Release year: 2015
Director: Peyton Reed
Screenwriter: Edgar Wright. Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd, Stan Lee (comic book), Larry Lieber (comic book), Jack Kirby (comic book)
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, David Dastalmachian, Michael Peña
After being released from prison skillful cat burglar Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is trying to redeem himself when he is approached by Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) who wants him to use his criminal skills for good. Soon Scott is involved in a world where small sometimes means better.
For Ant-Man to work it is essential that it is capeable of convincing us when Scott is ant-size, which Ant-Man with its exceptional state of the art special effects has no trouble doing. The first moment he shrinks to miniature size in a bath tub filling up with water you are blown away by the effects that never ceases to amaze. The only time they lack conviction is in the opening scene in which a younger looking Douglas (Wonder Boys, 2000) looks kinda off. However, he does manage extremely well when we move up to present time where he can deliver his talents to the movie as the brilliant scientist that creates Ant-Man. As his daughter Lilly (Real Steel, 2011) continues to impress as tough girl with a heart while the main man is covered by the charming Rudd (Role Models, 2008) who with his usually sarcastic witt lends plenty of warmth and humanity to the movie. As his crew there are great turns from some memorable support characters: Peña (Crash, 2004) is hilarious as Scott’s former cellmate with an undying positive attitude and Tip T.I. Harris (Identity Thief, 2013) is good as getwawy driver Dave while, last but not least, Dastalmachian (The Dark Knight, 2008) once again amazes in a support role this time with a convincing dialect and a less dark personality showing the versatility of this rising star. The story moves along brilliantly and has no problem engaging you and as the action truly kicks in you are treated to battles that skillfully changes between sizes without ever losing focus. Oh, and there are a truly great cameo building the link to the rest of the Marvel cinematic universe. It may be the tiniest hero of the Marvel universe but it is a big and brilliant addition that leaves you eager for more.
You can read our interview with talented David Dastalmachian here: http://www.moviegeek.eu/?p=5547
Originally, director Edgar Wright, a big fan of Ant-Man, proposed the film to Marvel in 2003, describing it as “an action-adventure comedy; a cross-genre action and special effects bonanza.” He had been developing the movie since then, shooting a test reel, hiring the cast, and was close to begin shooting the movie. Then, in 2014, he dropped out due to ‘creative differences’ between him and Disney, which had bought out Marvel Studios 5 years prior.
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