Marvel Comics’ latest blockbuster hit Ant-Man is unlike the rest of their superhero flicks. The film starts off with Scott Lang (portrayed by Paul Rudd) being released from prison after a 3 year stint. The audience learns that he has a young daughter, Cassie (portrayed by Abby Ryder Fortson) with his ex-wife, Maggie (Judy Greer) who he still deeply cares about and surprisingly has a pretty decent relationship with. Maggie is of course engaged to a cop, Paxton (portrayed by Bobby Canavale) which makes matters difficult for Lang since he’s had quite a few run ins with the law. After Lang gets released from prison he begs Maggie to give him another chance with his daughter. She advises that if he can get a job, an apartment and be able to pay child support she can discuss visitation with Cassie. He vows that he will never go back to breaking and entering and stealing, the exact reason he was put away for years. After he gets a job, and loses it almost instantly, his friends beg him to do a job that consists of stealing from a wealthy, elder man who turns out to be Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). After he breaks into Dr. Pym’s safe and finds what he believes is a motorcycle suit, he steals it anyway and decides to try it on. After the suit is on, he discovers there is more to the suit that he had thought, and begins to understand why someone would hide this away in an almost impossible safe to crack.
Ant-Man is different than the rest of the films because although the story is extremely far fetched with a special suit that has the ability to shrink a human in size but increase their strength, the film is not dark, not graphic and actually fun for the whole family. Some of the Marvel films are so dark and graphic that their PG-13 rating is shocking, whereas Ant-Man should be rated PG since there really isn’t much violence, gore or cursing. The story is also quite unfamiliar to most people. Not many people know who Ant-Man or Scott Lang is, compared to Captain America, a more famous comic book story.
The characters in Ant-Man actually seem like real life people, it ‘s enjoyable to see Scott Lang be not only an average Joe, but a less than average Joe. He can’t even hold a job at Baskin Robins because of his record. He’s not a God like Thor, or a billionaire playboy like Tony Stark, he’s not an army captain with super human strength from the 40’s like Steve Rodgers, and he’s not a science experiment gone wrong like Bruce Banner. There is nothing special about Scott Lang until his body is in his suit, and he turns into Ant-Man. He even makes a few jokes about the Avengers, which makes Lang even more charismatic. Rudd brings so much to his character in that regard. He’s relatable, likable and funny, which is why most people will enjoy this film.
Ant-Man is more of a fun adventure that will have audiences laughing and at some parts at the edge of their seat. No one should walk into this film thinking it will be the next The Dark Knight Rises or The Avengers, or The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for that matter. It’s sci-fi, action packed adventure that children of all ages can enjoy. It’s the perfect film to catch during summer vacation, where audiences can be entertained for 117 minutes and “marvel” at the idea of a man shrinking down to the size of an insect.
In conclusion, Ant-Man is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys Marvel Comics films, superhero stories and Paul Rudd. Also to anyone who enjoys a story of one man, one person, one underdog that will do whatever it takes to see his daughter and strive to be the hero she believes he is.