Ant-Man – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 57 mins

Rating: 12A

Release Date(UK): 17 July 2015

Genre: Action, adventure, sci-fi,

Director: Peyton Reed

Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Anthony Mackie…

Description: Scott Lang was just a normal Dad/minor criminal but when he gets himself into a situation bigger than he can handle and steals from a safe that has a suit with an incredible ability he’s going to have to deal with the consequences, those being having to use the suit he stole to turn himself into ant form with human strength and try to save the world.

My Thoughts: So, Ant-Man is a pretty strange idea, and to be honest when I first heard the film existed I thought it was pretty ridiculous having a man turn into an ant… like how can you benefit from that? That’s not a superhero power it’s a death wish.

Anyway, then I actually watched the film and here’s what I thought…

Okay, so firstly as I’ve mentioned the storyline was a ridiculous one and even after it was explained that he still had human strength whilst being ant-sized I still didn’t see how this could be of any use to someone. And when he was in ant form and stuck in the obvious and easy situations to get out of he didn’t, he just remained stuck there and it was ridiculous. Like does he lose his brain when he’s ant sized or does it just shrink? I also feel like it was really gross and creepy that there were ants everywhere all the time it was gross. And the other thing is he wasn’t even ant sized because when you saw him standing with other ants they were huge compared to him.

I feel like it took way too long before he properly became ant-man and there was more of the film where he was training to be ant-man than actually being ant-man.

I feel like one of the main things that makes action, superhero, Marvel films good is the amount of action that is in every film, the amount of fights between characters that has you on the edge of your seat because you don’t know what’s going to happen to them and I feel like this film was really lacking in that, because he was ant sized there wasn’t really any fighting involved, there was one fight scene at the end of the film and that was it and even that wasn’t as entertaining as fights in other Marvel films as they were tiny ant-men having a fight in a young girl’s train set.

When Pym’s (Michael Douglas) daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly) asks to be ant-man or in this case ant-woman and he says no, it really annoyed me although I realise that it had to be no because the film was called ant-man and therefore it had to be Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) but I was disappointed because there are no current Marvel superhero’s that are women there’s only Black Widow in the Avengers films but she’s an assassin and she doesn’t have any actual superpowers and all she ever does really is ride around on a motorbike in tight leather outfits. There’s also Susan from the new Fantastic Four film but that’s a re-make so it doesn’t count. I just wish that there could be female superhero’s occasionally. Although having your only female superhero be an ant might be a bit insulting too.

As we’re on the subject of the Avengers it really annoyed me when they mentioned the Avengers in the film, I feel like unless it’s an actual official Avengers film then they can’t be mentioned in other Marvel films because otherwise the main superhero in the film is implausibly left all on their own to save the world. If the avengers job is to save the world it has to be their job all the time not just when they can be bothered. So I feel like the avengers would have helped in a situation like the situation Ant-man was in only it wasn’t an Avengers movie so that’s why they weren’t featured. And it annoyed me.

I feel like I never properly understand why the evil man was evil and how he was going to destroy the world with little ant-men and also I didn’t feel like he was a very good bad guy. He was just kind of dull.

So far the film had been dull, boring, slightly funny but only slightly, there had been hardly any action and then we reached the end which was the best part (not in a good way)! Because the film managed to turn itself into a parody of itself and Marvel movies, it was so ridiculously stupid and if you thought it was already ridiculous ant-man being an ant-man it got even more ridiculous because he had these strange weapons that turned anything into larger form so we got to see first a giant ant and then a life-sized Thomas The Tank Engine destroy Scott’s child’s home. And that kind of destroyed the film for me a little bit, and I was laughing but more at it than with it.

I started watching this film thinking it was going to be ridiculous and I finished this film knowing that it was.

3 and a half/5 stars.

Warnings: Violence, swearing, kissing, alcohol consumption, smoking and references to taking drugs all feature. There are also some scenes that might be found upsetting to younger audiences. I would not suggest this film to anyone with Myrmecophobia (the fear of ants). For full details on the content of the film click the link:

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the film and cast click the link:

Other Information: Ant-Man is based off a Marvel comic series.

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