ANT-MAN has been referred to as the “silliest super hero” in the Marvel line. He was pretty much unheard of, and most people I have spoke with have had no interest in seeing this film. In reality, Ant-Man was one of the founding members of the Avengers. How could he be so “silly?” I thought long about this one. I decided I would see this film with an open mind.
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I sat down for a special screening of Marvel’s ANT-MAN. Remember, I just recently crawled out from under a rock to see AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. This time, I was fortunate enough to have a Marvel “expert” with me. NDK was my guest for this screening. She was beyond thrilled when I told her she would attend with me. She has read the books about Ant-Man, and I looked forward to her sharing her 7-year-old Marvel knowledge with me. NDK filled me in on just the basics, because after all…..
“Mom, if I tell you too much, then I would be spoiling it for you. Isn’t that what you tell me NOT to do?”
Curses. Foiled by my own advice. I attended the event knowing that Scott Lang was was Ant-Man. He was a thief and had a daughter. And that he shrinks and could talk to ants. And. That. Was. It. Talk about spoiler free. I really had no idea what I was in for.
All I can say, without spoiling the film for you, is SEE THIS MOVIE. I cannot remember the last time I laughed so much in a film before. Of course there was fighting, bad guys, and all the other elements that would make a Marvel movie a “Marvel movie” (including a brief cameo by Stan Lee). But laughter? And so much of it?
I tend to judge a movie based on how I feel when I leave the theater, and after this film, I left happy. The story line was easy to follow, so even if you have no knowledge of Ant-Man, you will not be lost at all. The movie had a perfect mix of comedy and fighting, just enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. There was a lot of teamwork in this story as well. It was refreshing to see a movie that was not heavy on CGI, violence or inappropriateness. I could watch this movie again.
NDK was not thrilled with the fighting scenes, but laughed through quite a bit of this movie as well. Some of the jokes may have gone over her head, but she really enjoyed watching the transformation to Ant-Man and the way Scott Lang(Paul Rudd) interacted with the ants.
Go see this movie and tell me what you think! And be sure to check out the fun printables, too! Lots of Ant-Man fun!
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Tip “T.I.” Harris as Dave, Wood Harris as Gale, Judy Greer as Maggie, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym.