“ANT-MAN”: Dynamite Comes In Small Packages

Ant-Man_6Release Date: July 17, 2015

Running Time: 1 hour and 57 minutes

Rated PG-13 for Science Fiction Action Violence

Grade: A-

Directed by Peyton Reed

Screenplay by Joe Cornish

This is your chance to earn that look in your daughter’s eyes, to become the hero that she already thinks you are.

Scott Lang is an ex-convict who is trying to get a job so that he can pay child support and visit his young daughter. Unbeknownst to him, Dr. Pym (entomologist/biochemist) is aware of his crime and has been watching him since his release from prison. When Dr. Pym is invited to a meeting at his former company, Pym Technologies, he learns that his protege (Darren Cross) has arranged a meeting with Howard Stark and other investors. Years before when Pym refused to share the ‘Pym Particle’ technology, Cross had him voted off of the board of directors and pursued the nanotechnology for himself. After several trials, Cross finds success and wants to sell the technology for use in combat as the ultimate secret weapon. Afraid of the consequences of Cross’s actions, Pym and his daughter (Hope) offer Scott a second chance to become a hero.

Now this suit has power. You have to learn how to control it and these are your greatest allies.

Ant-Man is a refreshing edition to the Marvel Universe.  I was pleasantly surprised by this film.  The screenplay was well written.  I especially loved the dialogue and subtle references to the Avengers.  While Peyton Reed is known for his comedies, he did an excellent job with his first major foray into science fiction action genre.  The film offers its own small thrills, but includes enough character development that someone like me who has never read an Ant-Man comic can figure out the storyline.  Michael Pena brings the right amount of comedy to offset the dramatic acting of the amazing Michael Douglas.  Paul Rudd does an outstanding job as a newcomer to the superhero realm.  The special effects department was on top of their game.  I can see a new ride on the back of an ant at Disney theme parks in the future along with a run on Ant-Man costumes this fall.  The audience reacted to the film with laughter and applause.   Make sure you stay and watch the mid and end credits. ~A.S. McCleod

The 13th installment and final movie in Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a fantastic edition to the intensely popular franchise. Known for his quirky improvisation, Paul Rudd not only proves that heroes can come from unexpected places, but he also helped develop the final script. Michael Douglas’ rich voice and commanding presence drives the film and Evangeline Lilly’s soulful expressions provide depth to the story. Based on Stan Lee‘s comics, the story was rewritten several times to fit into The Universe and connect the dots across time. The filmmaker’s use of macro photography and motion capture technology results in an exciting adventure to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Ant-Man will steal your heart and entertain your mind. Fly into the theater to see this one! ~Movie Buffette

Starring:

Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym

Paul Rudd as Scott Lang

Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne

Corey Stroll as Darren Cross

Michael Pena as Luis

Tip “T.I.” Harris as Dave

David Dastmalchian as Kurt

Bobby Canavale as Paxton

Judy Greer as Maggie Lang

Abby Ryder Fortson as Cassie Lang

Anthony Mackie as Falcon

About Leigh Ann Rassler

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