Steve Marvel’s At What Ant-Man Does On The Big Screen

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You know what? There are some movies that I secretly just want to be bad. I have never liked the idea of an Ant-Man movie and I wasn’t particularly impressed with the trailers for this one either. Oh, and don’t get me started on the advertising for it. How annoying was all of that? Maybe I was not thrilled with the idea and maybe I was just drinking some hateraide. Whatever the issue may have been, I ventured out to the theater for the screening of Ant-Man and to see if it would bug me or not.

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We meet Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), who is an ex-con and quite the thief. I suppose he wasn’t that great of a thief if he got caught, but I digress. His life is all messed up. His ex-wife doesn’t want to see him and she doesn’t want him near their daughter until he can get his life back in order and get a place where she can go for visits. Scott has a lot of trouble landing a job and when he finally gets one, he is fired after they find out what he did and that he went to prison. All the while, he is living with a few guys (also criminals), Luis (Michael Pena), Kurt (David Dastmalchian) and Dave (T.I.) which is just as tempting as dangling a piece of cake in front of a fat guy on a diet. He really tried to stay on the right path.

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His boys convince him to go and rob a safe from renowned scientist Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). It’s an easy theft, but once Scott figures out what the suit does, he breaks back in to return it. I think I would do the same if I shrunk down to the size of an ant and was nearly washed down the shower drain. No, thank you. When he is leaving Pym’s house, he is arrested and when he goes to meet his lawyer, it is none other than Dr. Pym himself. He has handpicked Scott to be Ant-Man. Quite the honor if you ask me. He is going to train him to use the powers of the Ant-Man suit that he designed so he can go and steal the Yellow-Jacket suit which was created by Pym’s protégé, Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). This will all go swimmingly, right? Thrown in the daughter of Pym, Hope (Evangeline Lilly) who wasn’t close with her dad after she lost her mom who is now working with her dad while pretending to work with Darren and who really doesn’t like the idea that her dad chose Scott. What a mess.

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Ant-Man did too many things the right way for me not to like it. Paul Rudd is just fantastic and the typical one-liners from Marvel that go great with Mr. Rudd. There is good comedy throughout this one and the action (as small as it is) is absolutely going to keep your attention. You’re also going to get a decent amount of Avenger talk and some Avengers references even when they aren’t directly calling out names. Make sure to stay after the movie is over as there are not one, but two scenes that will show up after the credits roll. If you are creeped out by the thought of ants – well, just deal with it. This is Ant-Man and they are crawling all over the place. Overall, Ant-Man was a very satisfying experience and has me rethinking my stance on the world’s tiniest superhero.

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