We’re a bit late with this, but because we were busy, we didn’t have the time to watch the movie until yesterday. But now that we have, we can finally talk about it and pitch in our thoughts on this last addition to the MCU. Here’s our thoughts on Ant-Man!
Let’s start by saying that we were both a bit sceptical before seeing this movie – no less excited, of course, just sceptical – because the premise didn’t really fit into what we’re used to from Marvel by now. Usually, Marvel movies have these super high stakes, huge characters that tend to be a bit clichéd, and lots of things getting destroyed. But with Ant-Man, we didn’t really know what to expect. We don’t know the comics, so we didn’t know much about the character, and although the characters are still a bit clichéd, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is different from what we usually got from Marvel. He’s a small criminal with a family who gets out of jail and wants to turn his life around. He breaks into this guy’s house and steals a suit that turns out to be the Ant-Man suit, and that’s how he became the Ant-Man. No serum to turn him into a super-soldier (although, come to think of it, it kind of is a serum to turn him into a super-soldier…), no self-made weaponized suit, no patriotic main character who wants to save the world, no genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist. Just a guy.
Now, don’t get us wrong: those are not bad thing. All we’re saying is that it’s different.
Those were our thoughts before watching the movie. Now that we’ve seen it, we know how wrong we were.
For one, he didn’t become Ant-Man by accident; Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the original Ant-Man, let him steal the suit because he wanted him to be the Ant-Man. Second, it’s not a superhero movie per se – it’s more of a heist movie. Dr. Pym and his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) need Scott to break into Pym Technologies. Pym Tech used to be Hank’s company, but he was voted out of it and this guy called Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) took over. Cross has been obsessing over recreating this thing called the Pym Particle, which is used in the Ant-Man suit and reduces the distance between atoms, thus shrinking whoever is wearing the suit, for years, but he’s so close to discovering it that Hank and Hope need Scott to steal the suit that Cross developed for his particle, because Cross wants to make an entire army of suits and sell them, which would not be a good thing. So the stakes are high in this movie as well.
But before breaking into Pym Tech and stealing the so-called “Yellow-Jacket“, Scott needs to learn how to handle the Ant-Man suit. A big part of the movie is montaging through him training, and learning how to control his biggest helpers: the ants. That was a really fun part of the film, especially because Hope got to kick his ass on more than one occasion, and as women, we totally approve of that.
After Scott finallly knows everything there is to know about the suit – including the one thing he should never do, which is mess with the regulator because it’s what keeps him from going subatomic (=smaller than the atoms, which means he’d disappear into the quantum realm and there’s no way out) – and is comfortable with the ants, they get to work with the help of 3 of Scott’s associates. They were fun minor characters, but the movie could have done without them – although every movie, even the fun ones, need comic relief, so maybe not.
Of course, Cross knows what Hank is plotting (kind of), and manages to get Scott with the suit behind this magnifying glass thingy where he kept the Yellow-Jacket and the Yellow-Jacket away from him. Hank is shot in the shoulder by Cross, who then escapes. Scott follows him, leaving Hope and Hank to get out of the building in time before it blows up, which was part of their plan as well so that no one would ever get their hands on Cross’ research. They escape in a tank – and let me just tell you, those few seconds alone are totally worth going to see this movie. Seriously. It cracked us up.
Cross escapes in a helicopter, where he puts on the Yellow-Jacket and fights against Scott. They get seperated after Scott gets temporarily arrested and Cross spends a couple of hot minutes in a insect fryer (is that even what they’re called?), but Cross goes to Scott’s house and takes his daughter hostage – that kid is so f*cking adorable, by the way. Scott comes to rescue her, of course, and thus the epic final battle ensues. And by epic final battle I mean the fight between Yellow-Jacket-Cross and Ant-Man on the track of Cassie’s (Scott’s daughter) toy train. And that’s the other scene that made this movie all the more awesome, because holy cow, was that scene intense and fun. Two tiny people fighting against each other, throwing trains around and blowing stuff up – and then it zooms out, and it’s just this toy thing, and it’s all so small and really doesn’t even seem all that dangerous, but they’re tiny, so for them it’s huge- you just have to see it to know what I’m talking about. It’s awesome.
Of course, Scott wins, but he has to turn of his regulator to do so, and ends up in the subatomic level that Hank warned him about. He falls and falls through reality and further, but he still hears his daughter call out to him, which gives him the strength to go back to normal-sized Scott.
That’s pretty much the end of the movie. There’s one thing I haven’t mentioned, which is Anthony Mackie’s cameo as Falcon, but although it was a cool fight scene between him and Scott, it’s not entirely relevant to the plot. But now I’ve mentioned it, so there you go.
Oh, wait, there’s the last scene, which is one of Scott’s friends telling him that Falcon said that Scott was in – and by “in” I mean in the Avengers, of course. Which is pretty f*cking cool.
Post credit scene 1: Hank shows Hope the prototype of a suit that he had been working on with (and for) his wife – who was “Wasp” before dying because she went subatomic on a mission and never came back. Hank tells Hope that he finally realized that they were making it for her – which probably means that Hope is going to be Wasp, which is cool.
Post credit scene 2: sneek peak at Captain America: Civil War. Falcon and Cap are talking about who-knows-what, and Bucky is there too. Steve says that they can’t tell Tony about “it” – whatever “it” is – and Sam says that he “knows a guy”. And I’m pretty sure we’re all right when we think that by that he means Ant-Man. So, apparently, Ant-Man is also going to be in Captain America: Civil War. Which is awesome, although it appears that that movie is going to be as crowded as an Avengers movie.
Anyway, Ant-Man was awesome. It was so much fun! We loved the humor in this movie, and we also loved that it was more of a heist movie than a superhero movie, because it changes from other Marvel movies. Another thing that was awesome was that the fact that even though stuff blew up and trains got thrown around, there’s no big damage like in other MCU movies. It’s all on this really small scale, and that’s just fun to watch.
The actors did an amazing job, too. We loved Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, which we weren’t really expecting. Michael Douglas did a great job, Evangeline Lilly was great and kicked ass, and Corey Stoll really sells the bit-of-a-nutjob-villain. The effects are fantastic, and the dialogue was great. The movie keeps up its pace from the beginning until the end, and the writers really did an amazing job. There’s some heartfelt moments in there, there’s action and there’s humor, and what more do could you want?
There were some cool cameos as well that tied the movie into the MCU, starting with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Howard Stark (John Slattery), Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, and of course the obligatory Stan Lee cameo.
In our opinion, Ant-Man definitely deserves an Exceeds Expectations.