Marvel’s Ant-Man, the 12th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is surprisingly exciting, fun, and a perfect standalone addition to the timeline of our favorite convoluted and long running adaptation series.
Marvel’s Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a cat burglar who gets in over his head when he steals a mysterious suit from the famous Hank Pym (of Pym Industries no less.) After it is revealed that Pym, played by Michael Douglass, intended for Lang to steal the suit, Pym, his daughter and Land form a team with plans to infiltrate Pym Industries and steal back the dangerous Yellow Jacket suit from a (slightly crazy and deranged) former protégée.
The special effects are beautifully well done. Like most Marvel films, they do not hold back but because this one has to do with effects on a small scale as well as pulling those into a human scale, you can truly appreciate all the work that went in to it. Every time Lang is miniaturized the environment is fully realized without anything missing and nothing held back. And when something is accidentally brought from teeny tiny to human size (like an ant to dog size) no detail is left undone. It is truly amazing. The back and forth between miniature and normal in fight scenes was handled flawlessly without missing a beat. It was seriously impressive.
Also alongside Guardians of the Galaxy, this is one of the more humorous Marvel films we have seen yet in my opinion. And like the previously mentioned film, a lot of it has to do with the main actor. Rudd is hilarious in the title role. From the delivery of every frustrated and exasperated sigh to his reluctance fall into superherohood. He is fantastic. He plays wonderfully everyone around him. Douglas plays the angsty and frustrated father figure genius well if not stilted at times but I think that is more of a character trait that a product of the actor himself. I also loved T.I., Michael Pena, and David Dastmalchian as his coconspirators in the film. They added even more humor in parts of the plot where things got apprehensive and you found a much needed laugh to ease the tension.
I can’t wait until the sequel comes out when we get a look at another similar character as The Wasp becomes a main character.
As of TODAY, you can get Marvel’s Ant-Man on Digital SD, 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack (3D Blu-ray+Single Disc Blu-ray+Digital Copy), Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand! And trust me you will want to with all the bonus features that come with it.
The “Let’s Go to the Macroverse” bonus feature was by far the most interesting. It shows you how they made the world of the movie including the subatomic world and why it looked the way it looked as well as how they put Rudd into the crazy environments when he was miniaturized and why those were designed they way they were. The Making of featurette is always interesting if you want a behind the scenes video. It gives you some fun looks into the costume, stunts, and how the cast interacted on set.
Digital HD*, Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA), 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray
- Let’s Go To The Macroverse
- Shrink down to size in this fascinating look at creating the world from Ant-Man’s perspective, from macro photography through the subatomic.
- Making Of An Ant-Sized Heist: A How-To Guide
- Set your watch and count down the action in this fast-paced behind-the-scenes look at how to pull off a heist movie, including Scott Lang’s hilarious heist “family,” Ant-Man’s costume, plus amazing stunts and effects.
- WHIH NewsFront
- A hard-hitting collection of content, including a glimpse at the future of Pym Technologies with Darren Cross, anchor Christine Everhart’s interview with soon-to-be-released prisoner Scott Lang on his notorious VistaCorp heist, and more.
- Deleted & Extended Scenes
- Gag Reel
- Audio Commentary By Peyton Reed And Paul Rudd
*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer
- Deleted Scene