time Michael Peña’s character Luis tried to explain what he heard to Scott or Baskin-Robbins always knowing. For some reason, we found the part where goats were being used to demonstrate shrinking something to the size of an ant, funny in a morbid kind of way. If you’re an animal lover, you might get the feels. The action was well done, though not as thrilling as Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it was still excellent in my opinion.
Ant Man begins with Hank Pym deciding that his discovery of a shrinking formula was too dangerous for S.H.I.E.L.D. to use and thus resigned from the organization and buried his research. Some years later, Scott Lang was released from prison and he decided to abandon his thieving ways for the sake of his daughter, Cassie. Scott has a difficult time keeping a job because of his past and Baskin-Robbins for some reason always finds out. Apparently, Baskin-Robbins plays hard ball in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Scott learns from Luis and his friends about a potential vault that may have something valuable in it. Scott was reluctant at first, but decided to do it because he needed the money. It’s later learned that Pym leaked this information on purpose in the hopes of Scott finding the Ant Man suit and stealing it. Scott was successful in stealing the suit and actually puts it on. Once, this happens, Scott’s world shrinks as he activated the suits functions and becomes tiny like an ant. This sequence was really good. Loved, how the visuals effects made it seem like we were shrinking with Scott.
Becoming fearful of the suit and spooked by Pym contacting him, Scott tries to return the suit, only to be arrested. Pym talks with Scott in jail and offers him a choice, work for him or stay in the jail cell. Scott takes the offer and Pym provides the suit to allow Scott to escape his jail cell. Scott was taken back to Pym’s house by ants, but looses conciousness on the way. When he woke up the next day, Scott met Pym’s daughter, Hope, who was not pleased with having Scott around. Pym explained to Scott that he’s been observing the former thief for some time and needed his help for something. When asked what the job was? Pym said, “I want you to break into a place and steal some shit.” Scott was like, “makes sense.” Basically, Pym wants Scott to become Ant-Man because his protégé, Darren Cross, was close to replicating Pym’s secret formula for his own Yellow Jacket suit. So, he wants Scott to break into the lab and steal it. Hope doesn’t approve and wanted to do the mission herself, but Pym thought otherwise. Both Hope and Pym begin to train Scott in the use of the suit and how to communicate with ants. Louis and the rest of Scott’s friends were brought in to help with the endeavour.
The final conflict between Scott and Cross was actually really good and hilarious, especially when they were fighting on top of a Thomas the Tank Engine toy. It was so funny, me and Jeff would crack up. I loved Ant Man for the humor, but I also liked the Father-Daughter aspect of the story. Scott wants to provide for his daughter and Pym wanted to reconnect with his daughter, Hope, who he let down. In fact, one of the best moments in the film occurred when Pym said, “Second chances don’t come around all that often. I suggest you take a really close look at it. This is your chance to earn that look in your daughter’s eyes, to become the hero that she already thinks you are.” This scene was well done because Pym knew the pain of loosing the love and respect of his daughter and he didn’t want that to happen to Scott. To further, illustrate this point, Pym explained that, “It’s not about saving our world. It’s about saving theirs.”
Overall, Ant Man was very fun and moving. I loved the humor, Baskin-Robbins playing hard ball, the shrinking effects, the battle on Thomas the Tank Engine, Scott’s fight with Falcon, Hope teaching Scott how to punch, and Hope becoming the second Wasp (her mother, was Janet van Dyne, the first Wasp). If you love Marvel or comic book movies, this film is for you. I highly recommend going with a friend. I give Ant Man an 8.0 out of 10.