Well, I guess I’ve hit my limit for Marvel movies this summer. This movie was amusing and instantly forgettable. For $10, seeing it in 3-D was a little more entertaining, but I think Marvel is really starting to scrub the bottom of the bucket with stories and super heroes. I like a good superhero movie, sure, but at some point enough is enough. I had zero expectations going in and came out wondering if I should have found a better use for my time and my $10.
The story of Ant-man is like most other superhero stories. A ne’er-do-well type gets out of jail, after performing some sort of Robin Hood like crime, and can’t find work because he’s an ex-con (I did have an Orange is the New Black – Tastee moment, but let’s not add something to the movie that isn’t there). Ultimately , he ends up turning back to crime, but lo and behold, the person he planned on burgling ‘let’s’ him steal and he’s been chosen to be the new Ant-man.
The story could not have been more tired. Sometimes, like with Chris Pratt, an actor can make something feel interesting and new. Paul Rudd and Evangline Lilly are not those actors. I really struggle with the latter, as I loved Kate from Lost, but the last few movies I’ve seen Lilly in, she’s been just bland. I’m not sure what to attribute this to, but I just didn’t feel any of her performances resonated. Bland is probably the best word to use. More than that, she and Rudd were just uninteresting, even if he had some witty lines. The supporting cast stole the scenes they were in.
Marvel has really contrived this story out of nothing, more than Guardians of the Galaxy. A different cast might have had a different outcome, but for the most part, I want my two hours and $10 back.