Paul Rudd brings the little guy to the big screen with charisma and a little dose of fun.
In the latest Superhero film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we get yet another origins story. But this time around Marvel is introducing us to their smallest hero yet … Ant-Man. Yes that’s right, he’s a cat burglar out to redeem himself with a scientific shrinking suit that allows him to increase in strength. Paul Rudd steps into the title role, bringing charm to the hero.
Rudd plays standard-sized Scott Lang (just released from jail for being convicted of burglary), who is approached by scientist Hank Pym (a class ‘A’ Michael Douglas) proposing a proposition on how Scott can bring out his inner-hero. Scott agrees, from there the little pest will get into all shorts of trouble and mayhem along the way. The visual splendor excels Ant-Man to a new level of entertainment, along with its nicely sliced humor. Out of the darker tone that has been recently displayed throughout The Avengers films, Ant-Man is surprisingly light and has a since of fun in the air.
Of course, with every superhero film there’s always a bad guy. Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) is a narcissistic scientist who wants to use the suit for war. Cross eventually becomes the Yellowjacket and is out for blood of Scott, Hank and his daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly). Director Peyton Reed lets loose on he action scenes, while scriptwriters (Joe Cornish, Edgar Wright, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd) keep the script sharp. Actor Michael Pena also offers a nice comedic relief throughout this action-heist film. Ant-Man also provides a sweet tribute to past superhero comics. Where Rudd goes we will follow and Marvel continues to keep the ball rolling.
Ant-Man is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For sci-fi action violence.