Adriaan Roets
2 minute read
2 Aug 2015
2:00 pm

Ant-Man movie review (trailer)

Adriaan Roets

Back in 2002, Spiderman, played by Tobey Maguire, reclaimed a cinema space for Marvel characters.

FEMALE POWER. Evangeline Lilly stars as Hope van Dyne who is tasked to train Ant-Man before a heist. Pictures: Marvel Studios

It also brought on a surge of many hit-and-miss superhero movies still prevalent today. I approached Ant-Man with skepticism. I don’t know the character and the fact that Ant-Man’s superhero powers come from a suit that turns him into an insect – Marvel already said sayonara to major cash return on their latest franchise, in my opinion. The fact that Paul Rudd stars as the hero also made me furl my brow. He’s a romcom actor and this seems way out of his league, likable as he may be.

As it turns out, Ant-Man is going to be one of the better superhero movies you’ll see all year. In fact, it might be one of the better movies you see all year period.

Not in the sense that it’s artistic or even Oscar-worthy (although the special effects are eye popping). Ant-Man packs a wallop because it’s presenting a humanised superhero – which makes this the most heartfelt action romp yet. Like Spiderman that started the superhero craze, Ant-Man is a defining movie, but this time because it is a thrill ride that stops every so often to almost poke fun at how bizarre the concept is.

The plot, after all, is quite goofy. It revolves around Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) a petty thief that goes on a last crime spree, where he steals the Ant-Man suit. After trying it on, he shrinks to the size of an insect – and returns it. As it turns out, he’s criminal know-how is exactly what the suit’s creator is after, and he trains up the ex-con to use the suit to steal a rival suit (to be used for evil of course). The fun part is the suit gives Lang the ability to communicate with ants and the ant army is used to fight the baddies.

The story is crafted to show human fumbles as Lang tries to put his life together after getting out of prison and hone his new powers. There’s sentiment as he tries to win over his family and campy laughs as he starts talking to ants. This human narrative so easily convinces you the whole plot is plausible, that you can’t help but cheer on Ant-Man from beginning to end.