Review: Ant-ManAnt-Man * by Peyton Reed
Released by Marvel on 23 July 2015
Genres: Action
Length: 1h 57m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Peña, David Dastmalchian, T.I., Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer.

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Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

I was lucky enough to win tickets to an exclusive screening of the new Marvel movie Ant-Man, and though I wasn’t that interested in it at first, I did really want to see it (because it’s a Marvel movie, come on). After watching a couple of trailers, and seeing some rumours about the end credit scenes (two of them, so stay put until after all the credits), I got more and more excited about the movie as the day got closer.

Ant-Man is about a convicted burglar named Scott Lang, who gets his hand on a suit that can shrink the person wearing it to the size of an ant. Together with Hank Pym (the previous owner of the suit) and his daughter Hope, Scott has to infiltrate a highly secured building to steal a similar (‘Yellowjacket’) suit built by Hank’s former apprentice who is determined to use his suit to ‘save the world’ (but we all know how well that goes for villains).

Like I said, I wasn’t really interested in Ant-Man at first, mainly because I didn’t really know much about Ant-Man in the first place, but after seeing some trailers, I decided I did want to see it. So I was thrilled to hear I won tickets for a very exclusive screening (I mean there was a pre-premiere but we were at like the pre-pre-premiere, wooh!). I went into the movie not knowing a lot about it (other than that someone was going to ‘break into a place and steal some shit’), but I was kind of blown away by how cool this movie was.

I just like the humour that Marvel puts into these movies, to lighten the mood of the movie overall – otherwise it would probably be a way too serious movie with all the stuff that is going on in this universe. Even during the final battle, there were some incredibly funny things happening (it included a tank, an ant and a toy train), and it had the whole cinema laughing out loud several times.

The characters were really nice as well, I liked Scott almost from the beginning, especially the way he cares for his daughter. And I also liked Hope already before I’d even seen the movie, but that might be because she’s played by Evangeline Lilly (who is cool ok); and I really loved Scott’s friends, who were just funny and a bit of a comic relief in this movie I guess, but ugh I just liked them so much. The villain was really good (and by good I mean evil good) too, and I disliked him from the start which means he played his role well, hahaha! There were some (unexpected) cameo’s in this movie, one of which kind of made me (and my friend) gasp when we saw it; and of course Stan Lee’s obligatory cameo as well, which was really nice!

Of course, a lot of these superhero movies have the same sort of story – a usually ordinary guy (or girl) becomes a superhero, and then they save the day (after some ups and downs, of course). But yeah I just like that kind of movies, I really enjoy superhero movies (although I’m more Marvel than DC) and I really love seeing the story of how they became the superhero instead of just jumping right into the middle of a story where this person has been the hero for years and years.

Naturally, in a movie called ‘Ant-Man’, there will be ants. So if you are extremely afraid of ants, do NOT watch this movie because there are A LOT of ants. I am personally not that scared of ants, I just don’t like them very much, so this movie was bearable for me. (Unlike Spider-man). So yeah if you’re not that afraid of ants, just go and see the movie. And if you’re not afraid of ants at all, GO AND SEE THE MOVIE!

Like I said, there are two end credit scenes, one of which that (as far as I know) leads to Ant-Man two, and the second (after ALL the credits) that leads to Captain America: Civil War. I really liked the second one, and I really cannot wait to see Civil War!

In the end, I really enjoyed Ant-Man, and I am really glad I decided to participate in the contest to win tickets. I am definitely going to see the sequel whenever it comes out and I still love Marvel as much as I loved them before!

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