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I was truly excited when I got invited to the Ant-Man screening ahead of its release on Friday. Sure, the trailer wasn’t that funny or filled with that much action, but with Marvel’s recent releases providing a huge amount of entertainment, it was bound to be another hit. Or was it?
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, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
With the brilliant Paul Rudd cast as superhero Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, I was pretty pleased to see him appear at the screening and do a little intro before the main movie with the help of director Peyton Reed. Rudd is naturally funny and he has that kind of clumsy charm about him that really is Hollywood gold. Of course I was expecting that charm and clumsiness to come across in the movie. After all he is a no-good dad who can’t keep himself out of trouble.
With Ant-Man, Marvel really had every opportunity to make it something completely different and just to have some fun. With Edgar Wright as director and writer (at least for the first part), there was a huge opportunity to really push the comedy factor and to somewhat push the whole Marvel universe to do something completely new.
Unfortunately I was left a bit disappointed. There were some pretty funny scenes, a good amount of action, a number of scare factors (giant ants anyone?) and some huge talent, but the comedy seemed a little too safe for the most part and a bit too few and far between. There were some good Avengers references and that bit of Lang self-doubt which makes him charming, but he really could have turned up his funny side. Of course that’s mostly down to his script, but considering his previous roles (Anchorman 2, This is 40) I do think he would’ve had some sway.
Don’t get me wrong, it is still a fun movie to watch, with a good old-school heist and I did laugh quite a bit. It’s also possible that my expectations were a little too high following Marvel’s other releases in the past year, but especially following the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, I wish they’d been a bit more adventurous with this one. One thing that has been growing on me more and more is 3D. To start with I didn’t think it was all that amazing and to be honest, wearing those glasses throughout the whole movie can be a little tedious, but with action movies like this one, it does add a little something else to it.
If you decide to go and watch it, I’d love to hear your thoughts.