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Ant-Man

  • Drama
  • 2015
  • Peyton Reed
  • 112 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Action adventure from Marvel Comics, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly. Small-time crook Scott Lang is trying to go straight to please his ex-wife and their daughter, Cassie. However, his inability to land a regular job soon sees him return to his old ways. But when he breaks into the house of scientist Hank Pym and cracks the safe, all that's within is a strange-looking bodysuit. Little does Lang know that Pym has been observing him and the suit has incredible size-changing powers.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

With original director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) departing the project prematurely, uncertainty loomed over the prospects for this Marvel blockbuster. After all, Ant-Man is no household name like Spider-Man or the Hulk. The miniature hero made his comic-book debut in 1962 and is the alter ego of scientist Hank Pym, whose patented particles can shrink him to the size of an ant, but with super-strength. However, in this light-hearted adventure, a pensionable Pym (played by Michael Douglas) recruits ex-con cat burglar Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to don the Ant-Man suit and stop his villainous protégé (Corey Stoll) from using the invention for nefarious purposes. Yes Man director Peyton Reed is on firm ground rustling up laughs, with Rudd's deadpan quips and buddy Michael Peña's fast-talking patter delivering the goods. The rapid-fire size-changing is effectively handled, too, but the allusions to the wider superhero community are never far away - Ant-Man's clash with post-Ultron Avenger the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) is a reminder that this fun-sized yarn is just a stepping stone to future films. That's not to say these scenes are unwelcome, certainly to action fans, but it's jesting not jousting that wins out here.

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Credits

Cast

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Scott Lang / Ant-ManPaul Rudd
Hank PymMichael Douglas (1)
Hope Van DyneEvangeline Lilly
Darren Cross / YellowjacketCorey Stoll
LuisMichael Pena
Sam Wilson / MackieAnthony Mackie
PaxtonBobby Cannavale
MaggieJudy Greer
Cassie LangAbby Ryder Fortson
GaleWood Harris
KurtDavid Dastmalchian
DaveTip Harris
Peggy CarterHayley Atwell
Howard StarkJohn Slattery
Mitchell CarsonMartin Donovan (2)
Steve Rogers / Captain AmericaChris Evans
Bucky BarnesSebastian Stan
BartenderStan Lee

Crew

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DirectorPeyton Reed

Details

Theatrical distributor
Disney
Released on
2015-07-17
Guidance
Some swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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