Ant-Man 3D (2015): A Small Superhero for the Small AgesF

IMDb presents a rating of 8/10 stars, a number usually hard to obtain. This means that albeit film critics worrying the masses, Marvel studios is guar-ant-eed to not disappoint.

Before even venturing out the house, I laughed at the concept of a superhero named Ant-Man, and having not seen the trailer, nor read the comics, I assumed it was an ironic title. How I was wrong.

Incorporating humour, action, and drama into a family friendly 117 minutes, the film is a combination to be reckoned with. For children, parents, and young teenagers anyway. Being a student, I found the film predictable and ant-icipated the majority of the plot, proving that it’s intended audience must have been a younger demographic. The film is simplistic and easy to follow – the phrase “Marvel for kids” springs to mind. Regardless, it was still enjoyable, especially when seen at the cinemas using a Meerkat Movies two for one code.

Being short-sighted and the type of person that commonly forgets her glasses because she thinks she only needs them for driving, perhaps seeing Ant-Man in 3D from the very back of the cinema wasn’t the best of ideas. I’m sure I did not get the same experience of things coming out of the screen that everyone else did, without squinting slightly anyway. Even without the latter Ant-Man was a surprising watch.

The films formula differs from the usual Marvel films, with protagonist Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), an ex-con, partaking in so-called heists in an attempt to save the world from the ant-agonists ant-ics. The cast seem to openly mock the fact that Ant-Man is not quite an Avenger and is in fact just a clever cat-burglar that caught a break, by illuminating that his powers of switching scale but maintaining strength are simply down to a special suit. This no doubt categorises it as one of the more unique superhero films.

The audience connects with the films characters with ease, noting how the suits inventor Dr. Hank Pym’s (Michael Douglas) daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) was ant-agonised due to knowing the tricks of the trade and therefore being more than capable, but not being able to be the one to wear the costume to bring justice to the world. As well as the storyline of how Lang would do anything, including breaking the law, for daughter Cassie, despite his child support fuelled access issues. After gall-ant efforts Scott emerges a hero to his daughter and Hope is presented with her own shrinking suit, resulting in a pleas-ant ending to the film, all the while leaving enough open-ended questions to suggest a potential sequel.

The number of “ant’s” in this review is 13, just like how the film was unlucky for me. Try it out for yourself in a cinema near you, and let me know your thoughts by commenting below.

Rae Coppola


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