Ant-Man (2015)

PEYTON REED

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2015.  , .  Story by , , Screenplay by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, , , based on the Marvel comics by , , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .

is released from prison after serving three years for robbing a greedy banker who had ripped off his clients.  plays a scientist whose amazing miniaturization technology is a secret he is guarding while the shady head of the company he used to own (played by ) tries to get hold of it.  Douglas puts himself in Rudd’s way and convinces him, against the protestations of his daughter (), to be his test subject, turning Rudd into a tiny superhero with massive strength who can communicate with ants and control their actions.  This introduction of the Marvel character has the right formulation of all its elements, from the steady build-up of character background to the explosion of action in the finale, the great comic relief provided by as well as the personal conflicts in Rudd’s life: he can’t get right with his ex-wife () or her new boyfriend () enough for them to let him spend more time with his daughter.  Intrigue and enjoyment are the name of the game, helped along by Douglas’ breezy and charismatic performance, marred only by Stoll’s terrific performance not being given nearly enough villainy to perform.

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