Ant-Man (Theatrical)

7.31 h 57 min2015X-RayPG-13
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, to plan and pull off a heist that will save the world in Marvel Studios' Ant-Man.
Peyton Reed
Paul RuddMichael DouglasEvangeline Lilly
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Jason MatthewReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Ant-Man is a surprising success
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When I originally saw the first footage for Marvel’s Ant-Man, I have to admit I wasn’t exactly hyped to see the film on opening night. I always thought that Paul Rudd was a perfect casting choice to bring the larger than life character to the big screen, but the first few trailers just didn’t grab my attention and it seemed like the movie was having trouble finding its tone. Was this going to be an all-out comedy, or balance things out with a healthy dose of action and drama à la last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy? Thankfully, the finished product turned out to be one of Marvel’s most entertaining and original films to date, wrapping up Phase 2 nicely.

Paul Rudd knocks it out of the park in this immensely enjoyable action/comedy superhero film from Marvel Studios. Scott Lang (Rudd), a master thief with a heart of gold, teams up with Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to stop a powerful weapon from getting into the hands of the malevolent Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), Pym’s former protege. Armed with the amazing shrinking and strength-boosting abilities of Pym’s Ant-Man suit, Lang aims to right the wrongs of his past and become a hero in the eyes of his daughter. If he can succeed, The Avengers might just have a spot open for him on their team.

It’s obvious from the outset of the film why Paul Rudd was chosen for the role – he’s one of few very actors who could make a criminal charming, and his spot-on comedic timing and chemistry with Michael Pena provide some of Ant-Man’s most memorable moments. Evangeline Lilly plays the part of Pym’s estranged daughter Hope quite well, offering up a few moments of badassery as she teaches Scott how to fight and use his newfound abilities. Michael Douglas plays the part of Dr. Hank Pym beautifully – you could feel the character’s sense of despair and regret about the events that caused both Hope and Darren Cross to distance themselves from him. And Corey Stoll plays Darren Cross with an intensity that really sells the character’s descent into madness, as he stops at nothing to recreate the Ant-Man technology just to sell it on the black market. The character may be a bit one-dimensional, but Stoll makes Cross both memorable and intimidating.
The first thing that caught my attention with Ant-Man were the impressive visual effects. The shrinking abilities of Ant-Man are well portrayed, allowing the audience to suspend disbelief long enough to become invested in Scott’s story. Aspects such as the digitally recreated bathroom where Scott first utilizes his shrinking powers are overflowing with detail, right down to the texture on the tiles, the grimy grout, and spiderwebs between the floorboards. It really helps sell the illusion, as you never feel as though Rudd is running in front of a green screen (although that’s obviously what happened).

Perhaps the most effective and remarkable use of CGI in Ant-Man is the de-aging effect used for Michael Douglas in flashback scenes – he looks just how you’d remember him from 80s films like Wall Street. A kickass battle against Falcon at Avengers HQ manages to effectively showcase Ant-Man’s abilities and paint him as a formidable fighter that could stand beside Captain America and Thor on the team. I should also mention that once again Marvel Studios’ costume designers are amazing; the Ant-Man suit from the original comics is difficult to translate to the big screen, but they absolutely nailed it, and the Yellowjacket suit may be even cooler.
Ant-Man’s Digital HD copy features extras like a gag reel, deleted scenes, and featurettes on the creation of the CGI sequences. There’s also a bit of backstory on the comic character’s origins and some commentary on the deleted scenes from the director and Paul Rudd. One of the deleted scenes, in which Scott Lang cases Pym’s house as a cable guy, was truly great and had me wondering why it was left on the cutting room floor.
Overall, Ant-Man is a surprising success – after the first trailer was met with a tepid reaction from fans, Marvel and director Peyton Reed managed to turn the tide and give us one of the most memorable and creative films in their lineup (and one of my new personal favorites). I’m thrilled to see lesser-known and more “out-there” characters like Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy not only making their way to the silver screen, but finding great critical acclaim and financial success. As a longtime comic fan, I can’t wait to see Scott Lang teaming up alongside the Avengers (and Spider-Man!) in Captain America: Civil War – it’s one of those things I thought would never actually happen, and the kid in me couldn’t be more ecstatic.
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The Galutia FamilyReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I love this Ant-Man!
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Once again, i was totally amazed at how well they pulled off Ant-Man. he was the only person from the MCU, which i was a little uncertain as to how Marvel was going to bring him into the story Arch. how they pulled it off totally surprised me, and it worked really well with the existing plot line of the arch of the MCU. personally, i like the movie version MUCH better than the comic book version of Ant-Man, as in the comics, he was really unstable (Crazy), and i really like the new direction they have taken him. it was brilliant how they filmed this movie in the theme of a bank hist. they could have really done a dis-service to this movie by going strictly by the comic book, and they would have killed the movie. very bold move on the part of marvel to remake the origin story. i think it works alot more cohesively now. i cant wait for the next Ant-Man. P.S. LOVED him in captain america civil war! he stole the show along with Spider Man!
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's got laughts It's got tunes It's got thrills It's got action A Marvel heist film
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During a high point of Ant-Man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) tells his foe Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), “It was never just a heist.” In fact, that’s exactly what Ant-Man is, a superhero heist flick. It also borrowed heavily from the Guardians of the Galaxy formula. That meant it had a light mood, plenty of jokes and some great music.

That’s shown in the opening scenes. First, Lang is in San Quentin prison and is getting the exit tradition of trying to knock out his friend who is really big. In the background Borombon by Camila Azuquita is playing with its catchy Salsa beat and chorus. Then he gets released and Shingalin en Panama also by Azuquita comes on. Lang gets picked up by his old cellmate Luis (Michael Pena). Lang asks how is he doing and he says his girlfriend left him, his mom died, and his dad got deported by he got his van. Lang says that with his education with a master’s degree he’s going to get a good job, take care of his daughter and never go back to prison. Luis warns him that life for ex-cons is hard. Next thing you know Lang is working at Baskin Robbins and gets fired when his boss finds out that he’s a convicted criminal. There couldn’t be a better start to Ant-Man.

Luis actually steals almost every scene that he’s in. He gets into a flow when he starts talking going off on wild tangents and speaking a hundred words a minute. He is a great comedic foil for the story. Unexpectedly Michael Douglas also provides a continuous flow of sarcastic one liners mostly aimed at Lang throughout Ant-Man providing a lot of dry humor.

What the actual plot comes down to is Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) recruits Lang and his friends Luis, Dave (T.I.), and Kurt (David Dastmalchian) to help him and his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lily) break into his company now run by Darren Cross and destroy his work on the Pym Particle which allows any object to be shrunk down like the Ant-Man. That’s how the film is in the heist genre because much of it is the planning and training for the break in. Lang for instance has to learn how to use the Ant-Man uniform and work with the ants along with being trained in martial arts. Cross actually goes mad from using the Pym Particle upon himself and becomes the Yellow Jacket. That’s actually a take-off of the Avengers comic where Hank Pym went temporarily insane and took on the Yellow Jacket persona.

There are plenty of other Marvel Easter Eggs in the film like when Darren Cross is first introduced he said that the Ant-Man was tale to astonish. Tales to Astonish was the comic book that first introduced the Ant-Man character in 1959.

Overall, Ant-Man is a great super hero romp. It’s got laughs. It’s got tunes. It’s got thrills. It’s got action. It’s one of the reasons why it’s one of my favorite Marvel releases.
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KevinReviewed in the United States on March 31, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie but disappointed
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When I received my package, I knew this movie was going to be good. I had already seen it in theaters. It was a really good role for Paul Rudd. When I opened the case, I found a slip inside that says "Get a reward now. Enter your action code at" which prompts me to enter a redemption code. When I enter the code it says "Invalid Code". Suffice to say that I do not own this movie on Blu-ray & Digital like had hoped. I only own the blu-ray version which means I have to have the disc with me to watch it or put the disc in to watch it. This has been the most ridiculous experience I've ever had with an Amazon blu-ray purchase and I can't honestly tell if it's a Amazon issue or a Marvel Studios issue.
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Anonymous CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the better super-hero movies
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Many movies from the larger franchise are so focused on creating shock and awe that the would-be humorous and complex human elements get lost. For many of us, those things are what makes this kind of movie good, not the explosions, etc. While I've been less-than-enthralled with the Avengers series, I personally loved both Ant-Man and it's sequel (Ant Man and the Wasp). The central cast is perfect, I laughed throughout, and appreciated the more complex human relationships (relative to the franchise norm), which focused more on parent-child issues than romance.
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Beef5718Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Decent Marvel movie
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Not my favorite, not my least favorite. Paul Rudd is a delight as usual, it's just that Ant Man is not the most interesting of characters. Still if given the choice between this and the 3rd installment of some other character, I would rather see this if for no other reason than to mix things up a bit. Paul Rudd plays a down on his luck smart guy who had to commit some minor crimes to make ends meet. He gets out of jail and is trying to get his life back together but has a hard time of it until he stumbles across a super suit. Hijinks ensue.

Pretty basic origin story if you're familiar with comics. It's an enjoyable flick and worth the time to see it at least once. Got this as a gift because it's family friendly.
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M. MurphyReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Meets the definition of a 'superhero' character
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There are some recent Marvel movies I watch once, maybe in theater, and others I have as DVD or streaming and watch multiple times. This movie is the latter category.

As superhero movies go, Superman is the type of character I DON'T like, flying around all-powerful. And now it seems like Marvel needed their own character of this sort, with the recent Captain Marvel. They don't even bleed.

Ant Man is the opposite type; life is a struggle at every turn. A character as 'superhero' can get the 'super' part by having some unusual capability. But my interpretation of the word 'hero' is someone who must take personal risk in pursuit of an altruistic objective.
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MaliceReviewed in the United States on March 15, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Action-packed, funny and an overall darn good movie.
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This is one of the few movies that I loved. It has a lower budget than other Marvel movies but the acting and writing is good and I liked the special effects. The effects with the ants was very good. I knew a little about Ant Man from the comics but it was just enough to confuse me while watching the movie. I should have just watched it and not attempted to predict the plot - my fault. There is a lot of humor, some of which still cracks me up when I think of it, and plenty of action. It ties in with the other Marvel movies so it helps a little to have seen the other Marvel movies but it is not that big of a deal if you've hadn't.
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