Plot: Scott Lang is a thief. A good one as well, if it wasn’t for the fact he is determined to stay clean. When one last job threatens his freedom, Scott agrees to hear out Dr Pym – the man who he tried to rob.
Things are not what they seem. Pym has been watching Scott, and chosen him to inhabit his special suit – one that allows Scott to shrink to the size of the ant. The reluctant hero must learn to fight, communicate and find his moral compass if they are to stop this technology being released on the world.
Quote: `Wait, I didn’t steal anything! I was returning something I stole!`
Opinion: I heard positive reviews before watching this film and was looking forward to seeing it. The reviews were right; this film was great fun. I didn’t realise before it links with the Avengers world, but when that was revealed, it only increased my enjoyment of the film. What isn’t fun about seeing the Falcon defeated by an ant? Or rather, by Ant-Man? (It wasn’t his idea!)
The plot was your basic superhero story. A down-on-his-luck thief is given the chance to make amends and find the hero within himself while saving the world. A suit shrinking a man to the size of the ant is only the beginning; Scott had to learn to work with the ants. This certainly didn’t follow the normal training scene scenario! So despite following the usual traits of this sort of film, there was enough of a twist to keep things interesting.
The characters were great. Scott was both deep and shallow at the same time, a humorous combination that meant you never quite knew what he was going to do next. Pym was the right type of mysterious mentor and his daughter, Hope, was not just a love-interest, but the one who would train Scott. While the bad guy is your average villain, the rest of the characters were engaging. They created the empathy needed to root for them to win – what more do you want in a character?
The tension and humour were balanced effectively with each other. There was a genuine need to save the world, but when the main fight consists of throwing Thomas the Tank Engine toys at each other, it undermines the serious nature found in some of the Avenger films. That doesn’t mean to say it is silly; the threat is real and Scott is prepared to sacrifice himself if it means saving his daughter. This film basically hits all the notes and emotions and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This was the best film that I have seen for some time. It had humour, it had wit, it had danger and it had the need to once again save the world from unspeakable evil. It could have easily fallen into the clichés considering how many of these films are about, but it didn’t. Definitely a recommendation – unless you have a true phobia of ants!