Believe it or not, the 12th installment in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man, is still playing in theaters so it’s still possible to see it this week. Under the mediocre veneer of this movie hides a great story and though it’s flawed in its presentation, the story of Scott Lang’s redemption makes for a great story.
Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. (via IMDB)
When I saw the first trailer for Ant-man I wasn’t excited to see it. It looked like it was going to be yet another cookie-cutter Marvel movie. For the most part, it was exactly that. Special effects, CG, explosions, action, and humor are all present in this movie just like others from Marvel.
What was unexpected was the attempt to infuse it with a more serious tone. An attempt that fell short due to bad editing and timing.
Scott Lang has just been released from prison and wants to be part of his daughter’s life. Hank Pym has alienated his daughter. Both men want redemption in the eyes of those they love and adore. Sounds like a great story, right?
Unfortunately, instead of making that the primary focus of the film, the studio decided to make it about the Pym Particle and Ant-Man’s suit. The real story was stuffed into the rest of the film with a crowbar.
There’s one touching scene in particular where the gravitas is completely destroyed by a joke. It took a great scene with great acting and turned into something awkward and flat.
In addition, the film furthers the narrative in our society that divorce and blended families are normal. As a homeschool dad I value family. I understand that sometimes circumstances can break apart a family but there should always be hope for redemption.
As a whole, the movie is quite average. It’s probably not worth $15 or $20 to see in 3-D but if there’s a bargain night at your theater this would be a good one to watch with your older teens (15+). I wouldn’t take younger teens or tweens to see this one because of some of the content but every family has the own standards. Look up some of the reviews below and see where your values stack up against this film’s.
Ant-Man tries to do too much. It wants to be an action film, a comedy, and a drama all wrapped into one. If a more serious tone could have been kept I think it would have been a much better film.
There are some great topics you can discuss particularly around redemption, the responsible use of technology, and how do we treat prisoners after they’ve been released.
An average film deserves and average score so I give Ant-Man 2.5 out of 5 stars.