It’s 2:29PM on Friday, July 17th, 2015. Last night, at 7:15PM, along with my brother, and three friends – I saw Marvel’s “Ant-Man.”
It was fantastic. The premise is going to lose some people, right from the jump, but it all works. It’s inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe, people. Anything can happen in that place.
We’re talking about a world where cities can randomly get dropped out of the sky, all thanks to artificial intelligence, created by a billionaire weapons designer, who likes to fly around in an iron suit. Shrinking is old hat, compared to some of the stuff that goes down in the MCU.
For a movie like this, my review is going to be all praise. Rather than slather it all over you guys – I’m going to organize.
I’ll begin with the cast.
PAUL RUDD is SCOTT LANG. I love Paul Rudd. I’ve been psyched to see him in this role, and he didn’t disappoint. He’s fantastic, from beginning to end. I can’t believe him and Chris Pratt are the leads of two different Marvel franchises. That’s so awesome.
MICHAEL DOUGLAS is HANK PYM. What can I say about Michael Douglas, that hasn’t already been said? This is Gordon Gekko we’re talking about here. He’s great.
EVANGELINE LILLY is HOPE VAN DYNE. Her character hates Hank Pym (her father) for most of the movie, for personal reasons that I won’t discuss, because, you know – spoilers. Suffice it to say, that plot thread provides for the film’s more emotional scenes.
COREY STOLL is DARREN CROSS. I really like this character. The relationship between him and Hank Pym is played as an inverse of Tony Stark and Obadiah Stane’s from the first, “Iron Man,” and it works really well.
MICHAEL PENA is LUIS. He steals every single scene that he is in, as per usual. That dude is hilarious.
Moving on – I don’t know who wrote what, but kudos to Paul Rudd, Adam McKay, Edgar Wright, and Joe Cornish. All together, the four of them wrote the best origin story in the MCU, rivaled only by the original Iron Man. It’s such a great film.
Finally, I have to point out that a lot of people doubted Peyton Reed, but he delivered in a big way. He steered what could have been a runaway train, back on track, and into the station.
In short: he crushed it. Now go see his film! You will not regret it.
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