Ant-Man – Should I Watch It?
Intro to… Ant-Man
Marvelites have been counting the days for the release of Ant-Man. Not only because it is another Marvel movie, but because Ant-Man is the cinematic introduction of one of the original founders of the Avengers and thus a character that is sure to play an important role in the upcoming Civil War and Infinity War movies.
Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is a genius biochemist who, decades ago, discovered a unique group of subatomic particles he humbly called the “Pym Particles”. These particles allowed him to change the distance of particles, which in turn allowed him to shrink or enlarge items and life forms. His discovery enabled him to create a suit that allowed him to shrink and revert back to normal. Hank took the alias Ant-Man and prevented several global disasters before the suit took a toll on him and he was no longer able to use it.
Hank never acknowledged the existence of the Pym Particle but that does not stop some from trying to recreate it. On the foreground of this scientific field is Hank’s former protégé Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). He already found a way to shrink items and is close to finding the secret to do the same to living matter. Darren plans to weaponise this technology and sell it for an enormous profit.
Together with his estranged daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), Hank recruits physicist/burglar Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to become the next Ant-Man and prevent Darren from unleashing this technology upon the world.
Should I Watch It?
By now we should be familiar with superhero origin stories. Studios have been throwing them at us to see what sticks for years. And if you look at the line-up for the next couple of years it is obvious they are far from done. Marvel has been especially successful in this endeavour and this has brought us Ant-Man.
Ant-Man is your standard run-of-the-mill superhero origin story. It takes all of the rules and applies it. The team working on this simply grabbed a template and completed the assignment. And why not? Studios have been doing it for years and many box office hits have been the result. Why take any risks?
Well, because it is getting stale. Cinemas have been flooded with superhero stories are growing bored. We need scenes that stand out, that are memorable. Think of the Hulk throwing around Loki like it is nothing in The Avengers or Quicksilver’s scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past. You still talk about these scenes, and will continue to do so for a long time. Ant-Man fails in this. Sure, it has some funny scenes that might make you chuckle, but it has been two days since I saw it movie and there is not a single scene that comes to mind that really stood out. Two more weeks and I will have completely forgotten about it.
Fifteen years ago I might have enjoyed Ant-Man. I would have liked an origin story of a superhero not called Batman or Superman. It would have felt new and refreshing. But it is not fifteen years ago. Dozens of this type of movies have been released and instead of new and refreshing it feels bland and rehashed. You should watch this if you are a fan of superhero movies and want to keep track of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but as a stand-alone film I do not recommend it.
No, don’t watch it.