It’s a big, scary world out there. Especially when it’s your responsibility to save said world and you’re the size of an ant.
Ant-Man turns a small-time thief into an even smaller-time superhero. Is it a giant success or a small-minded flick? Well, let’s take a look at the trailer and find out.
So who stars in this movie? Paul Rudd of Dinner for Schmucks and I Love You, Man plays the titular character. Michael Douglas of Wall Street and Basic Instinct is his mentor and predecessor, Hank Pym. The villainous Darren Cross is played by Corey Stoll of Non-Stop and The Bourne Legacy. Evangeline Lilly of The Hobbit trilogy and Lost plays Hope van Dyne.
The director is Peyton Reed, known for Yes Man and The Break-Up. I’m not familiar with his work, but his experience directing comedies will come in handy with this movie’s tone. I’m not sure how he’ll do with action scenes, but then the Russo Brothers hadn’t really done action before Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so inexperience isn’t necessarily a drawback. And he worked on Disney’s “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience” ride, so he knows a thing or two about shrinking.
The trailer opens with Darren Cross giving a presentation. “Imagine a soldier the size of an insect: the ultimate secret weapon.” I’m just imagining a lot of our military getting accidentally stepped on and wondering how well this plan was thought through. Although a tiny soldier who keeps his normal-sized strength does do some awesome stuff, as we see. But Hank Pym isn’t thrilled about going public with his Ant-Man suit, saying, “If you give god-like powers to everyone, it’s going to be chaos.” His daughter Hope asks how they stop Cross, and Pym says, “I know a guy.”
That guy is Scott Lang, and Pym says he’s been watching the guy. I’ve been watching you while you sleep, Scott. But something about Scott’s prison sentence, possibly the way he gets beaten up and cries, makes him different. “I believe everyone deserves a shot at redemption,” says Pym. “Do you?” Is he part of everyone? Because if so, you kind of undermined your own belief there. “My days of breaking into places and stealing stuff are over,” Scott assures him. Which is unfortunate, because Pym wants him to break into a place and steal some stuff. Guess we’ll have to call someone else.
Pym takes Scott to his inner sanctum, shows him the Ant-Man suit, and asks if he’s ready to become the hero. Just as soon as we see a tailor and have the suit taken in to fit me. “Now, the suit has power,” Hope tells Scott. Unless we forget to charge the battery. We see him shrink and get ants to spin a penny, and we learn that ants are his greatest allies. And also that they come in yellow. Scott runs with the ants, putting Honey, I Shrunk the Kids to shame, and Hope tells him that when he’s small, he has superhuman strength, like a bullet. You can’t go faster than a speeding bullet, though. Wrong hero. And then she teaches him how to punch by punching him in the face. Pretty sure he’ll remember the lesson better without the concussion.
Scott goes bungee-jumping with a piece of floss, and Cross tells Pym that he shouldn’t have hidden the Ant-Man suit. “Now it’s going to blow up in your face,” he says. Literally. I strapped a bomb into it and handed it to you. We get a glimpse of the two fathers Scott and Pym with their daughters, and Cross suits up as Yellowjacket to destroy them all.
Ant-Man almost gets blown out of a crashing helicopter, Yellowjacket prepares to crush Ant-Man but instead shrinks and punches him, and Scott surfs a drainage pipe on a raft of ants (which is something ants actually do, so nice touch). The villain asks, “Did you think you could stop the future?” No, but if I could put time in a bottle… “You’re just a thief!” Yellowjacket continues. “No,” says Scott. “I’m Ant-Man.” And we all collectively realize how stupid the name sounds.
Scott shrinks in his daughter’s bedroom, and as Yellowjacket tries to blast him with his stingers, he propels himself up toward the villain by bounding between pieces of shrapnel, which is somehow more believable than when Legolas does it. And the trailer ends in the best way possible: Yellowjacket is about to be run over by Thomas the Tank Engine, which looks intense up close, and then the camera pulls back to show how silly it all looks. Now I just want to see a whole fight scene like this, where we only see the tiny effects of their “epic” showdown. Also, if no one gets tied up on the railroad tracks with Thomas bearing down on them, I’m going to be very disappointed.
So based on the trailer, do I recommend this movie? Yes, yes I do. It’s got great actors, good comedy, some really imaginative visuals and use of ants and shrinking, and it’s a Marvel movie. Need I say more? I look forward to seeing this one in theaters, and I hope you’ll do the same.
It’ll be the first time I’ve ever had to bring a magnifying glass to the theater.
Ant-Man is owned by Marvel Studios.