Just seen the latest superhero movie: Ant-man. A scientist called Doctor Pym (played well by Michael Douglas) invents a suit and drug that lets someone become super-small while still remaining “relatively” super-strong. Oh, and the tech to let the wearer communicate with/control ants (as you do). He then hires an ex-con with a heart of gold to break into a lab to stop an evil scientist from developing the same tech. And that’s the entire plot – there’s nothing else going on.
The first 20mins of the film are very laboured as they work (and pretty much fail) to establish the ‘character’ of the ex-con. There are very few jokes and all we really learn is that Ant-man has a daughter, which really isn’t enough to constitute any sort of character. But then the fun starts – there are plenty of hi-jinks with the suit and the ants, and there are some properly humorous (and intertextual) moments.
So this is a fun but flawed movie. Evangeline Lilly is wasted in her role as the doctor’s daughter. There is a fundamental lack of sense/credibility to the science and storyline.And there is no real moral dilemma in the film. But, for all that, it’s far from being a waste of time. Not sure I’ll be hurrying to see Ant-man 2, but I don’t regret paying money to see this latest Marvel effort. I score the movie 8 out of 10, but I have to say I can see why industry critics are now prophesying the ‘death’ of the superhero movie. You can see the movies becoming thinner, etc. All hopes must now rest on Guardians of the Galaxy 2!