Small in size and unfortunately small in impact is how I’d describe Ant Man. To be honest I had my reservations regarding this film, but after the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, I’ve learnt to never write off Marvel studios. However after watching Ant-Man, I had the exact same feeling I had after watching Avengers: Age of Ultron – disappointment.
George RR Martin recently voiced his concern regarding the Marvel villains just being mirror images of the hero, same powers, different suit and he had a very good point. The film has some good action and typical Marvel humour, after all Paul Rudd is a great comedic actor, but he also manages to play the hero really well, I just think he deserved a bigger character (no pun intended). The effects were spectacular too, I mean really really great, but the film’s main problem lies in its storytelling, its too predictable and the same old tired tale.
Father, down on his luck, wants to redeem himself in the eyes of his daughter, it’s heartfelt sure, but we’ve seen it before. To be honest you can probably say that about a lot of superhero origins, however it’s about the balance between what motivates them and the action they ultimately take. It may sound a bit harsh, after all the film is enjoyable, the problem is we’ve come to expect so much from this genre that unfortunately it just fell a bit flat compared to some of the others. By no means terrible, but not great either. Sorry Paul.