My Ant-Man Review: It's the Little Things that Make Life Big
Thanks to Disney Parks Blog, my family and I were able to score some tickets to their preview event yesterday at AMC Downtown Disney. It was an early call that made for a great morning. We were each given these Ant-Man paper mask fans, 3D glasses, popcorn and a drink. We got seated and waited for the movie to begin.
I have to confess I have not seen many and only bits and pieces of various Marvel movies. I couldn't know any of the trivia questions they were asking since the Marvel world is still new to me. It is only since Iron Man came out that my husband and kids became interested in the Marvel characters. They really enjoy watching these movies over and over again. I only went to see Ant-Man because I had free tickets ... and I REALLY LIKED IT!
The story starts off a little slow but I get it, it's the first time we get introduced to this character so we need to hear his story. I enjoyed the cast of Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man), Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) and Evangeline Lilly (Hope). They had good chemistry to make their characters and relationships believable. I enjoyed the characters and actors who made up Scott's group of misfit friends. Once the movie got going, it was a good ride.
Without any spoilers, here's 3 things I took away from Ant-Man:
- EVERYONE WANTS A SECOND CHANCE: We are all a little broken from a bad decision/choice we may have made that adversely affects a relationship we have with someone. We may have regrets or want to make up for our poor decision. Who doesn't want a second chance or redemption?
- GREED IS NOT GOOD: It is funny that Michael Douglas' character, Gordon Gecko from Wall Street, made the line "Greed is Good" famous. In Ant-Man, the bad guy is an ambitious former associate of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) who lets his greed for power and acceptance lead him to make ruthless decisions that can potentially bring chaos to the world.
- RELATIONSHIPS CAN BE HEALED BY BEING HONEST WITH THOSE YOU LOVE: We tend to protect those we love by not telling them everything. Hiding the truth or telling white lies can be a powerful barrier that keeps relationships at arms length. Revealing the entire story in detail and sharing the truth can be healing and the first steps to building relationships.
We saw Ant-Man in 3-D and I was able to appreciate this particular story, the character and action sequences in this medium. I appreciated the subtle humor that was woven throughout the story. It's still an action movie, definitely Marvel, but on the light side. If you are on the fence about seeing Ant-Man, get off and make plans to see it.
Final notes: Small and tiny means it is okay to ask lots of friends for help in order to do big things like saving the world from evil people. Every team member has a special talent to contribute to the end goal. Stan Lee's cameo is good. Stay through the end of the credits. Take your family or friends to see a good movie in Ant-Man.