I did not love Guardians of the Galaxy. I thought it was too funny, too jokey. I felt the same with Age of Ultron. Too many jokes, no gravitas. What I was looking for was a more serious kind of superhero movie, similar in tone to the Daredevil television show. With Ant-Man, I change my mind. Ant-Man is a hilarious, fun movie and I enjoyed it very much.
Basic premise is this: Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) — an accomplished thief — is given a suit that can shrink by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) who tasks Scott with performing a heist that will save the world.
The jokes come fast and in great succession. This is a superhero movie, but also a comedy. Paul Rudd is a perfect protagonist as his time in comedies clearly help toward creating a very funny Scott Lang.
While Rudd and Douglas are great in the film, as is Lilly, I must take note of Michael Pena’s performance. That guy is hilarious and truly steals the show with every one of his incredibly funny lines. This movie would be substantially less entertaining without Pena.
The action is also hilarious in that every time things start feeling tense, we zoom out and see that — unlike other superhero films — the only collateral damage done is with toy blocks being knocked over or a pack of lifesavers being opened. Ant-Man is small and really doesn’t knock over too many buildings when he gets into his superhero fights.
Score: 8/10 Funny movie. Better than Guardians of the Galaxy in my opinion. I would still love to see a more serious tone in a Marvel film, but this was great nonetheless.