Think Small

You know what? Ant-Man is a very good movie. Some were expecting it to be a train wreck, but once again, Marvel pulled it off. Don’t let the mainstream critics scare you away. If the film was no good, the sweaty nerds would rise up, but that hasn’t happened.

Ant-Man is so much an origin story as it is a passing-the-torch story. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) developed the shrinking technology decades ago, and was the original Ant-Man, but the film doesn’t go into that aspect in great detail. For reasons I won’t go into, Pym stopped getting small long ago, and now the time has come to find a worthy successor. That person is Scott Lang (Paul Rudd).

As seen in the trailer, Lang breaks into buildings and steals stuff, and that is the sort of guy Pym is looking for. However, Pym’s daughter, Hope van Dyne, (Evangeline Lilly) believes she should be the one in the suit. For reasons that are explained in the film, Hank is one hundred percent against this idea.

Cory Stoll plays Darren Cross, Pym’s former protege, who now controls the company Hank built. Cross develops a next-gen version of the Ant-Man suit called the “Yellowjacket,” and is going to sell it to (Spoiler). Let’s just say that if you have been keeping up with Marvel, I don’t have to tell you.

Michael Douglas may be considered a supporting actor in Ant-Man, but he really is the second lead. I thought he was wonderful in the role of Hank Pym. It’s not a showy or actor-y part, so there is no scenery chewing. Evangeline Lilly also has quite a bit of screen time. The pair, along with Paul Rudd, make a excellent team.

Speaking of excellent teams, how about Lang’s crew of fellow burglers? In alphabetical order, they were played by: David Dastmalchian, Tip “T.I.” Harris, and, last but not least, Michael Pena. Pena flat out stole the movie as Luis. If Marvel ever decides to bring back the “One Shot” special features on blu-ray, they have to have him in one.

I hope Ant-Man is successful enough for a sequel because I want to see this cast on screen again. That, and we need more comic book movies like it. Not every super hero needs to save the city, the world, the realm, or the galaxy. Sometimes, you just have to stop the bad guy. It’s the little things that matter.


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