Directed by Peyton Reed, US, 2015
Superhero movies are getting a little monotonous these days. Good guy becomes superhero, faces bad guy, loses confidence, regains confidence, defeats bad guy, rinse and repeat. It would be refreshing if superhero films started exploring other genres. Enter Ant-Man, which is essentially a heist movie.
It’s not as good as Ocean’s 11 (either version), but it puts an interesting twist on the standard formula. Something needs to be stolen from a clear antagonist (the movie doesn’t even try to make its villain, Darren Cross (Corey Stall) three dimensional). There’s a team handling different aspects of the break-in, and oh yeah, a guy who can shrink to the size of an ant and communicate with insects.
The movie is kept afloat by solid, humorous performances from Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Evangeline Lilly. The interactions between these three protagonists keeps the tone of the movie from taking itself too seriously. Douglas is of course a screen legend, but Rudd and Lilly hold their own acting opposite him.
Should you go see Ant-Man at this point? Sure. As a whole it’s better than some Marvel movies, but not as good as others. It’s far from a classic of American cinema, but a fun movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
You might like Ant-Man if: You think a superhero/heist combo film sounds like a fun idea.
You might not like Ant-Man if: You’re a little burned out on comic book movies for the summer.
(c) 2015 D.G. McCabe