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2015, Fantasy - Superheroes

Ant-Man (2015)

Ant-Man

Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A Marvel Comics character by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby
Director Peyton Reed
Writers/Script Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd
Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evengeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Anthony Mackie, Judy Greer, Michael Peña, Hayley Atwell, John Slattery, Stan Lee

Elevator Pitch: Scott Lang, a small time, but technically savvi crook, is recruited by Dr Hank Pym to be “Ant Man” using a special suit which offers miniaturisation and super strength to the wearer. It is intende that he should be trained in the use of the suit and the control  of ants as his assitants in an effort to steal Yellowjacket, a similarly technical suit being developed by Pym’s former partner, Darren Cross with the assistance of his estranged daughter, in Pym Corp.  Can they stop the development of Yellowjacket and save the world?

Content: No nudity or sex, no drugs but just a bit of drinking. Scott and his cohorts get together, then he is recruited by Dr Pym and with the help of Hope, the formerly estranged daughter (possibly the coolest female lead ever) is trained in the use of the suit and how to control the ants. So there is a lot of action while Scott is very small and quite a bit of ingenious fighting, typically on the roof of a toy train. Slightly more confusingly it is possible for them to make small things big as well, and this happens towards the finale.

A View: I have watched this a couple of times, and if I had read my own review I would not have bothered with a second viewing, but it was better than I had given it credit for, and was well liked by the general public, making over $50 million on its first weekend. If anything just too many ants which in some ways are a bit of a distraction. I kept wondering how just being very small would provide you with control over them. You will want to see it if you are a Marvel fan, for the rest of us maybe a watch for nothing.

Additional Info: I was amused by a flashback to a younger Dr Pym driving up to his factory in a Triumph Spitfire. Even in its day a crap sportscar.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels

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