Ok, I’m going to try and keep this as spoiler-free as I can but guys, seriously, comics featuring Hank Pym have been going since around the 60s so *shrugs*
Last night, we took an impromptu trip to the cinema as part of celebrating Anastasia’s birthday and joy-of-joys, we were rewarded with this: The last film in Marvel’s Phase 2 – the wonderful world that is Ant-Man.
The film opens in 1989 where we meet Hank Pym, a scientist who’s cracked a way to reduce the distance between atoms. Fearing the damage that this discovery could cause, he hides all reference to his “Pym Particle”. Wait, does that sound rude? Anyway…
Flash forward to the present day and Scott Lang is released from jail, after serving 3-years for a Robin Hood-esque crime. Things happen, ice cream is served and then, seeing no other choice, Lang makes a series of significant decisions. Except not really. It’s complicated.
Soon our hero is thrown in to some pretty tight situations. There are some excellent fight scenes, great banter between characters and, of course because it’s Marvel, a little bit of heartbreak. New characters are introduced, old ones make appearances, everyone has a lot of fun. Well, maybe not everyone.
The film is fast and quippy – Pure Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish brilliance!
Paul Rudd is excellent as the wise-cracking burglar/hero, giving Chris Pratt’s Starlord a run for his money in the smooth leading man stakes.
(Let’s just take a moment for that picture, shall we? As a side note, I also tried to find a picture of Evangeline Lilly as Hope in Ant-Man. There’s a few bad screenshot pics but that’s it. Equality, yo!)
Michael Douglas plays the troubled father figure with a straight face and a cheeky glint in is eye. He’s supported by Evangeline Lilly playing his estranged daughter, Hope van Dyne (who’s signed up for a lot more Marvel films!). Finally, Corey Stoll turns in a great performance as our “bad guy” and ex-Pym protégé, Darren Cross.
Typically for a Marvel film, there’s easter eggs aplenty and some not-so-subtle references to the beloved Avengers and their actions in previous films (I’m looking at you Sokovia).
For existing fans of the franchise, this is a great addition to the collection. For anyone new to Marvel (how? HOW?), much like Guardians of the Galaxy, this works as a fun stand-alone film.
Go and watch it, you won’t regret it.
(All pictures taken from IMDB)