Hey hey, this'll be my first video review. I've been doing these as text for a while, but now I'm going to start trying to make them into video reviews.
I completely admit, I was fully expecting this to fail. I knew that Marvel's momentum just couldn't keep going and I was convinced that Ant Man was going to be the one where it stumbled, because, well.... It's Ant Man... no one really likes Ant Man.
Let's start with the comic books. Hank Pym is the first Ant Man, and in those comics, he's a misogynist drunkard who makes an all around asshat of himself. The second Ant Man, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd in the movie) is a divorced ex-convict who is pretty much inept at everything he does except steal things, as he even stole the Ant Man suit to begin with.
So going into this movie, knowing that all of those comic elements were still going to be in it, I was expecting this to fail. Surprisingly, and pleasantly so, it was actually an extremely entertaining comedy heist movie.
It's actually a bit of a side story to the Marvel cinematic universe, as all the action takes place far removed from the main action. If this were a tv show, this would be a one off episode where they their main stars don't show up in order to save budget on the season. It certainly doesn't detract from the movie though, as one of my favorite Doctor Who episodes was one where they let David Tennant take a break. (Blink)
What I like about the Marvel movies recently is that all of their movie "episodes" have really been different genres. Iron Man is scifi, Thor is fantasy, Cap 1 was a war movie, Winter Soldier a spy thriller, Guardians was a space opera, and the Avengers are Joss Wheden movies (TM). Ant Man, in the same vein, is a heist movie, and it plays itself very tongue in cheek, making itself easily one of the funniest Marvel movies to date.
The only downsides of this is, like almost all the Marvel movies, it has a really weak character as it's villain. The character of Cross is explained to have insanity issues because of his failed Ant Man serum, but I felt like that was just an excuse. He was both written and performed as too much of a mustache twirling evil doer for my taste, and he's just too over the top of a bad guy for me to believe it, and this is a superhero movie, where I can very easily forgive that, but here it was too much.
I was however very pleasantly surprised by the appearance of another female superhero that I won't spoil here.
So yeah, Ant Man, of all super heroes... grab a magnifying glass and go see it.