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Ant-Man Review: Serviceable MCU Filler

Movie Review: Ant-Man

The latest entry to the Marvel road map is a straightforward superhero movie. This is perfect for those who want a light blockbuster flick.

Marvel always has a keen eye for casting. Paul Rudd is perfect as the every-man stand-in. Micheal Pena is amusing as Luis. Corey Stoll is getting typecasted as the well-meaning but misguided guy turned villain, but he pulls it off very well that it’s hard to complain.

The effects-driven comedy is entertaining. There are enjoyable action pieces from Ant-Man’s ant-sized perspective. The amusing fight scenes involving a suitcase and a toy train is far from the Marvel standard of big action beats.

When Wright left the project because of creative differences, the company filled his seat with a more cooperative director to change the final product and suit its vision.

Unfortunately, that vision just wants to show you that Ant-Man is Marvel property and use it as a filler to the doom and gloom Avengers sequels.

The references and tie-in remind you that Ant-Man is still part of the MCU because when you compare him with Earth’s mightiest heroes, there’s nothing much.

Ant-Man has a dull by-the-numbers plot. Paul Rudd does try to add some emotional weight, but the family drama falls flat. It didn’t help that the narrative is burdened by an exposition-heavy first half and then devolves into a standard heist.

The big action here is not much different from a regular-sized superhero duking it out with a number of hired defense contractors and stuff blowing up around him. It’s littered with borrowed stunts from The Incredible Shrinking Man and The Fly.

The thin characters are saved by endearing performances from the ensemble cast.

In the end, well you’ll know how it goes once the daughter shows up. Overall Ant-Man is still an amusing diversion despite being a typical blockbuster with recycled elements. It delivers as advertised.

However, it’s the weakest entry to the Marvel universe. The rest of the first headliners – Captain America, Thor, Iron Man – all had familiar elements but had redeeming qualities that elevated their scripts.

Cap had endearing character development, whiz-bang action, and period details. Thor introduced the best Marvel villain to date  – Loki – and had Shakespearean drama. Iron Man poked at a timely political issue and balanced it with a sense of humor thanks to Robert Downey Jr.

Paul Rudd, like the rest of the movie, has a minuscule impact. The guy is likable as Scott but forgettable as Ant-Man. It didn’t help that he’s surrounded by generic elements that make you wonder what Wright had in store for his character.

But that isn’t necessarily his fault. Ant-Man is just Marvel’s side trophy – a token to show that they can expand their franchise to whatever direction they want while DC plays catch-up.

Ant-Man

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Ant-man is a good diversion and palate cleanser from Marvel's heavy world-saving sequels, but ultimately it's a forgettable blip in MCU.

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