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Ant-Man A funny heist comedy wrapped in a Marvel superhero movie.
No shield. No armor. No problem.
One of the taglines for this movie: No Shield. No Armor. No Problem. A burglar must find the hero inside himself to help a bitter scientist protect the secret behind his invention which allows a person to shrink in size while increasing in strength. Against towering odds they must work together with their trusted associates to pull off a heist that will save the world from the threat of a global terrorist infestation.
Scott Lang is a former systems engineer at VistaCorp who has just gotten out of prison for the redistribution of wealth from the company's coffers and must now find a way to hold down a job as an ex-con to be able to pay child support so he can stay in his daughter's life. Hank Pym is a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who discovered the subatomic particles that make it possible for him to become Ant-Man but must now take Scott under his wing to become the new Ant-Man to keep his former protégé from gaining the technology that would spell disaster for the geopolitical landscape. Luis is Scott's former cellmate with a perpetual optimistic outlook on life who is his connection to the word on the street about the places, people and things ripe for the plucking if he were still interested in that sort of thing. Hope van Dyne is the daughter of Janet van Dyne & Hank and the deciding vote on the board that got Hank kicked out of Pym Technologies, who doesn't understand why her father shut her out of his life after the death of her mother years ago and why she was not chosen to be the new Ant-Man. Darren Cross is the ex mentee of Hank who is the new head of his company after he lead a hostile takeover with the help of Hope and now plans to take the company in a new dangerous direction with the military applications of his Yellowjacket project.
Ant-Man is the twelfth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the most funny of the films to come out of these adapted comic book movies so far. For me the best way to describe this film is The Rockeeter meets Honey, I Shrunk The Kids in an episode of It Takes A Thief during The Avengers. The movie feels like the superhero book Elmore Leonard never got around to writing and the character of Luis' Tip Montages are hilarious. Paul Rudd is at his most charming and disarming as a rogue with a heart of gold who gets in way over his head as he portrays an everyman caught in a power struggle between technological juggernauts. Peyton Reed does an excellent job in showing the lighter side of the Marvel Universe with a story that still has a lot of the winks and nods from the man who was originally going to direct the movie, Edgar Wright. Part of me still wishes I got to see what this movie would have been like if Edgar Wright had written & directed it with his unique artistic flair. This motion picture is brimming with potential character developments that I really hope get explored & fleshed out in future installments. If I had any regrets to watching this movie it is that I didn't get to see it in 3D which makes me envious of those who did. I rate this movie a rating of 4 out of 5. Big laughs on a small scale for the whole family to enjoy.
There is a mid credit scene that lets you know that there will be more minute heroes on the horizon if this film is a box office success.
There is also a stinger aka end credit scene which sets up the beginning of the MCU's Third Phase of movies starting with Captain America: Civil War.
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