The Marvel universe has no paucity of superheroes and in this abundance, is one thief whose origin story is very similar to that of Captain America. The Ant-Man can shrink to the size of an insect and control insects to his advantage, thus creating an army of them to work for him, and with him. This idea is priceless and offers a lot of scope for brilliant action scenes and visuals. Add a little comedy and a simple, quixotic plot, and you have the perfect concoction for a summer blockbuster.
Cat burglar Scott Lang gets out of prison only to find out that there are no jobs in the city for an ex-convict despite his exceptional skills and a masters in electrical engineering. Desperate to meet his daughter, who thinks he is a hero, and provide for her, Scott reluctantly resorts to burglary again. But what he doesn’t know is that this time, there is someone observing him. Someone who wants him to be the next Ant-Man.
My biggest issue with the movie is that there is nothing original about the plot here. It’s nothing more than a collection of banal sequence of events that happen in every origin story. The entire movie was cheerfully chimerical, but the conclusion, involving a quantum realm of subatomic particles, was pushing it. The Marvel villain archetype is strictly followed by the antagonist, Darren Cross (played by Corey Stoll), and this makes everything much more predictable. I seriously think Marvel needs a better class of villains. I also couldn’t help but notice a lot of similarities with Captain America’s origin story. In both movies, an outcast is chosen by a wise mentor to test his creation, giving them superpowers and a task to face a villain with a nefarious agenda.
The computer graphics in the movie is flawless and visually outstanding, the scenes with armies of ants helping our hero accomplish his tasks are especially well crafted. There is an awesome scene in a tub when Ant-Man tries on his suit for the first time, unaware of its abilities. There are highly creative fight sequences towards the end, one inside a suitcase with tiny characters trying to fight while an iPhone larger than them, bounces around playing music, and one in Scott’s daughter’s room with Scott inadvertently enlarging objects. Paul Rudd is unquestionably the best part of the movie, he is extremely lovable and funny, while adeptly displaying desperation and stress, and never overdoing any of the emotions. Michael Douglas also manages to impress, but dulls in comparison with Stanley Tucci, who plays a similar role for Captain America. The comic timing is impeccable, and the ease with which Paul Rudd and Michael Peña manage to elicit laughter is sublime. Despite it’s nondescript story, it never gets boring and that can be rightly ascribed to the brilliant graphics and the engaging screenplay, which combines the perfect amount of levity and gravity.
In conclusion, Ant-Man is very similar to this year’s earlier release, Jurassic World, in that, although it resorts to an overused plot, its storytelling technique uses a lot of creative ideas and amazing visual technology, which definitely makes it worth watching on the big screen. My rating is 7.5 on 10.