Less than three months after the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel have spat out another blockbuster, Ant-Man, which adds a new superhero to their ever-expanding cinematic universe. This time with their smallest hero yet but one with possibly the biggest behind the scenes farces in the history of Marvel’s films.
Hopefully we all know the story, if not let me do a short recap. Marvel teamed up with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish to bring Ant-Man to life. Not long before pre-production the partnership between Wright, Cornish and Marvel ended due to “creative differences”. Marvel reached out to their leading man Paul Rudd and Anchorman writer and director Adam McKay to edit the script while bringing in Yes Man director Peyton Reed to take the reins from Wright.
The end result is an underwhelming, albeit occasionally entertaining film about redemption and a man who can shrink. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is an ex-con unable to keep a job but must pay for child support in order to see his daughter. Armed with the drive to seek redemption for his past mistakes and mend things with his daughter, Scott, ironically agrees to break into a home where he cracks a safe open and discovers a suit. The owner of the house is Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who was thrown out of his own company by his daughter and Hank wants Scott to become the new Ant-Man.
Paul Rudd does a well enough job as the lead grabbing sympathy from the audience towards his situation, but the real shining star is Michael Pena, portraying Luis, Lang’s cellmate who brings most of the comedy out when it’s needed. Peyton Reed directs the film sufficiently and manages to tie it altogether so that every loose end isn’t showing. However, integrity is lacking and the film feels rushed. While Ant-Man is relatively entertaining, it is undeniable that Edgar Wright may have brought something to the table that would set Ant-Man apart from the other Marvel films. A sense of style that was different as well as a broader take on humour. Some of the humour is still there but it lacks any real conviction.
This is just speculation, perhaps Edgar Wright’s vision for this film may have been wrong and Marvel were right to shut it down but we’ll never know. All we can say about the latest Marvel installment is that it is a passable film in a franchise that have plans to be around for at least the next fifteen years.
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