Presented by James M. Tate / 7/17/2015 / 1 Comment / 2015 , marvel , michael douglas , paul rudd
PAUL RUDD & MICHAEL DOUGLAS IN ANT-MAN
|year: 2015 rating: ***1/2|
The Heist genre is taken to the hilt, including funky instrumental music lifted straight from Quentin Tarantino's JACKIE BROWN, and a band of ragtag underdog thieves including comic relief Michael Pena, a funny enough guy who often tries too hard.
Beneath the engaging caper, a busy hybrid of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE and SPIDER-MAN yet with the origin story built straight into the central plot-line, much of the film feels like a hard sell to make this unlikely hero fit within the "serious" Marvel mainline, including one battle against the least important Avenger. In that, Lang, with a neat way of getting in and out of danger, is worthy of the canon: Unfortunately there are too many real (overly CGI) ants on board, making him more passenger than driver while turning an otherwise legitimate adventure into HONEY I SHRUNK THE SUPERHERO. Thankfully, Paul Rudd is likable enough despite attempting to be Tony Stark Light, and Michael Douglas really keeps things in check: helping his creation rise above expectations for both the characters and the audience.