Ant-Man came out in 2015 when I was heavily engaged in doing work things and I just didn’t get a chance to watch it. As I was hanging out in Baltimore yesterday, it was mentioned that I’d never seen it and the decision was made that this must be rectified.
“Forced out of his own company by former protégé Darren Cross, Dr. Hank Pym recruits the talents of Scott Lang, a master thief just released from prison. Lang becomes Ant-Man, trained by Pym and armed with a suit that allows him to shrink in size, possess superhuman strength and control an army of ants. The miniature hero must use his new skills to prevent Cross, also known as Yellowjacket, from perfecting the same technology and using it as a weapon for evil.”
I laughed throughout most of this movie. To be fair, environmental considerations often play into our memories and emotions of how well or poorly we respond to stimuli. With that disclosure, I will say that I was hanging out with someone fantastic, on a very comfortable couch, with wonderful cats purring and being cuddly, after a fantastic writerly weekend.
The story didn’t follow the comics the way I thought it would and that’s pretty much my own fault for making assumptions about the story and the characters without actually seeing it myself and forming my own opinions. One of the key reasons I didn’t go out of my way to see this movie when it was in theaters, even though work was being exceptionally busy, was because of what I’d read about the Ant-Man/Wasp storyline and how Wasp wasn’t even involved, even though she was pretty much the forming member of the Avengers in the comic books many years ago. As it turns out, Wasp was mentioned and her role in the movie was similar as in the comics all those years ago. That’s pretty much the only spoilers I’m going to give about that portion, but I will say that I vastly misjudged this movie purely based on other people’s opinions.
I liked Scott’s character quite a bit. He was smart and he had valid reasons for his knowledge base. I like how he kept trying to do things “the right way” but the movie also clearly demonstrated how difficult second chances can be in the real world. Scott was about as real as you can be as a brand-new, know-nothing superhero and it was endearing. He had a very steep learning curve and he did the best he could, which was inspirational.
I have to say that I really enjoyed some of the “epic” battles because of the ridiculousness of Thomas the Tank and how fantastic the visuals are for this movie. The special effects were definitely on point and I thought the differences between the small world and the normal world were done quite nicely.
Overall, I would rate this movie as a solid three, or perhaps even a high three, on my rating scale. While I do not currently own a copy of this movie, I feel as though it is something worth investigating for purchase, as it’s a movie I would easily and happily watch again.