Ant-Man (2015) Review

Ant-Man (2015)

Directed by Peyton Reed

Story by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish

Based on Ant-Man by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber & Jack Kirby

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas

Plot Synopsis:
Superhero ants.

My Opinion:

I finally saw Ant-Man! It was… okay. Everyone has reviewed it by now so the general vibe I got was that it wasn’t exactly the best superhero movie ever but it was a bit of fun anyway. Yep – that’s pretty much it.

First of all: Paul Rudd. I’ve talked of my love for Paul Rudd here a few times. I’d say he’s definitely the best thing about this and, had it been someone else playing Ant-Man, I’m sure I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. I mean, it’s about a tiny little superhero with an army of ants. It’s weird! The movie could have been a total disaster but I think they just managed to actually pull it off thanks to Rudd more than anything else.

With Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish writing this, I was hoping for a slightly better story (I found Cornish’s Attack The Block to be a pleasant surprise). The story was okay but it was kind of “same old same old”, as with most Marvel movies. I’m getting a tad bored with the superhero thing so I did appreciate that Ant-Man felt a little “different” (although nowhere near as different as Guardians Of The Galaxy, which is probably why that remains my favorite superhero movie of recent times & maybe my favorite ever).

You know what else I’m bored with? Reviewing superhero movies. I’m kind of glad to hear that Fantastic Four sucks so I don’t have to waste my time on that one. What else can I really say about Ant-Man?? If you love the Marvel films, you know you kind of need to see this as they’re all connected. As always, I don’t know a thing about the comics so I can’t compare but I doubt Ant-Man was anyone’s favorite character in the first place so I think Paul Rudd did a good job making such a potentially boring superhero so likeable.

Oh! Being a woman & mother of a young girl, I have to admit that my favorite element of the story involved Rudd’s scenes with his character’s daughter. She was so adorable! Nothing melts women’s hearts more than seeing a daddy protecting his daughter. Also, although you see it coming (which is fine as all Marvel films are pretty predictable), there’s a scene during the big climax at the end that was fantastic & saved the movie a little for me. I didn’t think Ant-Man was at all bad but the final half hour or so did really up my opinion of the movie as a whole.

Summary:

I know I sound a little bored with this movie but it’s just the overall superhero thing that doesn’t excite me so much anymore. They’re fun popcorn movies & I’m sure I’ll watch them all but I’m waiting for another one to surprise me in the way that Guardians Of The Galaxy did. I’d have to say I actually enjoyed Ant-Man more than some of the sequels involving Marvel’s much more famous superheroes (such as Iron Man). In fact, I’d almost say that I enjoyed this one a little more than Avengers: Age Of Ultron, although I think Ultron is a better film. I don’t know… Ant-Man is an enjoyable enough experience. I’m just happy that, of the two, Fantastic Four is the massive failure instead. I do love my Paul Rudd and am glad he did pretty well in this one.

My Rating: 7/10

Is There A Scene After The Credits? Don’t be silly – of course there is! Two, actually – a mid-credits & one after the credits. Fairly worth staying for…

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43 thoughts on “Ant-Man (2015) Review

  1. Great review Miss Mutant!! WOW I had no idea Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright wrote this!!!!! How unreal. It’s made me want to watch it a lot more 😀

    I like Paul Rudd, he’s cool! He doesn’t age either, he still looks like he did in Clueless!! (“tell me that bit about Kenny G again..?”)

    The cute bits with his daughter sound nice 🙂

    • Thanks, Emma! Yeah, Paul Rudd is a bit like me – I don’t age either. 😉 You might like this one! I wouldn’t really say it feels much like the other Edgar Wright or Joe Cornish stuff but it feels a lot different from other Marvel films. And, yeah – Rudd is such a cutie. 🙂

  2. I really liked it. I thought it had a good sense of humor and the grounded and self-contained nature of the movie reminded of Marvel’s early days.

    • Glad to hear from so many others who enjoyed this one – I liked it a lot more than my hubby did. Yeah – it was fun & I like the stand alone films. The Avengers films can be a bit of overload. 🙂

  3. Never a good sign when they change director late on, but seemed a good, though not great film, from what I’ve read from everyone. Is Paul Rudd one of the most likeable guys in Hollywood?

    • Yeah – there were certainly problems & I did worry that the film would be a huge disaster. Glad it turned out okay. And Rudd maybe is the most likeable guy in Hollywood! Although he could be a jerk for all I know… I hope not! 🙂

  4. I honestly didn’t think this film would get off the ground, but Ant-Man was one of the original Avengers in the comics, so I suppose they had to fit him somewhere in the Marvel universe.

    • Yeah – it was an odd one to adapt to screen, I suppose! I wasn’t sure they could pull it off but I think they did okay. It’s not the best superhero film ever but it’s also certainly not the worst. 🙂

  5. Good review. I agree, Rudd makes this movie what is and the smaller stakes regarding saving his daughter was refreshing. I was hesitant to watch this too, but eventually saw it and had lots of fun. Good Attack the Block shout out too. I’m looking forward to Boyega in new Star Wars…. oh and your ho hum blasé review approach was kinda funny actually 😉

    • Lol! Oh, A LOT of my reviews are like that… I’m not much of a writer – I just like to chat about the movies! 😉 Glad to hear from another fan of Attack The Block. And, yes – will be interesting to see how he does in Star Wars. Can’t wait for that!!!!! 🙂

  6. I thought the cutest parts about Ant-Man was the little stampede he was involved in underground as the ant-man. That part was the shit. Go tiny Paul Rudd, go!!

      • Like Polly Pocket, except now it’s Paulie Pocket. 😉 Remember those weird little plastic toys? You’re super girly-girl, right? You had those .. . . . right? 😉

      • Haha! Paulie Pocket! I like that!! 🙂 Me? Super girly-girl?! HA! Don’t think so! Those are still around in the UK. I never had any as I’d not heard of them growing up in the U.S. Maybe they’re just a UK thing?? The kid has some. I do think they’re cute – I’d have liked them as a kid. 🙂

      • I thought they were an American thing but maybe not. Either way, I too am proud of my Paulie Pocket. I want to go into mass production with them and become rich

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  8. I will be checking this out mostly for Paul Rudd because he is awesome, though I am not expecting much. Great review, seems like it’s okay but pretty pointless ultimately.

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