Ant-Man is the Perfect Mix of Action and Comedy
I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of a less-threatening super hero than Ant-Man. I remember laughing out loud the first few times I heard the name, because I couldn’t wrap my head around how Marvel was going to make a serious movie about this super hero. I mean, Iron Man? He sounds strong. Wolverine? Sounds beastly enough. But Ant-Man? I just couldn’t see a measly little insect man causing bad guys to shake in their boots. I’m here to tell you that I was very wrong, because after watching the movie, I discovered that Ant-Man was much more destructive than I ever imagined he could be (and a lot funnier).
The movie begins by introducing Paul Rudd’s character, Scott Lang, as a man who just got out of prison after 3 years for breaking and entering and larceny. He’s immediately motivated to rebuild his life, both for himself and to support his daughter, but his criminal record makes it difficult for him to get back on his feet. So when he’s presented with an unorthodox opportunity to help out and be a hero, he decides to take it in order to win over his daughter’s respect and be one of the “good guys” for once.
I have to start by saying that this movie was really funny. It legitimately started off feeling like it was going to be a comedy instead of a super hero movie. And a lot of the comedy was very “Paul Rudd-esque” – it seemed tailored to him so it was mostly very natural instead of forced. If the tension ever got too high in the movie, Paul Rudd would break out a funny line or two to diffuse the situation – complete with his awkward Paul Rudd charm, of course. I thought the humour in the movie was great and it really brought out the best in the actors as well as caused the movie as a whole to take itself less seriously.
The perspective shots once Scott turns into Ant-Man are really cool. You get to see how life would look from a couple millimeters off the ground, which is certainly not something you get to see every day. The director paid a ton of attention to how everything would look up close and added a bunch of tiny details, and this really paid off in the end.
Another thing I really liked about the movie was the fact that they could talk to and control the ants. I think most of us have wished at some point that we could talk to animals, so it was super cool to see this play out. Of course, It would have been cuter to control an army of puppies, but you have to work with what you’ve got.
The cast in this movie was awesome. Exhibit A: Paul Rudd. He was funny and quirky as usual, but could pull it all together for the action scenes as well. I also have to give a shout-out to Michael Peña, who played Scott Lang’s former cellmate and friend. He was really funny, and was the cause of a lot of the laugh-out-loud moments in the film. Michael Douglas did a fantastic job as Dr. Pym and Evangeline Lilly was great as his estranged daughter, and Judy Greer was believable as Lang’s ex-wife. T.I. was even in the movie! The cast all worked together to make this movie really compelling and watchable, which is a feat in itself.
Overall, the film seemed very honest and not at all pretentious, probably because Ant-Man was played by Paul Rudd. He’s just so chill that it was almost hard to see it as a super hero movie, but I have to say that I didn’t mind that because the mix of comedy and action was really enjoyable. I think it was good that they chose him as the lead actor, even if he threw off the genre a bit. It made the film unique and not try-hard or cheesy, like it may have been if they cast a really serious actor. All in all, Ant-Man was an enjoyable movie that I’d go see more for Paul Rudd and his humour than to get my super hero fix.
Catch Ant-Man on Execulink’s VOD channel (ch.100) from Dec. 8th 2015 to March 8th, 2016.
Caitlin Feehan, Blogger & Editor
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