“Heroes don’t get any bigger”

Based on the comics created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby of the same name, Ant-Man tells of how Scott Lang, as the new Ant-Man, helps his mentor and predecessor to the Ant-Man identity, Dr. Hank Pym, pull of a heist that will save the world.

Forced out of his own company by former protégé Darren Cross, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) recruits the talents of well-meaning burglar Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a master thief just released from prison. Lang becomes Ant-Man, trained by Pym and his daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lily), and is armed with a suit that allows him to shrink in size, possess superhuman strength, as well as the ability to control an army of ants. The miniature hero must use his new skills to prevent Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), also known as Yellowjacket, from perfecting the same technology and using it as a weapon for evil.

I feel that Ant-Man is a movie worth watching because it is really entertaining and has a generally good storyline. There are many funny lines and conversations like “Baskin Robbins always finds out” and “Scott Lang: My days of breaking into places and stealing shit are over! What do you need me to do? Hank Pym: …I want you to break into a place and steal some shit. Scott Lang: …makes sense.”Paul Rudd, who stars as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, contributes largely to this movie’s success as he gave a very charming performance – he is able to convey all the humour in the script, which makes the movie very enjoyable. Also, there are many instances of language arts such as irony, when Yellowjacket said that he was going to disintegrate Ant-Man, and Siri started to playing the song “Disintegration” by The Cure, and contradictory sentences such as “‘Wait I didn’t steal anything! I was returning something I stole!”’ that adds to all the laughter in the movie.

Spoiler alert – each movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has one end or post credits scene, but this movie stands out as it has one end credit scene and one post credits scene. Furthermore, the post credit scene in Ant-Man is said to be a scene from the upcoming installment in the MCU, Captain America Civil War. Again, this has never be done before – all the ending scenes in the other movies all foreshadow the future Marvel films, rather than clip it from the upcoming movies.

An interesting twist in the plot is that another hero appears in the titular hero’s movie, but does not help the main protagonist.  In this movie, Ant-Man is forced to fight the Avenger Falcon, as Falcon had detected Ant-Man’s intrusion into the New Avengers Facility in upstate New York, and started attacking him for trespassing almost immediately, despite having already heard Scott’s attempt to introduce himself as the hero Ant-Man.

Another thing that sets this Marvel movie apart is in the way the movie is advertised. Other than the theatrical release poster, there are new ‘Ant-Man’ Avengers-themed character posters, despite the storyline having no direct link to the Avengers themselves, other than the casual mentions of them by Scott Lang in the movie. There are also English posters of Ant-man stepping all over his friends, and international ones depict his daughter Cassie Lang looking

down in his ant-sized self.

This movie is a cut above the rest (at least in the Marvel Cinematic Universe), so do watch Ant-Man on the big screens!

Germaine Lee (2T)


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