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Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie Review: Ant-Man (2015)

Updated on April 1, 2021
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Ant-Man blu-ray cover.
Ant-Man blu-ray cover. | Source

Quick Info

Director: Peyton Reed
Distributor: Marvel Studios
Runtime: 117 minutes
Released: December 8, 2015
Availability: on DVD, 4K blu-ray, 3D blu-ray, blu-ray and digital, streaming on Dinsey+

Story Summary

Scott Lang is an ex-convict that just got out of prison. He keeps trying to maintain a job so he can see his daughter Cassie. He is drawn back into a life of crime when he tries to break into a rich businessman’s house and steal a suit.

The owner of the suit is the Ant-Man, Hank Pym who wants Scott to break into Pym Tech and steal the Yellowjacket suit from Darren Cross before he can sell his suit off to the highest bidder.

The Story is Fun and Entertaining

Ant-Man (2015) is an entertaining and fun superhero film. I like that we don’t have a typical “good guy” protagonist like in most comic book superhero movies.

I also like that the characters are a little sketchy, but still fun and lovable that makes them entertaining to watch on screen.

Marvel's Ant-Man - Trailer 1

The Visual Effects Are Amazing!

One thing I always enjoy about movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the visual effects. They always manage to look great for the most part. The visual effects look really good, especially the ants.

What is also unique about the visual effects is that because the characters shrink, the sets of things that are mundane, like a bathtub or a children’s train set are made to look enormous and it’s very impressive how they make it work without it looking hokey.

The other visuals are also very good and the special effects are impressive. It’s a stunning movie to look at.

Ant-Man in learning about ants.
Ant-Man in learning about ants.

The Cast Is Fantastic!

Paul Rudd Is great as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, I really enjoyed him in this role. He gave a great performance and he portrayed his character very well. I liked his performance and he was entertaining to watch.

Evangeline Lilly did a great job as Hope van Dyne. I enjoyed her in the TV series LOST and The Hobbit trilogy. She portrayed an interesting character and I liked her performance in this film.

Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket, while he is an interesting character, the cliché of the corrupt corporate executive has been used too many times in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with little change between them and it’s occurred in multiple movies, so it is a cliché.

Bobby Cannavale as Jim Paxton, Cassie’s Step-Dad. He did a good job and I did like him in this role. He did a good job and it was interesting to see the relationship between Scott and Jim. It makes them interesting characters. I liked the performance he gave.

Michael Peña is hilarious as Luis. I liked his acting and he made his character endearing and funny and likable. He was great in this film and defined the tone with his characters quirky personality. I really liked his acting in this movie.

Overall, the actors did a fantastic job and it was a fun and entertaining film because of great performances that made it both exciting and hilarious.

Marvel’s Ant Man: Official Main Theme (by Christophe Beck)

The Soundtrack Is Excellent

Christophe Beck’s soundtrack is very well done. I liked the music, it suited the film very well and I think it is a fantastic soundtrack.

The score was very well done and it complements the film very well.

The Humor Is Funny Because of the Contrast Between What We See and What Normal People See

The humor of this film is what Ant-Man sees from his point of view, and what we the audience and normal people see.

What looks like an epic fight from Ant-Man’s point of view looks like a phone falling in the water or a child’s train going around on a track.

It’s also funny in a way that I won’t spoil it. There’s a lot of humor involving size that makes the film entertaining. It's just something you have to see to get the joke.

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I Enjoyed the Combination of Two Different Genres

What I liked about this film more than the other superhero movies is that it combines a superhero movie with a heist movie and that usually doesn’t happen in many superhero films.

It is fun to see a superhero pulling off a heist as a heroic act rather than a villainous one. It’s what makes this film unique compared to other superhero stories.

The Corrupt CEO Has Been Overdone

The evil corrupt CEO is an overdone trope when it comes to a superhero film, especially the Marvel movies. I’ve seen a variant of it in at least three of their films and it’s getting very old.

There are only so many variants of this premise that you can write about before the audience gets bored of seeing this trope. It does become a very tiring plotline when they keep using it with minor changes.

If you’re tired of this trope you probably won’t like the movie as it does feel repetitive in terms of plot.

Parental Warning

This movie does contain some language and superhero related violence, it is rated PG-13.

Yellowjacket, the enemy of Ant-Man.
Yellowjacket, the enemy of Ant-Man. | Source

Ant-Man Is a Fun Superhero Film

Despite using basically the same premise that they’ve used in other Marvel Cinematic Universe films, they’ve managed to put a unique twist on the story formula to make it interesting.

I like the humor and the characters. The story was also very fun and entertaining and it’s something I enjoyed a lot. I also like the humor and the characters and a different protagonist than a typical hero.

This is a movie that I was happy to borrow from my library. I’ll probably get a digital copy eventually or a blu-ray when it gets cheaper.

Quick Summary

What Works:
What Doesn't Work:
Unique twist on an overused plot, great characters and world-building
The corupt CEO plot is getting old, and has been used in too many Marvel mvoies
Great visual effects and funny humor using visual effects
Great acting
Excellent soundtrack

My Grade: A

I love the Ant-Man (2015) film and I enjoyed watching it. It’s very well done and I had a lot of fun watching it. It’s a unique take on the heist film that makes it unique as a superhero film as well. It does a great job of combining two different genres.

I love the amazing use of the visual effects for the film when Ant-Man shrinks or grows in size. It’s a lot of fun and a very entertaining film.

I love the characters and the humor of this film. It’s a nice way to have a breather between all the serious Marvel films that come out.

It can feel repetitive when it comes to the plot because the corrupt CEO who’s out to get the hero’s technology has been done multiple times in multiple Marvel movies. While it does have the heist aspect of the story to keep it interesting, the use of a familiar premise can be very annoying.

I highly recommend the Ant-Man (2015) film. I love the movie. I did borrow it from my local library so I didn’t have to pay for it. I did watch it in the movie theater and enjoyed it a lot.

While I don’t feel like I have to buy it, I did enjoy it a lot, and it is one that any fan of superhero films will enjoy. If you want a fantastic action-comedy with a great story and plenty of action and laughs, you’ll definitely enjoy Ant-Man (2015).

My Rating

5 stars for Movie Review: Ant-Man (2015)

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