Ant-Man did not let its poor inheritance deter it from its ambitions. Arguably the silliest of the current mainstream superhero comics to make it to the big screen, Ant-Man takes all the automatic flak to the chest and ludicrously shrugs it off.
The film itself suffers from poor pace, and a lack of depth in the early two acts. A sub-plot between Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope (Evangeline Lilly) could be removed even in favour of an expansion to Scott Lang/Ant-Man‘s (Paul Rudd) relationship with his daughter. However, come the final and third act the preposterous nature of the plot, shallow depth, and poor humour had somehow been washed away and the final few minutes redeemed the film; an incredible display of light and action, and funny quips, managed to save this bold film and deliver what felt like an all round enjoyable film.
The final set-pieces brought back memories of Small Soldiers (1998) and Honey I Shrunk the Kids (1989) (mostly because of the ant). It was also wildly entertaining, clever, and beautiful to watch in IMAX 3D.
The Marvel Film Franchise can be seen as overrated for some, but Ant-Man earns its plaudits, whilst being aware of its flaws.
Verdict – 7/10 – The loss of pace in the opening is the biggest hindrance. A greater emphasis on providing a compelling story would not have gone amiss, or at least attaining a balance better, like Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)